Relaxation, Therapeutic, or Pregnancy Massage:
Sports massage was originally developed to help athletes relieve and prevent injuries through the management, manipulation and maintenance of soft tissues; but it’s not just sporting types who can benefit from the many physical, physiological and psychological benefits that regular massage can bring. Stress, anxiety and regular overuse of muscle groups may all be alleviated by sports massage. Day to day problems, which many experience such as back and neck pain, repetitive strain injuries, sprains and tension, may all benefit from regular massage.
Regular sports massage can:
- Relieve muscle tension and reduce muscle spasms, increasing mobility
- Improve flexibility of muscles
- Improve quality of scar tissue after injury and reduce swelling
- Increase supply of oxygen and nutrients to tissues through increased blood circulation, promoting recovery and help preventing overuse
- Help in the removal of metabolic waste products as lymph flow is increased
- Relieve anxiety, stress and tension through neurological feedback
- Reduce pain by stimulating receptors in the skins surface
Rachel Davison is a qualified physiotherapist and has postgraduate training as a Sports Massage Therapist.
You can contact her direct on 07737 031583, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rsdsportsmassage.com
Therapeutic & Relaxation Massage
Massage is one of the key physiotherapy skills but in our time-constrained NHS it can rarely be used to its full potential and is often undervalued.
It can involve specific techniques to work on joint or muscle problems, to reduce scarring or swelling, or it can be used to promote wider psychological benefits such as stress reduction and relaxation via its influence on the nervous system.
Massage is safe throughout pregnancy. It can provide a one-off pampering opportunity or regular sessions can help the body to cope with the many changes that pregnancy brings.
In early pregnancy massage focuses on relaxation with gentle holds and acupressure techniques. Later on, massage is used to help the body adapt to postural challenges and reduce joint and muscle stiffness and swelling. Studies have shown acupressure to be effective for pain relief in labour and these techniques can be taught to you or your birth partner.
Postnatally massage can support the body in returning to balance and shape, releasing tension and aiding muscle recovery.
Carolyn Lindsay has many years' experience using massage and has an ANPT diploma in Pregnancy Massage. You can contact her on 07722 897799, email email@example.com