Literally translated to mean “friction of kneading”, massage uses the hands to apply pressure to specific areas of the body. This can be focussed on certain muscle group, joints, tendons, ligaments, lymphatic glands or organs in order to allow the body to heal any issue that may be causing pain. It can be performed on any part of the body, from the scalp to the fingers and feet and can help with the relief of anything from day to day stress to sports injuries and accidents. Massage has been used to treat all manner of conditions, relieving the symptoms of Arthritis, RSI and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, muscle pain in all its associations, tingling and numbness and tension and anxiety issues.
It is a massively versatile treatment that many people could benefit from, with or without any physical difficulties. Not only can massage help with pain and problems, but it also encourages blood flow and the release of toxins and residual fluids from the body.
There are many different types of massage, most of which will be used for remedial therapy’s and general treatment. Some, however, are more targeted and specific in their application, integrating other types of treatments to help with certain issues.
Sports Therapy and Massage
Sports Therapy, for example, is an excellent treatment for injuries and accidents. The name suggests that it is only necessary for Athletes and Sportsmen; however, it can be of benefit to anyone for any number of issues; particularly, joint pain and muscle weakness or damage. Sports Therapy looks specifically at musculoskeletal issues rather than well-being and relaxation, however since any damage or pain can cause secondary stress and tension Sports Therapy can inadvertently help with other issues at the same time.
A good Sports Therapist will have an advanced knowledge of the body and should be able to diagnose any issues causing pain before beginning treatment. Sports Therapy uses hands on manipulation to help relieve pain, reduce swelling and help repair any damage to tissues, ligaments, tendons or muscles.