MassageChartered Physiotherapy in Blackpool, St. Annes, Lytham, Poulton, Cleveleys and Fleetwood
Our highly skilled and experienced physiotherapists have a range of massage techniques at their disposal. Massage should be seen as the perfect complement to a lot of other physiotherapy treatments, helping to relieve pain and tease out and realign muscles. Massage therapy isn’t appropriate for all conditions, but our team will be able to tell you whether it’s a good idea as part of your own tailored treatment plan.
What are some of the different therapeutic massage techniques available?
Some of the most common massage treatments are:
- Longitudinal gliding – aims to reduce inflammation and fluid around an injury
- Kneading – varying the rhythm and pressure, massage is performed using different parts of the hand
- Myofascial release – manually stretching to rebalance the body’s seamless connective tissue
- Trigger point therapy – pressure is applied to tender muscle tissue (“trigger points”) to relieve pain and dysfunction elsewhere in the body
- Transverse friction – an oscillating pressure applied by the fingertips to break down pain-producing thickened scar tissue
- Rhythmic compression – creates a deep hyperaemia and softens tissues, normally before deeper sports massage techniques
- Swedish massage – long strokes, friction, kneading, tapping, vibration, effleurage and shaking motions
What are the benefits of massage?
Broadly, the benefits of any kind of massage can be pain relief, reduced stiffness and swelling around joints, feelings of relaxation and reduced stress, and improved sleep.