Types of Massage

Other Types

  • Description
  • Background
  • Theory
  • Research

There are many types of massage therapy facilitated by a specialist Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Osteopath or registered health professional with a deep understanding of anatomy & physiology. Some of these include trigger point, deep tissue, sports, myotherapy and neuromuscular. The goal of these modalities is to fix a specific condition, injury or disorder. The best way to think of them is that they're used to establish favourable conditions so the body can return to normal health after injury.

 

During treatment, the Therapist uses information gathered during consultation & assessment to identify areas requiring attention & design a suitable injury or condition treatment program. It’s effective in treating a wide array of conditions & injury’s such as:

  • Neck & back pain

  • Tension headaches

  • Jaw pain

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Arthritis

  • Sciatica

  • Hamstring injury

  • Achilles Tendon

  • Scar tissue, Repetitive strain injury

  • Tennis elbow

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Stress

  • Muscular spasms & cramps

  •  Whiplash

  • Sport injury

 

Treatments can dramatically reduce pain, discomfort & assist the body's natural healing process. Whether it is stress, work related,  WorkCover Claims related, or injury from leisure or sport, these therapy massage types can really assist people of all ages to overcome injury & manage pain.

Whether after vigorous exercise or to address a specific condition, a massage simply feels amazing. Sports people & health professionals have long contended massage eases inflammation, improves blood flow & reduces muscle tightness.

 

While more research is required, a group of clever scientists recently shed a glimmer of insight about why massage has an apparent beneficial effect. A rstudy published in the Science Translational Medicine took a leg biopsy of 11 subjects at rest. A second biopsy was conducted after vigorous exercise followed by a 10-minute massage. A final biopsy was taken after 2.5 hours rest to track the process of muscle injury & repair.

 

The researchers  found that massage reduced the production of cytokines, which play a role in inflammation (& pain). Furthermore massage stimulated mitochondria, which convert glucose into energy that is essential for cell function & repair.

 

The bottom line - massage appears to suppress inflammation & enhances cell recovery.  So getting a professional massage may enhance recovery. It's a wonderful start to furthering our understanding of why & how massage appears to work.

There are numerous theories about how massage therapy may affect the body. For example, the "gate control theory" suggests that massage may provide stimulation that helps to block pain signals sent to the brain.

 

Other theories suggest that massage might stimulate the release of certain chemicals in the body, such as serotonin or endorphins, or cause beneficial mechanical changes in the body. However, additional studies are needed to test the various theories.

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Note: MojoGuru does not recommend any treatment, therapy or particular provider. We do not recommend that you self-diagnose. If you are suffering from a health condition and before starting a new treatment or therapy, we do recommend that you first consult a GP. More