Massage - osteopathy treatments : London Health

Massage is a very popular and versatile treatment that can produce a wealth of mental and physical health benefits.

Physical benefits:

  • Increased circulation: this enables blood to flow to the muscles quicker, which is instrumental for recovery after sport and preparation before sport. Massage also improves the circulation system, which has long-term positive effects for the health of the vital organs.
  • Reduced inflammation: increased circulation helps to remove waste products and replace nutrients in the affected area of the body, which reduces swelling and eases pain.
  • Improved drainage: encouraging blood flow and increasing body temperature encourage more efficient drainage of toxins and waste products from the muscles and lymphatic system; this helps to prevent the onset of delayed muscle soreness.
  • Reduced muscle tension: massage allows the muscles to relax, which reduces tension and stiffness and eases pain.
  • Injury prevention: massage helps the muscles to relax after exercise and warm-up before exercise; both result in a reduced possibility of injury. Massage can also alleviate recurrent or overuse injuries by helping to ease the strain placed on certain muscle groups.
  • Improved posture: massage helps to restore the body’s natural posture as it reduces the tension in the muscles and surrounding connective tissue; this is particularly important for preventing neck and back pain.

Psychological benefits:

  • Relaxation: massage helps to relax the muscles, release tension and divert people’s attention from their busy and stressful lives.
  • Mental well-being: massage helps to alleviate stress and reduce anxiety; this can lead to a more positive outlook on life.
  • Increased energy: massage helps to raise body temperature and increase circulation which makes people feel invigorated and energised.

Is massage painful?

In most cases, massage is not painful; however, more forceful massages which are designed to reduce stiffness, ease knots in the muscles and stimulate blood flow may feel slightly uncomfortable if you’re not used to stronger massage techniques.

Types of massage

There are many different types of massage; the most popular techniques are outlined below:

  • Effleurage: this is a very gentle massage technique, which involves a repeated stroking movement on the skin.
  • Petrissage: this is a firmer action, which is also commonly known as kneading.
  • Frottage: this is a firmer action, which is often used to release tension in the muscles. It involves applying direct pressure to the tissue.
  • Tapotement: this involves repeated tapping and clapping actions across the surface of the skin.

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