From a relaxing treat to treating chronic pain there are many advantages of massage
There are many different types of massage but most involve applying pressure to the body through hands, fingers, elbows, forearms and sometimes feet or knees to manipulate muscles, tendons and ligaments. A variety of massage techniques can be used to relax, ease stress, loosen stiffness or help towards easing an injury.
Depending on the nature of the massage, clients can be treated while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying on a mat on the floor.
At PHP, our practitioners can offer several different types of massage. The practitioner you see may depend on the type of massage you require. If you are unsure which type of massage you need then please contact our reception who will be able to advise you.
Pain or injury relief massages
A combination of techniques are used specifically on areas that have been injured during sport, such as lower back, neck and knees to relax the muscles and allow blood flow to the area to aid with healing.
All of our Physiotherapists are trained in massage techniques that are aimed at the treatment of muscles, tendons and ligaments after an injury. Physiotherapy massage is very much a part of an overall treatment and is combined with other techniques and exercises to aid recovery.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
While some of the strokes may feel the same as those used in Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage is unique in the sense that it is used to dissipate scar tissue and physically break down muscle “knots” or adhesions – bands of painful, rigid tissue – that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, a limited range of motion and inflammation. Some light bruising is also a possible side effect of deep tissue massage.