To massage or not to massage?

massageWith the easing of restrictions we can welcome you all back for massage at the clinics – but what type of treatment is right for you?

It’s easy for patients (and some clinicians) to approach this type of treatment with a myopic view; a massage is a massage, putting a hand or tool on someone will magically get the job done no matter what. In reality, massage is not a one-size-fits all experience and relies on a multitude of techniques to address a wide variety of needs.

Pain relief, relaxation, muscle imbalance and other conditions that lead patients to this type of therapy require different strokes, pressure and time. It also depends on the patient’s desired involvement: some want to participate and engage in the experience, while some simply wish to lay back and relax.   Our massage therapists will carry out a full consultation to provide the best patient care.

As Swedish massage is the basis for many deep tissue techniques, the two therapies share many similarities. There are also some key differences that may help a person decide which method will be best for them.

Deep tissue massage uses more pressure than a Swedish massage. It’s a good option if you have chronic muscle problems, such as soreness, injury, or imbalance. It can help relieve tight muscles, chronic muscle pain, and anxiety. People who have structural abnormalities of the spine and muscles may also benefit from deep tissue massage. This form of treatment can often help release chronic muscle tension and promote correct muscle function.

During a deep tissue massage, your therapist will use slow strokes and deep finger pressure to relieve tension from the deepest layers of your muscles and connective tissues.

While deep tissue may be more intense, you shouldn’t feel any pain or soreness.

Sports massage is a good option if you have a repetitive use injury to a muscle from – for example – playing sport.  It is also a good option if you are prone to injuries because it can be used to help prevent sports injuries.  You may also use this type of treatment to increase flexibility, to relieve pain, anxiety and muscle tension.

A sports massage can be done as a full-body treatment or the therapist may just focus on the part of the body that needs the most attention.  Deep pressure may be alternated with soothing strokes depending on your particular needs.

It is very important that you choose a fully qualified therapist and one that is a member of a regulatory body. Our therapists are all fully qualified and members of the International Council of Holistic Therapists and are therefore bound by their codes of conduct and professionalism.

Our therapists have an arsenal of manual therapy techniques to call upon, to ensure the experience is tailor made for you!

Should you require any further information or would like to speak to a member of our team please call us on: Hitchin 01462 420077 or Luton 01582 579687, alternatively e-mail us on: hitchin@healesclinics.com or luton@healesclinics.com

 

 

 


Peter Heale Chiropractor in Hitchin and LutonFrom the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

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