Remedial Massage Therapy has been defined as normalising restriction and reducing pain when caused by soft tissue (muscle, ligament, tendon or joint irritation). We use a combination of techniques including deep tissue, trigger point, reflexology, myofacial release, shiatsu and cross fibre techniques to achieve the most effective and quickest results possible for each client.
What to expect from your remedial massage
A remedial massage may be painful at times. The goal of the therapists is to fix your injury in the shortest possible time with a minimum number of visits. You may be a little sore after your massage, but your muscles and joints should feel relaxed and free. It is also normal for some people to experience a bit of a “bruised” feeling for a few days after a remedial massage. When you get up off the table the majority of people feel a definite improvement in their soft tissue injury.
What types of conditions can remedial massage treat?
A good remedial massage can treat the following, as well as some other conditions with a very high success rate
(depending of course on the cause of the problem)
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Tennis & Golfers’ elbow
- Scoliosis, Sciatica & other back pain
- ITB complaints
- Knee pain
- Shin splints/Achilles tendonitis
- Foot pain/sprained ankles
- Various other injuries
Sports Massage has been defined as a form of physical treatment aimed at optimizing athletic performance, reducing the risk of injury and assisting in the rehabilitation of injuries of a soft tissue origin.
What to expect from sports massage
Your massage will be done with a deeper pressure than that of a relaxation massage and the strokes will be quicker
More time will be spent on muscles that take a greater load from your chosen sport/activity
Pre and post event massages can be arranged on site for your special event
After your massage you should feel relaxed but alert, your muscles and joints should feel relaxed and free
The benefits of sports massage
- Warm and ready the muscles for activity
- Prevent sports related injuries
- Improve performance and endurance
- Relieve post-event pain and stiffness
- Return muscles to normal faster
- Relief of chronic muscle pain, tension or spasms
- Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
- Recovery from repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow
- Improve postural problems and mobility
- Release Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
- Releif from Ostearthritis pain, Sciatica and Piriformis syndrome
Relaxation massage is a gentler, slower massage than either a sports or remedial massage. Relaxation massage is a smooth, flowing type of massage, and you may even fall asleep during your treatment. It is best to have a friend pick you up after your massage as your driving can be impaired by the deep levels of relaxation, which can be instilled by this form of massage.
What to expect from your relaxation massage
Your massage will be done with a firm pressure and will flow from one stroke to the next. If you would like more or less pressure, please let your therapist know – it is your massage. Don’t be surprised if you fall asleep on the massage table. Studies have shown that a one-hour full body massage is the equivalent of eight hours sleep for your muscles. When your massage is finished take care getting off the massage table as it is likely you will feel a little dizzy when standing up.
- Reduced muscle tension
- Improved circulation
- Stimulation of the lymphatic system
- Reduction of stress hormones
- Increased joint mobility and flexibility
- Improved skin tone
- Speedier healing of soft tissue injuries
- Heightened mental alertness
- Reduced anxiety and depression
Osteitis pubis is a painful inflammatory condition of the pubic symphysis, the joint between the right and left pubic bones of the pelvis. It is usually caused by excessive movement of the pubic bones. This condition is prevalent amongst football players, as well as runners and other athletes. Osteitis Pubis symptoms can also occur in Women, Post Pregnancy including pelvic instability.
- Actions such as running, jumping, kicking, and rapid changes in direction cause the abdominal and groin muscles to exert a pulling force on the pubic bones, which result in excessive stress and inflammation.
- Tight adductor and hamstring muscles along with weak abdominal muscles can also contribute to osteitis pubis.
- Pain is generally localised over the pubic symphysis and may radiate to the lower abdomen, groin, inner thigh, testicles or hips.
- Loss of flexibility in the groin.
- Pain when pulling the leg inwards against resistance.The incidence of osteitis pubis in footballers has increased sharply over the last decade. 3 reasons for this are:
- The increased physical demands of football.
- The increased hardness of the surfaces.
- The increasing demand for size and strength among footballers. Our therapists at Waverley Massage have developed specific techniques that have achieved great results with osteitis pubis.