The main purpose of massage therapy is to alleviate stress & tension, which can build up in the body’s soft tissues as a result of day to day activities and taking part in sport
The treatment focuses as much on prevention as it does on cure. It enables the massage therapist to monitor any negative changes in the soft tissue & to counteract this situation using advanced techniques of body massage and not just the usual rubdown.
MASSAGE THERAPY AT BACK TO HEALTH
The scope of massage therapy carried out at the clinic is varied and invaluable for many of our patients.
Back to Health is extremely fortunate to have the expertise of Nicy Abell- Francis on hand to treat a range of acute and chronic injuries. Nicky has over 20 years experience in massage therapy and is a member of the International Institute of Sports Therapists (IIST). Nicky is passionate about massage, different massage techniques and learning about new massage styles!
She is a qualfied sports therapist & a registered Shiatsu and Thai massage practitioner. Nicky uses both traditional table based massage therapy and mat based therapy. Mat therapy is appropriate for patients with mobility issues and for patients needing a more energetic massage such as Thai. Nicky is also a qualified infant massage practitioner and is one of the few therapists locally to be qualified in infant and pregnancy massage therapy.
Massage therapy can form part of a chiropractic and physiotherapy treatment plan. Once the acture stage of an injury has been assessed and treated by the chiropractor, massage therapy, rehabilitation and prevention can take over.
The benefits of massage therapy include:
- Relieves stress & tension throughout the body
- Identifies potential problems early on, before a minor overuse injury develops into a more serious problem
- Provides integrated treatment with other therapists (chiropractic, physiotherapy)
- Can detect postural defects which are developing & are causing referred pain
- Keeps the body in a state of fine tuning
- Deals with the effects of fatigue
- Treats minor soft tissue conditions such as strains and sprains
- Looks closely at postural & occupational stress on the body from fascial pulls to chronic shortening of major muscles
- Loosens restricted joints & improves mobility
- Reduces swelling & pain; breaks down & prevents scar tissue forming
- Aiding orthopaedic & arthritic conditions for general well-being & coping strategies
- A pre or post event massage can help with competition
Massage techniques used at Back to Health
- CONNECTIVE TISSUE MASSAGE -aimed at muscle fascia, improving the flow of intersitial fluid, addressing restrictions & adhesions
- MUSCLE ENERGY TECHNIQUES – stretching & toning carried out within the pain free range, reducing the need for deep painful massage
- NEURO-MUSCULAR MASSAGE -working on trigger points for example through acupressure & Shiatsu.
- STRAIN-COUNTERSTRAIN – a subtle & painless way to reduce spasm
- SOFT TISSUE RELEASE – combining stretch & pressure
- AROMATHERAPY OILS used to work on a deeper level emotionally, enhancing the massage benefits
- LYMPH DRAINAGE – using gentle work in relieving lymph oedema & improving fluid reabsorption
Massage, Medication & shared care
All information about medication being taken should be supplied to Nicky – there are contra-indications to deep remedial work with certain conditions such as thrombosis and any blood thinning medicine.. Reduced pressure is also need for diabetes due the risk of bruising.High/low blood pressure, epilepsy, heart conditions can be treated but adaptations have to be applied.
If you are a new patient for Nicky but are already receiving other treatment at the clinic, Nicky will make contact with the clinician and discuss your case history and diagnosis. In this way you will receive the best possible clinical care.
If you are a new patient at the clinic, Nicky will undertake an assessment prior to the massage which includes taking a medical history.
How will I feel after a sports massage?
The body should feel pleasantly relaxed & more supple. There maybe some tenderness in places if deep work has occurred. The next morning stiffness may occur & more tenderness can result over a 24 -48 hour period. This is a natural response to deep massage work as tissues remodel & start to repair. In most cases if the injury or tension was mild no side effects will occur. Mild headaches can affect some individuals if very sensitive to changes in the body. This is due an increase in waste levels being excreted into the blood system. It’s usually a good idea to drink more water to flush the system out & take a good brisk walk in the fresh air. If more pain or severe headaches develop more investigative treatment may be required with a referal.