Unlike other forms of massage, medical massage isn’t used for general wellbeing and relaxation. Pain management is the primary function of medical massage and it’s often used for injury or surgery rehabilitation. It also employs a number of different techniques not generally used in other forms of massage to address specific problems rather than relax muscles and improve blood flow generally. Working on all the soft tissues of the body including muscles and connective tissues, medical massage can assist healing, improve function and ease pain in all different parts of the body.
How it Works
To address pain and limited movement issues, medical massage applies techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, stretching, soft tissue release and a variety of other massage techniques to support healing, break down scar tissue, relax tight muscles, clear blockages in the muscles and encourage a full range of movement in joints and muscles. Myofascial release works by employing gentle stretching and massage to release tension and adhesions in muscle fibres. Trigger point therapy works with specific points and constrictions of the muscles which cause pain to radiate to other parts of the body. By applying and releasing pressure to these points, the therapist can relieve the associated pain. They apply some or all of these techniques to target your specific concerns and our therapists in Hove aim to have you pain free within one to six sessions.
What it Helps
Medical massage can help relieve muscular pain caused by a wide range of injuries, accidents and conditions. It can help with restricted movement as the result of an injury by helping to break down scar tissue and release adhesions in the muscles. Therefore, aside from injury recovery, medical massage can also help with conditions such as tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff issues, whiplash, carpal tunnel syndrome, lumbago, piriformis syndrome and other conditions involved trapped or compressed nerves which cause pain.
What to Expect from Medical Massage
Because of the nature and purpose of medical massage, it involves a longer and more thorough consultation than other types of massage. Some people are referred for medical massage from a specialist or GP who has recommended it as a way to relieve their pain. As such, our therapists will need a full description of your symptoms as well as when and how they began. The treatment will be a lot more focused than normal massage treatments but the therapist will need to work on relaxing muscles in the affected area before they begin working direct to tackle the problem. Depending on your symptoms, the therapist may gently stretch your muscles using repeated movements or apply pressure to a certain point or use strong strokes to work into a muscle. Some treatments may be a little painful but please inform your therapist immediately if you feel any untoward discomfort or any sudden sharp pain. Your therapist may recommend you carry out some stretches at home to help tackle your issues more quickly.
Using massage to alleviate pain from injuries or specific conditions like those above requires specialist training and experience which the massage therapists offering this treatment at The Float Spa in Hove all have. They have treated all kinds of ailments and have seen some excellent results. If you have been recommended for medical massage from a medical professional or have a problem you think it could help with, please call us on 01273 933 680 and we can arrange for one of our massage therapists to speak to you about it.