REMEDIAL - ONCOLOGY - PALLIATIVE - SPORTS
Remedial massage is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. Remedial massage aims to reduce or eliminate pain & restore normal function to the muscles and joints
Common remedial techniques include deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy and stretching where indicated. Deep tissue massage should not be painful, but can be uncomfortable at times as the focus is on the knots and adhesions within the deeper tissue structures. It is important to communicate with your therapist if the pressure becomes painful, or if the pressure is not deep enough to optimise the benefits of your treatment. It is also common for you to feel sore the day following treatment. This is due to your muscles receiving a pretty significant workout throughout the massage. Remember to communicate this to your therapist at your next appointment.
Time spent on a deep tissue massage depends greatly on the presenting problem. It would be unusual to be able to relieve and release ongoing and chronic muscle pain and tension in just one treatment. Your therapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that ensures the best outcome, and will refer you on to other health professionals where necessary
Oncology massage is a therapeutic form of massage with a specially trained Oncology Massage Therapist who will adapt their massage techniques to work safely with clients living with cancer and other degenerative conditions.
It is a safe and effective way to assist in the management of side effects that cancer treatment can produce. Studies have shown that some of the physiological effects of oncology massage include; reduction in blood pressure and heart rate, changes in neurotransmitters including high serotonin and dopamine, reduction in cortisol levels (stress response!), improved immune function and reduction of inflammation as well reduction in pain.
Psychological benefits of oncology massage include; decreased anxiety, improved more restful sleep, greater efficiency and output and reduced stress and improved concentration.
Massage in palliative care is a gentle therapeutic treatment that safely addresses the needs of the client.
Therapists with specialised training pay close attention to the physical, emotional & psychological needs of the person
"Gentle & appropriately adjusted massage is safe for clients who have been diagnosed with a chronic or end stage terminal illness" Palliative Care Australia
Palliative care massage addresses many of the side effect of conventional medical treatments. Some of these include:
It can also help improve quality of life
Sports massage can help improve performance and prevent injury...in addition to assisting the body to recover from injuries. It is not just for athletes! Sports massage aims to prevent the potential for injury or dysfunction with over-training. Post event massage has been shown to reduce the duration and severity of delayed onset muscle soreness. Regular treatments promote optimal health and function ensuring more time and energy for the things you love
Pre-event massage can assist with warming up the muscles to promote optimal performance. It is usually performed 30-60 minutes prior to the race/event. It is usually a fairly light pressure at a fast pace to ensure the muscles are 'ready to go'
Post-event massage can assist with recovery and relieving muscle soreness that often follows sporting events. It is generally a light-moderate pressure with slower strokes to aid in the recovery process.
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