Massage is frequently used as part of treatment in physiotherapy. We use a wide range of techniques such as trigger point therapy, deep transverse friction, myofascial approaches and muscle energy techniques.
Massage can be used:
- to reduce pain and swelling
- promote stronger bonds in healing tissue
- to promote greater flexibility and pliability in tight or injured tissues
- to effect fluid mechanics.
Our assessment skills are used to identify and understand the nature of the condition and its physiological characteristics.
Our hands are sensitive to the feel of soft tissues such as heat, tone, pliability, sweatiness, swelling.
Physiotherapists have a detailed knowledge of the different stages of soft tissue healing. This allows us to apply the most appropriate technique with the correct amount of pressure and tension to promote optimal healing.
For example, on an acute injury to muscle tissue that is only 2 days old we would not use aggressive techniques such as transverse frictions directly to the area as this would disrupt the new, fragile tissue and destroy the newly formed blood clot.
We would perhaps apply gentle gliding/ stroking techniques to reduce pain and swelling and this may not be directly over the site of injury.
However deep transverse frictions may be applied to the primary site of an older injury mobilising the scar tissue during the later stages of healing promoting a good and pliable mend!