When you go to the gym or a fitness center, you choose different types of machines and exercises such as; treadmill, free weight, machines, muscle stretches, aerobic classes, etc. Our therapist have a wide range of other treatments and modalities.
You may all have experience all kinds of massage. Massage performed by our practitioners are therapeutic and based on science. It is specific to the needs of our individual clients.
The benefits of different types of massage are seen in 3 body systems:
- mobilisation of soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments)
- stretching, mobilisation, lysing of scar tissue
- improve lymphatic drainage
- circulatory – increased blow flow, stimulation of the healing process
- neurological – can be either relaxing or stimulating
- pain and stress relief
- preparation for physical activity
There are different types of massage, each designed to get the specific benefits above. The 4 main types of massage are:
- Stroking – this is a gliding movement performed in any direction. Soothing stroke have slow, rhythmical movements designed to have a sedative affect. Stimulating stroking has brisk, invigorating strokes in any one direction designed to stimulate
- Effleurage – this is a rhythmical, superficial or deep gliding movement in the direction of flow of veins and lymphatics. This helps to reduce swelling following injury, stretch scar tissue, relax muscles, and is used as a connecting massage stroke
- Petrissage – this is used to help reduce swelling following injury, mobilize scar tissue, reduce muscle spasm and help circulation
- Frictions – this a cross (transverse) movement over the affected area (ligaments, tendons and muscles). This helps in the healing process or is used to break down scar tissue. Deep friction massage therapy is a more vigorous form of this
Mobilisation and manipulation techniques are commonly used when you have pain and stiffness around a joint or muscle. Rest assured that our therapist is highly trained to administer treatment within effective and your tolerance level.
- Mobilisation – is where the therapist uses smooth movements of 2 or 3 seconds of small or large force anywhere within the range of movement of the joint
- Manipulation – is the next step from mobilisation, where the therapist applies a thrust of small force on the joint at the end of its range of movement
Our therapists have a grading system for identifying the level of stiffness and pain. This is to help them devise a treatment regime that is catered to your complaint. Pain and stiffness have specific relationships with each other, and our therapist are experts in handling these. If you hear any clicks or pops, don’t be alarmed as these are natural and safe.
Electrotherapy (including Ultrasound)
In our centre there are different types of electrotherapy, ranging from heat, sound waves or electrical stimulation. These are good for treating pain in muscles and joints, swelling, and to help the healing process. The different types of these therapy treatments are:
- Ultrasound – for lysis of adhesions and stimulation of microcirculation and healing
- TENS – Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) for pain management