Massage is treatment using different kinds of touch to manage various physical and mental health concerns.
What is Massage?
Massage involves using various different “hands on” techniques such as rubbish, kneading, rolling and pressing body tissues. These techniques have various aims depending on which styles are used and the therapists own preferences. Some simply aim to relax a client while others aim to re-align body tissue.
Massage has been shown to have a positive effect on your whole body, including your joints, muscles, heart and digestive system. It can also be great for your mental health.
This treatment works on many different body systems, including:
- Improving the flow of blood and lymph around the body
- Producing endorphins, making your feel happier
- Relaxing tight muscles and re-aligning muscle fibres, helping to reduce pain
What is Massage Used For?
Almost anyone can have certain types of massage. It can be used to treat mental health problems, such as stress and anxiety. Research has shown massage can have a positive effect on muscle and joint problems, such as lower back pain. It can also help with issues such as high blood pressure and digestive problems. It is being used more commonly for patients with cancer.
Massage helps to improve blood flow to your major organs. It also helps to “flush out” waste products.
It is important that you tell your massage therapist about any health problems you may have, or if you think you may be pregnant, so that your treatment can be adapted to suit your needs.
At Severn Physiotherapy we offer a mobile service for several types of massage, including deep tissue massage, Swedish-style massage and specialist pregnancy massage. To read more about these services click here.
If you’d like to book an appointment, or to talk about your needs, click here.