Key benefits of remedial massage include the stimulation to the blood supply, allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed, the calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort and toning and relaxing of muscles to improve joint mobility.
The remedial massage can help in the treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal problems and assists by :
Release painful muscles spasms;
Release tension headaches, and neck pain , back aches, shoulder pain;
Breaking up adhesions and scar tissue that cause pain and stiffness in muscles and tendons;
Relieve joint pressure cause by arthritis,
Minimizing sporting injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints;
Rehabilitating sprained and strained muscles.
In short, muscular and skeletal dysfunctions often addressed with remedial massage include fibrositis, spondylitis, arthritis, frozen shoulder, muscular cramps, muscular atrophy and sports and dancing injuries.
Sessions usually take 30minutes to an hour, depending on the whether the practitioner will just address a specific area or give a whole body massage. As oil is used, it is necessary for the patient to be unclothed for the treatment.
Some problems may also benefit from specific corrective exercise programs, special diet, mineral and vitamin etc. nurture supplements. The remedial massage treatment may include a number of different techniques like trigger point, myofascial release, cupping or other styles that are appropriate. Knowing what to choose is the principal skill of the remedial massage therapist.
Periosteum is a dense fibrous membrane covering the surface of bones (except at their extremities) and serves as an attachment for tendons and muscles. Beneath the hard layer, there are tunnels and canals through which nerves, blood and lymphatic vessels run to carry nourishment for the bone.
The benefits of PM has two components:
1. PM has a direct therapeutic effect on musculo-skeletal disorders. PM on the affected areas of periosteum evokes a local inflammatory response. This response provokes a number of reactions:
Support regeneration of the periosteum;
Improve the microcirculation;
Balance of metabolic processes in the bones and joints;
Reinforce of capsule and ligaments of the joints.
The results are elimination of pain and delayed development of the degenerative process in the joints. The local vasomotor reflexes are responsible for the direct therapeutic effects of PM.
2. PM through common spinal nerves has an indirect therapeutic effect on some inner organ disorders. PM interrupts a vicious circle, which takes place between the affected inner organs and the reflex zones in the periosteum by restoring local metabolism and eliminating reflex zones.
3. PM has greatest therapeutic effects on the cardiac, pulmonary, and gastric pathologies. For example, stomach peristalsis significantly increased and cardiac rate decreased 10-16 beats per minute after PM treatment on the periosteum of the ribs.
Indications for Periosteum Massage
Indications for PM treatment of inner organ disorders are limited. To estimate the clinical results, it is recommended that PM be used for treatment of patients with the following pathologies:
1. Diseases and traumas of the musculo-skeletal systems. Delays of fractures consolidation and rehabilitation during the postsurgical period.
2. Diseases of the cardio-vascular system.
a. Cardiac arrhythmias.
b. Coronary arteries diseases.
(1). Angina pectoris.
(2). Rehabilitation after myocardial infarction.
3. Diseases of the pulmonary system.
c. Bronchial asthma.
4. Diseases of the digestive system.
a. Gastritis, peptic ulcer.
b. Hepatitis, cirrhosis, cholecystitis.
We like to emphasis that PM is a radical method of treatment of pain syndromes which are caused by various diseases of the skeletal system. It is performed in case of:
Headaches and neck pain
Shoulder joint pain and backaches
Upper vessels diseases
Heart, lungs, stomach, intestines, urinary tracks, gull ducts, feminine diseases
Like acupuncture, Chinese Massage is primarily focused on the Jing Luo (a meridian or channel), a network of energy pathways that link and balance the various organs. Its function is to transport Qi and blood, to regulate yin and yang, to protect against external pathogens and to link the internal organs with the exterior), and on Xue (acupoints) where qi gathers, can be easily manipulated or redirected. They are connected to different body organs through the meridians. When the jing luo are blocked, qi and blood cannot circulate, causing the person to experience physical pain that is intimately connected with all health problems.
Chinese Massage (Tui-Na), differs from other forms of massage in that it treats specific illnesses of an internal nature as well as musculoskeletal aliments. Its specific techniques are combined to treat the presenting complaint and underlying pattern. Depending on the type of massage, clients may be lightly clothed or partially uncovered. Tui-Na methods include the use of hand techniques (tui: pushing, na: holding, an: pressing, mo: rubbing) to massage soft tissue (muscles and tendons). Acupressure techniques (yi zhi chan tui: one finger meditation) and (gun: rolling) directly affect the flow of qi and blood. Manipulation techniques to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships (bone-setting). Extra herbal poultices, compresses, liniments and salves plus magnets are also used to enhance the therapy.
In general, Chinese massage emphasizes movement and communication. The basic purpose of massage is to restore free movement to the patient’s qi and blood, dredging the channels as well as to promote relaxation in the Jin ( it refers to the function of all soft and connective tissue in relation to movement and flexibility) to ease spasm, increase flexibility and straighten the joints. Chinese massage is, therefore, a powerful treatment for pain relief and confidently treats a range of common musculo-skeletal and health disorders, as well as soothe and harmonise the emotions.
