Physiotherapy
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Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a form of treatment that involves manipulation of the body’s muscles and soft tissues. Massage can be performed with the hands, fingers, forearm, elbows or feet.

Massage therapy benefits include:

  • Overall relaxation
  • Pain and stress relief
  • Sports injury rehabilitation
  • Increased flexibility
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Improved general health and wellness.

We offer many different forms of massage therapy at Leichhardt Sports Physiotherapy. Some of the more common approaches include:

  • Swedish Massage: Swedish massage uses long strokes, kneading, tapping, vibration and deep circular movements to massage.
  • Sports Massage: This type uses techniques similar to Swedish message but is specifically adapted to meet the athlete’s needs.
  • Deep Tissue Massage: This massage technique focuses on the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who have stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.
  • Trigger Point Massage: This massage technique focuses on detecting and releasing the myofascial trigger points. Trigger points are spots that produce pain when pressed and can be associated with pain elsewhere in the body.

Our massage therapists will ask questions about symptoms, previous medical history, and the desired results from your massage. To locate painful or tense areas and find out how much pressure to apply our massage therapist may also perform an evaluation through touch.

Massage therapists use oils, lotions or creams to reduce friction on your skin. Patients should wear loose fitting clothes and prepare to be suitably undressed (i.e. covered with sheet except the area being massaged) during each session. Massage therapy sessions usually last for just under 1 hour however longer sessions can be arranged on request.

Possible side effects associated with massage therapy include temporary pain or discomfort, bruising, swelling, and a sensitivity or allergy to massage oils.

The following cautions should be considered before undergoing massage therapy:

Avoid vigorous massage if you have bleeding disorders or low blood platelet counts and if you are takingblood thinning medications.

Do not have massage on an open wound or in any area of the body with blood clots, fractures, skin infections or weakened bones or at the site of a recent surgery.

If you have a chronic condition such as cancer talk with your doctor before having massage therapy. If you are pregnant, inform your massage therapist.