Clinical massage involves working with the tissues of the body; muscles, fascia, nerves and connective tissues, to treat pain in the body. It can help with injuries such as tennis elbow, runner’s knee, frozen shoulder, strains and sprains and long term conditions such as Carpal Tunnel, migraine, low back pain and repetitive strain and muscle fatigue. It is a fantastic compliment to other therapies such as osteopathy, reflexology and acupuncture etc.
Having completed advanced training in Clinical Massage, I have an in-depth understanding of the anatomy and function of the body and associated ailments. Clinical massage uses a hands-on approach to work directly with the body. It is the combination of detailed client consultation and a tailored programme of treatment that helps to address the pain. A series of sessions may be required to alleviate and manage pain. Typically, two to three sessions every two weeks then monthly maintenance until the client feels happy with their outcome (although many clients continue with regular monthly treatments to maintain wellbeing and range of movement).
So what can you expect during a treatment? A thorough consultation at the first appointment will identify where the pain is located, other symptoms associated with the pain (numbness, tingly, hot, cold and where else pain is felt in the body). We will work together to discuss the outcome you want from treatment – such as to be pain-free, to increase range of movement, reduce stress etc.
Hands-on techniques will depend on each individual and include myofascial release, deep tissue massage, trigger point release, sports active and passive stretching and joint mobilisation.
Client self-care is just as important and you will be given advice on how to continue stretching and releasing tightness and restrictions in the body at home using simple and effective techniques (stretches, heat application, self-massage using tennis or massage balls). It won’t include a long homework list or complicated exercises.