Massage is the practice of influencing soft tissue by physical, functional, and in some cases psychological purposes and goals by accredited professionals. It involves the methodical manipulation of muscles and other soft tissue for the relief of discomfort and tension using pressure and friction. Many techniques are used to reduce pain, enhance performance, improve range of movement and aid recovery. Massage can be used to treat a range of muscular injuries and conditions, ranging from whiplash following a motor vehicle accident, a pulled muscle from sport, tight shoulders from work or lower back ache associated with pregnancy. Relaxation massage can ease the day-to-day stresses of fast paced living that leave us feeling exhausted and depleted. The techniques used help to restore energy, focus and revitalise the body. The following methods of massage are currently available at Accent Physiotherapy:
- Remedial Massage
- Sports Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Myofascial Dry Needling
- Relaxation Massage
- Swedish Massage
- Myofascial Release
- Connective Tissue Massage
- Stretching and Flexibility Programs
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Massage appointments at Accent Physiotherapy
To make an appointment to see one of Accent Physio’s massage therapists please phone our clinic on (08) 9388 0533. Accent Physiotherapy’s massage practitioners are registered with the relevant professional massage association and have provider numbers with most private health funds (please contact your Insurer to check if you are covered). HICAPS is available for on-the-spot rebates with most health funds (except HBF and HCF) and EFTPOS facilities are available for your convenience. Referrals are not required except for insurance claims for workers compensation injuries or motor vehicle accidents. 24 hours notice is required for all cancellations. Should you fail to attend an appointment or notify us of a cancellation within 24 hours you may incur a fee.
Many people today suffer with back, neck and shoulder pain causing many problems within the body. This may be a result of physical injury, bad posture or tension. Remedial Massage is very effective in dealing with muscular problems, loss of muscle tone and adhesions (knots) and removing physical tension in the muscles. It is used to great effect in the rehabilitation of all soft tissue dysfunction and aches and strains caused by everyday activities such as house work, gardening, walking and sitting at a computer for long periods of time. Remedial massage helping to remedy tension and posture, easing muscular aches and pains.
Sports massage offers distinct advantages for pre-event, inter-event, post-event and rehabilitation treatment and is increasingly regarded by professional athletes and coaches as playing an essential role in enhancing athletic performance and preventing injury. Sports Massage increases flexibility and range of movement. This results in a faster healing process and has the unique benefit of breaking down scar tissue, which can otherwise lead to reduced tissue mobility. The treatment assists injury through early detection of muscle dysfunction. It also promotes faster recovery after training and competition at both physical and psychological levels. Our treatment area is well equipped with state of art facilities including ultrasound, electrotherapy equipment and hydraulic tables. Should a doctor or physiotherapy referral be required we are able to assist you with this.
Deep tissue massage
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, by either following or crossing over muscle fibres, fascia and tendons. Deep tissue massage is usually used to address specific problems associated with chronic muscular pain, injury rehabilitations, sporting and occupational injuries, overuse injuries and physical and mental fatigue. It is important to drink plenty of water after a deep tissue session to help eliminate toxins from the body.
Trigger point therapy
Trigger points are hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. These palpable nodules are small contraction knots and a common cause of pain. Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or a local twitch response. Trigger Point Therapy involves “releasing” these palpable knots (or trigger points). This is achieved by applying pressure with a finger or other instrument to the trigger point and increasing pressure as the trigger point “releases” and softens. There are a number of variations of this technique and your massage therapist will choose which is right for you.
Myofascial dry needling
Dry Needling is the use of an acupuncture needle to ‘release” trigger points within a patient’s muscle or other soft tissue structures. The acupuncture needle is inserted through the skin and muscle directly at the myofascial trigger point.
A relaxation massage is a whole-body hands-on treatment that uses pressure, stroking and rubbing of your skin to help you relax. Whilst most massages will relax you (amongst other things) with a relaxation massage, relaxing is the only aim. For this reason it is one of the most complete and indulgent massages you can have. A relaxation massage is a passive treatment. You will have a long, luxurious massage which will use all kinds of techniques including long strokes, gentle kneading and rolling of the skin and muscle, with possibly some rhythmic rocking from side to side. This is the technique to choose if you just want to chill out and be pampered and spoiled.
One of the primary goals of Swedish Massage is to speed the venous return from the extremities. Swedish Massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissue of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It improves circulation and stretches the ligaments and tendons, keeping them supple and young. Swedish Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system while at the same time relating the nerves to themselves. Swedish Massage reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management. It also has specific clinical uses in a medical or remedial therapy.
Myofascial Release Therapy is a very gentle yet very effective hands-on manual therapy using sustained pressure into restrictions in the fascial system to eliminate pain and restore motion and function to the body. The therapy is based on the principle that poor posture, physical injury, illness and emotional stress can shift the body out of alignment and the intricate web of fascia to become tight and constricted. Fascia is a system of thin connective tissue that weaves continuously throughout the body including the muscles, bones, organs, arteries and veins. Fascia connects every part of the body to every other part of the body. Adhesions and scar tissue may also be broken down with Myofascial Release Therapy.
Acupressure is a technique of Chinese Traditional Medicine and is often described as acupuncture without needles. Deep finger pressure is applied at certain points and can reduce tension, increase circulation and offer pain relief for many complaints, and remove energy blockages to promote good health. Acupressure points follow the energy channels of the body’s meridian lines. Acupressure is a massage therapy that encompasses the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit.
Connective tissue massage
Connective Tissue Massage is an intense but non-invasive technique which does not involve the use of oil or lotion, for releasing myofascial restrictions. All of the structures in the body are surrounded, protected and supported by superficial and middle layers of connective tissue, otherwise known as fascia. Fascia provides structural support for the skeleton and soft tissues (muscles, tendons, organs, etc). Connective Tissue Massage manipulates fascia, effectively promoting relaxation, vitality and increased awareness. It can be of benefit to almost anyone as it relieves chronic tension, improves posture and relieves painful symptoms of chronic diseases such as arthritis, tendonitis, temporo-mandibular pain (TMJ) and sciatica.
Manual lymphatic drainage
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle whole body treatment which relaxes the nervous system and aids the body’s immune system. It involves a range of gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to move skin in the direction of lymph flow through a network of lymph nodes. This supports the body to naturally eliminate excess toxins, dead cells, viruses, bacteria and chemicals. Other benefits of these types of massage are: relieving fluid congestion, promoting wound healing, relief of stress and anxiety.
Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure to the feet, hands and ears utilizing specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil, cream or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet, hands or ears with a premise that such work effects a physical change in the body. Reflexology is a wonderfully relaxing therapy that works on many levels, soothing, calming, balancing and boosting your entire body. As a therapy reflexology is not invasive – only the feet, and / or hands and ears are worked. It is deeply relaxing yet surprisingly energising. You may feel you are being pampered during a reflexology session but do not underestimate the powerful effects this treatment can have on all of your body systems. All body systems benefit from reflexology but you may notice the effect on your circulation, nervous and lymphatic systems in particular.