Massage is a highly effective form of physiotherapy treatment. It is the manipulation of soft tissues with physical, functional, mechanical, and medical/therapeutic and in some cases psychological purposes and goals. It will generally enhance the function of the tissues manipulated and promote relaxation and wellbeing.
• Massage involves manually manipulating the body through pressure, tension, motion and vibration. Massage can be performed with the hands, fingers elbows, forearms or feet.
• Extensive research has shown that the benefits of massage include, pain relief, reduction in anxiety and depression, temporary reduction in blood pressure and heart rate.
• Physiotherapy massage also stimulates receptors in the skin in order to help block nociception (perception of pain), increase the flow of lymph and most importantly break down and prevent fibrosis or scar tissue formation.
• Massage is most effective for all soft tissue injuries, particularly muscle pain. Soft tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, skin and other connective tissue.
• Massage is effective in treating people from all walks of life - from the physically inactive right up to recreational and elite sportsmen and women,
• Those suffering tension or stress unrelated to physical injuries may also benefit from the therapeutic effects of massage.