Massage Therapy Articles

Massage Therapy

This page contains Massage Therapy articles that are indexed on the Health and Wellbeing Blog tab.

The Good News on Massage Therapy

Massage is perhaps one of the oldest healing traditions. Many ancient peoples – including the Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians have used it as a way of treating a variety of ailments.

Massage therapy is the practice of kneading a person’s muscles and other soft-tissue in order to improve their wellbeing. The term ‘massage therapy’ is used to describe a wide variety of techniques that use a variety of touch, pressure and intensity as a form of physical treatment.

Massage for treatment of some disorders

Research indicates that massage therapy is effective in managing:

  • subacute/chronic low back pain
  • delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
  • anxiety
  • stress
  • soft tissue injuries – sprains and strains
  • high blood pressure

Benefits of massage

Massage therapy results in a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of brain chemicals that produce feelings of wellbeing.  As a result, levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin and cortisol, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.

Some of the physical benefits of massage therapy include:

  • reduced muscle tension
  • improved circulation
  • stimulation of the lymphatic system
  • reduction of stress hormones
  • relaxation
  • increased joint mobility and flexibility
  • improved skin tone
  • improved recovery of soft tissue injuries
  • heightened mental alertness
  • reduced anxiety and depression.

Different types of massage

The different types of massage therapy available at Woden Wellness Centre include:

  • Remedial Massage– involves the assessment and treatment of soft tissue pain and injury that affects the movement of joints and muscles. Remedial massage is applied to restore and maintain the health and function of the soft tissue structure which includes muscles, tendons, ligaments and also the fascia of the body.
  • Therapeutic– is another name for remedial massage.
  • Lymphatic drainage– a gentle whole body treatment which promotes the movement and flushing of the lymph system of the body. As a result, this treatment increases blood flow and reduces swelling within the tissue. Lymphatic drainage is particularly helpful for excessive fluid build-up in legs, feet and arms.
  • Massage for Babies and Children– can help to treat constipation, colic and also sleeping problems. Studies have found that regular massage helps premature babies to gain weight at a faster rate.
  • Sports– this is an application of massage either before or after sports performance. The type of treatment applied depends on the competition, sports injury or stage of training the competitor is in. Sports massage is a blend of techniques that aim to enhance performance and help overworked muscles to recover quickly.