Chinese massage is not intended to be relaxing. It is a form of deep tissue therapy that conveys the following benefits:
- stimulating blood circulation and regulating the nervous system
- increasing flexibility in the joints and improving posture
- speeding the healing of injuries and clearing bruises
- improving sports performance
- removing scar tissue
- easing emotional distress
- curing some conditions affecting the internal organs
- relieving chronic pain
- maintaining wellness and functioning as a form of preventive care
- strengthening the body’s resistance to disease
Sports massage is designed to prevent and relieve injuries and conditions that are associated with exercise. Exercise can often be quite strenuous and is meant to relieve the stress and tension that can build up within the body’s soft tissues while exercising. Sports massage can be carried out before, during, or after playing sport or exercising, and uses techniques that are designed to increase endurance and performance to minimise the chances of injury and, if there is an injury, to reduce the recovery time.
Sports massage can treat a variety of ailments and injuries that may occur as a result of exercise. It also has other benefits that allow you to train or exercise more efficiently. Some benefits that sports massage has include:
- improving heart rate and blood pressure
- increasing blood circulation and lymph flow
- relieve swelling
- draining away fatigue
- reducing muscle tension
- promoting flexibility
- relieving pain
- preventing injuries
Relaxation / Swedish Massage can increase circulation without increased heart load, increases the oxygen flow in the blood, and release toxins from the muscles. It can shorten recovery time from muscular strain, stretching of ligaments and tendons, skin stimulation and soothing of the nervous system. As it reduces stress, both emotional and physical, it is recommended as part of a regular program for stress management. The great thing about a relaxation massage is that you feel great afterwards, warm, relaxed and invigorated.
The patient is required to be appropriately unclothed and oil is used for the treatments, which would usually be for an hour, although longer or shorter treatments are also possible.
Lymphatic Drainage massage is a gentle full body massage that is specifically focuses on the relaxation of the lymph tissue in the body and to improve the lymph flow. Therapists work with flat hands, using light, rhythmic, circular motion and constant movement techniques to manoeuvre the activation of lymph and interstitial fluid circulation, stimulate the lymph system to work more efficiently. At the same time, it removes harmful substances, and stimulates the functioning of the immune and nervous systems.
What are the benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Massage has positive effects on Lymph drainage. It is believed that the effects of massage are equal to the circulatory effects produced by the contraction of muscles. Appropriated strokes and drainage techniques can help with the movement of Lymph. Massage has been shown to be particularly effective in:
- Helping to stimulate the opening of the initial lymphatic and increase the volume of lymph flow by as much as 20 times.
- Increasing the formation and return of lymph through contraction of the lymphatic vessels as a result of mechanical stress.
- Stimulating and increasing lymphocyte production and eventually enhances the immune functionality of the body. It is most effective in people with sluggish immune systems.
- Helping manage sports injuries, clear internal debris and help with the tissue regeneration process. This will enhance the healing process and improves tissue health.
- Helping with the healing of scars as the toxins are removed at increased rates as a result of enhanced circulation and immunity.
It is shown that when these actions are accomplished, the results can be:
Reduction in oedemas (swelling) and lymphedemas of various origins
Detoxification of the body
Regeneration of tissue, including burns, wounds and wrinkles
Relief of numerous chronic and subacute inflammations, including sinusitis, bronchitis and otitis
Relief of chronic pain, joint pain and arthritis
Reduce anxiety, relief depression, mood irregularities
Reduce frequent flu and colds.
Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome
Anti-spastic actions to relieve conditions such as muscle hypertonus and some forms of constipation
Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, and loss of vitality and loss of memory
Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue
It becomes essential for people who have problems with their body’s drainage system.
What can it be used for?
(1) Lymphatic massage has been used for years to enhance the quality of the skin.
It aids the increase of lymph flow. When the lymph is flowing as it should, cells are bathed in fresh fluid making the skin look fresh and alive.
(2) Lymphatic massage is also useful for people with sports injuries.
a. When applied after neuromuscular massage, lymphatic massage helps to clear the tissue of debris and reduce the minor oedema.
b. Repeated lymphatic massage whilst healing from a sports injury can help to enhance the tissue regeneration process by keeping the tissue as healthy as possible.
(3) lymphatic massage can also help the scarring process by enhancing circulation and immunity.
a. Increased lymph flow around the scar stimulates damaged lymph vessels to heal.
b. Increased lymph flow draws away toxins improving the health of the tissues.
(4) lymph drainage massage is in breast cancer cases.
Women who have had axillary lymph nodes removed sometimes develop edema in their arm. As long as there is only minor swelling, a massage therapist with a good knowledge of contraindication and some specific techniques can do a great amount of good.