Initial Massage Treatment

The benefits of massage therapy can be felt in many ways. For example if you were to have deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy in an attempt to treat a sports injury or any sort of musculoskeletal pain, you would be likely to feel the benefits almost immediately as your range of motion is improved and movements become freer and easier to do. Of course, the other obvious benefit is the pain relief experienced in the problem area!

This sort of massage therapy is usually specific to the affected area and can be uncomfortable at first. This is due to the depth of the treatment stimulating the nerve fibres as the therapist applies techniques to ‘unravel the knots’ that have formed as a result of the muscle fibres shortening and tightening. You don’t have to tolerate too much discomfort for it to be effective though, so be sure to communicate with your massage therapist so that they can then adapt the pressure to a level that is comfortable for you.

Remedial massage therapy is also very effective at treating injuries, however it entails a more complete massage that works with all of the muscles in the body. The remedial massage therapist maintains a firm, but gentle pressure while they work with each of the muscle groups. As each area becomes more relaxed, it decreases the tightening effect that it has had on the next area until eventually, the whole musculoskeletal system can work again as one.

This type of massage is successful in the treatment of many ailments including neck and back pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, tension headaches and countless other problems that our bodies encounter as a result of our daily lives, including the number one, ever present affliction, stress!

Of course, other systems in our bodies benefit from massage therapy also, namely the circulatory and lymphatic systems. With the muscle fibres now able to allow new, oxygenated blood to enter and flush out the toxins that have built up, the immune system is strengthened, energy levels improve and an overall feeling of wellbeing is restored.

Pregnancy massage is a more specialised area for obvious reasons, the health of mother and baby must be considered. If a woman has been receiving regular remedial massage therapy, it is usually okay to continue with treatment even in the early stages of pregnancy, which is helpful as it is during this time that the ligaments are softening and muscle spasms are common. However, if she is new to this form of treatment, it is recommended that she wait until the first trimester has passed, as an unusual movement of built up toxins may be problematic.

Massage therapy during pregnancy is at it’s most beneficial in the later stages when expectant mums are often suffering from lower back pain, leg pain, headaches and sciatica (to name a few). Combined with gentle exercises and stretching, massage can provide great relief during this ‘preparation phase’. Consult with your therapist, as to whether or not they are competent with this type of massage and whether or not they have the pregnancy pillows designed to help position a woman to receive massage treatment comfortably.

On a final note, massage therapists usually use oils when they administer their treatment. If you have any allergies or any aversions to scented oils be sure to tell them before they commence your treatment. It is also preferable that the oils they use are water dispersible so that they do not stain your clothes.

For the best massage therapy in Brisbane make your appointment with one of our highly qualified and experienced remedial massage therapists here at Kenmore’s Access To Alternative Health today!

Structural therapies work within the framework of the body to help ensure that freedom of movement is kept or regained, and that a person has the optimum mobility levels and quality of life.