Remedial massage uses several specialised techniques to locate and repair damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and fascia (the membrane surrounding the muscles and muscle groups). This supports and speeds up the body's natural repairing and healing process. There are numerous benefits of massage - not just for those participating in regular exercise!
Our therapists apply Golden Jojoba oil directly to the skin as a lubricating medium, to ensure that the muscles associated with the disorder are deeply penetrated. Passive joint stretching movements are often used, but each person will have a treatment plan tailored specifically to their individual requirements.
Key benefits of remedial massage include:
- Relief from muscle tightness – which can hinder range of movement and performance
- Calming of the peripheral nervous system – to ease pain and discomfort
- Increased circulation and lymph flow – which may result in a more rapid elimination of metabolic waste (i.e. lactic acid)
- Improvement of the health of cells and the repairing of tissues
- Reduction of swelling and restoration of mobility to joints
- Softening of muscle scarring from injury
- Increased blood oxygen capacity (up to 15% improvement!)
Muscular and skeletal dysfunctions often addressed with remedial massage include, but are not limited to:
- Muscle tightness and pain
- Chronic pain
- Fibromyalgia and fibrositis
- Muscular cramps
- Muscular atrophy
- Frozen shoulder
- Tennis and golfers elbow
- TMJ dysfunction (jaw)
- Headaches or migraines
- Postural problems
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Recovery from broken bones
- General soft tissue injuries
Myofascial dry needling (MDN) is a treatment approach which applies fine needles to the musculoskeletal system to deactivate trigger points and synapses.
While this modernised Western technique employs the tools of acupuncture practice (acupuncture needles and electronic needle stimulator), MDN has its own theoretical concepts, terminology, needling technique and clinical application and is not related to Traditional Chinese acupuncture in any way.
Myofascial dry needling is used in the treatment of ordinary pain and to manage chronic pain syndromes such as Fibromyalgia. It is utilised as a specialist tool to accompany the soft tissue skills of Remedial Massage. Some authors argue that MDN is more effective in treating chronic back pain than more commonly employed manual therapies. From clinical experience, MDN often yields dramatic results where other manual methods have failed
Sports massage can reduce the chance of injury by loosening the body’s connective tissues and muscles which improves an individual’s range of motion and flexibility.
It can also shorten recovery time, increase the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the body through improved circulation and enhance the elimination of toxic by-products of exercise.
For athletes, treatments are individually tailored to suit both the client and the sport, with concentration on the areas of the body that are subjected to the greatest strain. However, you don’t have to be an athlete to have a sports massage – anyone who routinely stretches their physical limits will benefit! High activity levels are often experienced by construction workers, labourers, mothers with small children, and others who use their bodies strenuously in their work.
Deep Tissue Massage is the application of a therapist’s individual skills to manipulate the deeper layers of connective tissue (fascia, muscles and tendons).
This technique lengthens and releases these structures helping to increase blood flow, reduce levels of resting tension or quite simply reduce pain!
Deep Tissue Massage works to relieve deeper chronic painful conditions as well as reduce adhesions (scar tissue), restore a more efficient pain free range of movement and relieve postural and muscle imbalances. Deep Tissue Massage can also help to reduce psychological stress with the release of the body’s own hormones such as serotonin and oxytocin.
A 2014 study published in Scientific World Journal concluded that Deep Tissue Massage had positive effects on reducing pain in patients with chronic lower back pain.
Generally firmer pressures are employed BUT can be modified for an individual’s personal threshold. The initial effects from Deep Tissue Massage can sometimes be felt for a day or two after the consultation – however the long-term benefits can last for weeks, months or even years!
Massage has great benefits during pregnancy although women with complications or problems should consult their doctor first.
Some of Townsville’s leading obstetricians refer clients to My Masseur for professional care tailored to suit your needs.
Benefits that are experienced following pre-natal massage include back and neck pain relief, reduced hand and foot swelling, stress relief, nurturing touch and emotional support, fewer leg cramps and reduced sciatic pain. Our trained pregnancy massage therapists have a range of techniques which maximise benefits and minimise risk. Here we have specially designed tables that allow the client to lay face down no matter what trimester they are in. The joy thousands of our previous pregnant clients have experienced from a My Masseur pregnancy massage still brings smiles to our faces!
Or Swedish massage is a smooth flowing style of treatment that helps reduce stress, improve circulation and range of movement, ease and tone muscles and provides the deep relaxation that allows our minds and bodies to recharge and rejuvenate.
Relaxation massage therapy increases the number of beta-endorphins in the blood, which promote pain relief and an overall feeling of well-being. It also increases dopamine and serotonin levels in the body, which can reduce stress and anxiety and help to manage depression. As with other kinds of massage, the relief of muscle tension will reduce or even completely eliminate pain.
According to The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami, receiving a massage can boost the immune system. In one study, 20 men with immune systems weakened by HIV were given 45-minute massages five days a week for a month. At the end of the month, the men had less anxiety, and several of their immune functions had improved. Studies on women with breast cancer and on premature babies have shown similar results.
Kinesio® Taping is a definitive rehabilitative taping method used within the international medical community. Kinesio® Tex Tape™ is completely latex free and made from the highest quality materials, meaning that it can be used by patients of every age and condition. Each application lasts for 3-5 days.
When applied, Kinesio® Tex Tape™ can reduce pain, enhance performance, prevent injury, and promote good circulation and healing.
The basic principles of the Kinesio® Taping method are as follows:
- Manipulating the skin and muscle to effect change in deeper layers of fascia
- Creating space underneath the skin to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage
- Utilising a number of corrective techniques to promote improved muscle and joint function
- Taping over and around muscles to assist and give support, as well as to prevent over-contraction
- Applying stretch to the tape or to the target area in order to create space under the skin and create the desired effect on the musculature
Consultations may consist of:
Client history intake/update, consultation of work to be performed, massage, stretching, instructions of stretches, referrals, any required written treatment plans, professional observations, preparation and application of Myofascial Dry Needling and Remedial Therapies. Please note failure to attend or give adequate notice of cancellation may incur a $25 fee.