This Massage or That Massage?!?! Which treatment is right for you?

With lots of different types of massage treatments available it's hard to know which one is the right one for you when booking an appointment. At Forest Physical Therapy I combine my list of skills and offer one type of appointment....Clinical Massage.

So what is clinical massage and why do I club the variety of techniques together? Let me explain....

What is Clinical Massage?

Clinical massage isn't defined by a technique but the modality...I use a combination of techniques to achieve a specific outcome, whether that be a reduction in pain, increased range of movement, improved posture, treatment of acute or reoccurring injury or general relaxation, the type of treatment you will receive is entirely tailored to you and your needs.

The Techniques explained...

Postural and movement assessments.

We look at your static posture to see if there are any imbalances that could cause or are causing pain and discomfort as well as movement and restriction tests that check how well your muscles and joints are working together. Where you are injured or feeling pain is not always where it begins and we aim to discover and treat the underlying causes.

Swedish massage

Primarily involves long, soft, kneading strokes to release tension from the whole of your body. While releasing tension from the surface layers of muscles, this method uses light, tapping, rhythmic strokes, combined with joint movement to relax, energize, and heal your joints and muscles.

Deep tissue massage

Includes strokes similar to those of Swedish massage, but the therapist will apply deeper pressure to specific areas that require more attention. This helps to release tension in the deeper layers of muscle and in the connective tissues, or fascia, beneath the muscles. It can cause some level of discomfort but the therapist will be trained to know what is "good pain" and what is "bad pain" and will work with you to find the right level of pressure for you.

Sport Massage

Involves manual manipulation of the muscles geared specifically toward helping people who have physically demanding lifestyles and/or hobbies or who engages in regular physical activity. Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems such as postural issues and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. It is used to help prevent injuries, to prepare the body for activity and maintain it in optimal condition as well as to aid recovery from workouts and injuries. Sports massage has three basic forms: pre-event massage, post-event massage, and maintenance massage with maintenance and recovery being the most popular reason for these treatments at Forest Physical Therapy.

PNF and passive stretching

While there are multiple manual stretching techniques, all of them rely on stretching a muscle to its limit. PNF triggers the stretch reflex that calms the muscle to prevent injury. PNF causes the brain to say ‘I don’t want that muscle to tear’ and sends a message to let the muscle relax a little more than it would normally. By working with your natural reflexes, PNF stretching is an easy and effective way to increase your overall flexibility and range of motion. It's important to have a good trusting relationship with your therapist so that you are able to relax.

In all of this using breath work helps to calm the "Fight or Flight" response too so you may be asked to take a deep breath in and then breathe out slowly whilst using some of the deeper techniques!

What ever your need for soft tissue treatment, with our knowledge and hands-on approach to relieving pain, maintaining muscular health and improving movement, Forest Physical Therapy can help you.

Initial consultation and treatment for £40.

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