Understanding the Different Types of Massage Techniques Used in Physiotherapy
Massage therapy is an important part of integrative medicine practiced in both Eastern and Western medicine. It is one of the earliest techniques to manage pain and is usually used to manage a health condition or be used to enhance fitness.
Massage therapy has various benefits such as reducing stress, improving circulation, increasing joint flexibility, reducing muscle tightness and inducing relaxation.
At Camelback Medical Centre, Phoenix we have experienced and certified chiropractors well versed in different types of massage techniques such as deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, shiatsu and many more.
Swedish Massage Therapy
The most common massage therapy used in the country. Utilizing an oil or lotion movements directing the flow of blood to the heart are done which have a relaxing and calm effect.
This massage utilizes scented plant-based essential oils which have a calming and relaxing effect on the body. The purpose of this massage is to improve physical and mental well-being by treating mood disorders and sleeping disorders. The most common essential oils used are lavender, chamomile, peppermint and eucalyptus.
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese massage that uses only finger pressure on specific areas of the body. The massage is composed of movements such as tapping, rubbing and squeezing done for 2-8 seconds on each point. This combination of moves helps in the removal of blockages. This in turn helps in increasing the flow of positive energy throughout the body. Shiatsu helps in treating a wide range of chronic conditions such as back pain, digestive issues, anxiety and sleep disorders.
Originating in Thailand, this massage technique involves deep massaging technique and stretching. The chiropractor uses their hands, feet, elbows and knees to apply pressure to specific points while you lie on the mat.
Often described as a yoga massage, a Thai massage involves slow and gradual yoga-like stretches with deep breathing. These techniques improve circulation, reduce tension and promote physical and mental well-being.
Deep Tissue massage
This particular massage targets the deepest layer of muscle using friction techniques. Mostly used for sore muscles, postural problems or during active recovery from injury. It also helps in the management of tight muscles in patients with chronic pain.
Designed for athletes to help in preparing for intense sports activity, recovering after physical events and optimizing training potential. Apart from this, people recovering from injuries, suffering from chronic pain and having restricted motion can also get a sports massage. Compared to the traditional Swedish massage, this particular massage applies more pressure with faster strokes.
Hot stone massage
A therapeutic massage technique that uses smooth heated stones which help in relaxing the muscles. These stones are made up of volcanic rock which retains heat. The stones are placed on the energy centers of the body and applied with pressure by the chiropractor. The heat from the stones helps in increasing circulation, relaxing the muscles and pain relief.
Trigger Point Massage
It is commonly known as Myopoint therapy. Trigger points in the body usually cause pain, discomfort and restricted movement. This massage targets the trigger points reducing pain and eliminating toxins. During the massage, the chiropractor uses fingers, elbows and tools to apply pressure to the sites. It has been reported that there is immediate pain relief after the massage. This helps in chronic pain management seen in pain disorders and relieves muscle soreness in athletes.
Muscle Energy Technique
The Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is used to treat musculoskeletal conditions. The massage involves patient-controlled muscular contraction in a specific direction and position. This helps in correcting joint dysfunction and relieving pain.
The location of dysfunction is assessed by the chiropractor who then uses manual techniques to reposition the patient’s body which targets the specific muscle location. This technique is safe and very effective.
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