Remedial Massage, Relaxation massage, Lymphatic Massage, Pre&post marathon/sporting event, Aromatherapy, Tuina, Bowen therapy.
We have professionally qualified holistic massage therapists offering various range of massage therapies in our centre at Dickson, Canberra. Massage Therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. It can assist in alleviating the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes.
Musculoskeletal pain, including low back pain
A significant body of evidence, including systematic reviews, supports the effectiveness of massage therapy in the treatment of a range of musculoskeletal presentations.
There are five systematic reviews of massage and low back pain, including a Cochrane Systematic Review in 2008, which was updated in 2009. The most recent review, published by the Ottawa Panel in 2012, concluded that massage interventions provide short-term improvement of sub-acute and chronic low back pain symptoms and decrease disability at immediate post treatment. Massage therapy provides short-term relief when combined with therapeutic exercise and education.
There are five systematic reviews of neck and shoulder pain, including a Cochrane Systematic Review in 2012 which concluded that massage therapy provides short-term relief of mechanical neck pain. A systematic review published by the Ottawa Panel in 2012 reached a similar conclusion.
A 2013 meta-analysis and systematic review also showed that massage therapy is an effective intervention that may provide immediate relief of neck and shoulder pain.
What happens in a Massage Therapy session?
The client is usually unclothed for the treatment, covered with towels for privacy. The therapy usually incorporate the of high quality oil specifically formulated for massage. Conditions that benefit from this modality include:
Other issues which may affect massage affect massage effectiveness may include ones state of health & nutrition, stress, chronic or long term injuries. Occasionally, (rare) massage may aggravate the problem.
Place at the end with other evidence. A large body of research exploring the connection between active myofascial trigger points and various kinds of myofascial pain and dysfunction, provides underpinning evidence for the use of trigger point techniques, including myofascial dry needling. A team of Spanish researchers in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos have established a substantial body of work in this area, with a particular focus on headache, neck and shoulder pain.
Trigger Point Therapy with massage
Another area of massage therapy is Trigger point therapy. Trigger point therapy or myofascial trigger points refer to firm pressure to a specific tight area within muscle tissue that causes- remove pain in other parts of the body. Trigger Point Therapy is specifically designed to reduce the source of pain. It involves cycles of isolated pressure and release. These can be acute sources of pain previously unnoticed by the client until activated by the practitioner. They form as small contraction knots in the muscles that control the state of contractionstatus of contraction. Active sites may cause muscle spasm and referred pain that the client usually comes to have treated.
Relaxation massage techniques
Effleurage encourages circulatory flow providing support for lymphatic movement. Lymphatic drainage is a technique used to improve conditions where lymphatic congestion is prevalent. One wonderful benefit to relaxation or Aromatherapy massage is the gentle releasing ability for the body to relax. Particularly helpful during times of stress, relaxation or Aromatherapy massage is designed to support the mind to drift off into a quiet, restful place. An experience not often felt in our busy and demanding world that remove which enables this to be this to be quite an extraordinary experience. People can nap or fall asleep which is a normal response. It is a pain-free way to relax both your body and mind.
Massage and the affect on Mood
Anxiety reduction is one of the most well-established effects of massage therapy with evidence for this crossing multiple presenting conditions and populations. In a 2004 meta-anaylsis of 37 studies, reductions in trait-remove- anxiety and depression were identified as massage therapy’s largest effects.
Pre/Post operative Massage
A significant body of Randomised Controlled Studies RCTs demonstrate the efficacy of massage in the management of pre- and post-operative pain, anxiety and tension, and post-operative nausea. A 2009 Cochrane Systematic Review found that acupressure stimulation of the P6 acupoint significantly reduced post-operative nausea and vomiting, and the need for antiemetics. Speak with our Acupunturist with over 30 years experience.
A significant body of evidence supports the efficacy of massage throughout pregnancy, and particularly during labour. A 2012 Cochrane Systematic Review found evidence that massage improves the management of labour pain with few adverse side effects. Another 2012 Cochrane review found that massage may have a role in reducing pain and improving women’s emotional experience of labour.
A 2004 Cochrane Systematic Review found that massage of pre-term or low-weight infants improved daily weight gain by 5.1 grams and appeared to reduce the length of hospital stay by 4.5 days. A 2006 Cochrane review also found evidence of benefits in connection with mother-infant interaction, sleeping and crying, and on hormones influencing stress levels.
A 2007 review established the efficacy of paediatric massage for a range of conditions; however, significant reductions in state anxiety were identified as one of the strongest effects. A 2013 meta analysis concluded that massage therapy may be a safe and cost-effective practice to improve weight gain and decrease the hospital stay of clinically stable preterm infants.
Remedial massage may be beneficial for improving circulation and alleviating aches associated with arthritis. Sediment crystals caused by arthritis maybe broken down by massage, providing pain relief, improved circulation, and increased range of movement (joint) and improved flexibility. The Australian Arthritis Association has an information sheet listing research for complementary therapies in association with Arthritis. The American Arthritis Association strongly encourages massage as treatment therapy. At Brindabella Natural Health Centre, practitioners use evidence based medicine. ( Naturopaths and Homeopaths, Acupuncturist)
A body of RCT evidence supports the efficacy of massage in treating a range of conditions associated with aging. A Cochrane Database Review of massage and touch for dementia found that massage therapy may serve as an alternative or complement to other therapies for the management of behavioural, emotional and other conditions associated with dementia.
Systematic reviews show that massage therapy is effective in reducing delayed onset muscle soreness and enhancing recovery after strenuous exercise. A number of RCTs have also shown positive effects of massage on pain and recovery after strenuous exercise.
Strong preliminary evidence also points toward the clinical efficacy of massage therapy in the treatment of the following conditions:
Massage for Headache and migraine
A 2010 systematic review of manual therapies for migraine found that massage therapy, physiotherapy, relaxation and chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy might be as effective as propranolol and topiramate in the prophylactic management of migraine. A number of RCTs investigating headache and migraine also report positive results for massage
Massage for Arthritis
A number of promising RCTs support the efficacy of massage therapy in treating both osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. One recent RCT of Swedish massage for osteoarthritis of the knee revealed significant improvements across a range of measures compared to usual care. This dose-finding study built on an earlier study that produced similar results.
A study released in 2013 found that twice weekly, self-massage of the quadriceps muscle improved pain, stiffness, physical function and knee range of motion in adults with diagnosed knee osteoarthritis.
Hypertension and Massage
Some preliminary evidence, based principally on case series, indicates that massage has a moderating effect on blood pressure and heart rate.
There is also modest evidence for the effectiveness of massage therapy in ameliorating the symptoms of fibromyalgia. A 2010 review revealed short-term benefits, with one single arm study reporting longer term effects.
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