When muscles become knotted and tense or damaged, massage provides a healing treatment that can be gentle or strong, deep or shallow.
Muscular and skeletal dysfunctions often addressed with massage therapy include muscle tightness and pain, arthritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, whiplash, neck and back pain, scoliosis, headaches and sports injuries.
Remedial massage uses several specialised techniques to locate and repair damage to muscles, tendons and joints. Massage therapy supports and speeds up the body’s own repair mechanisms.
The benefits of remedial massage include the stimulation to the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed; the calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort; and the toning and relaxing of muscles to improve joint mobility. An improvement to the health of the cells, the repairing of tissues, and the easing of stiffness and tension can also be experienced through therapeutic relaxation.
Sports massage assists in the prevention and treatment of sports injuries and in recovery from activity. Sports massage is designed to work on the specific muscle groups used in your particular sport and can assist in improving blood flow, increasing flexibility and range of motion and relieving muscle pain from intensive or repeated activity. Sports massage can also be used after an event to flush out the muscles and reduce recovery time.
Deep Tissue massage utilises techniques of firm, slow strokes to reach down into the deeper layers of muscle and tissue. The pressure used in a deep tissue massage is much firmer than a relaxation massage and can help to work out knots and tension in the muscle, while also stimulating circulation and assisting with flushing out toxins.
QV Physiotherapy has two certified massage therapists, qualified in remedial, deep tissue, sports and relaxation massage. Both our therapists have worked in Australia and overseas and regularly engage in sports and movement related activities that motivate and complement their professional practice.