What is Massage
Massage is one of the oldest forms of treatment. When you hurt yourself you automatically want and do rub the area therefore you are performing the most natural therapy there is.
As Sports Therapists we use this old form with many techniques to treat the soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, fascia to reduce discomfort.
The techniques that are used are stroking, vibrating, shaking, manipulating, stretching, kneading, wringing, stripping, rolling, frictions, trigger pointing, different pressures to name but a few.
Apart from our hands we also use individual fingers and thumbs, knuckles, palms, forearms and elbows. For deeper pressure we use our body weight.
However massage will not work well if the patient is not relaxed!
You need to be happy and confident with your therapist to allow your therapist to perform the techniques correctly and effectively. And the therapist needs to make sure the patient is relaxed and happy with her/his therapist and environment.
Contraindications of Massage
Check to see if you have any of the following or you are unsure go to your doctor to see if he/she thinks you should not have a massage.
Acute phase of an injury – This is the first 24 to 72 hrs after injury – the 10 second rule of thumb can be used at this stage; apply pressure to the injury site to cause mild discomfort up to 10 seconds. If the discomfort increases it is in its acute stage therefore we would not treat but if it decreases it is safe to treat.
Bleeding Disorders or taking blood thinners such as Warfarin
Weakened bones from cancer
Infectious skin diseases, such as – cold sores, warts, verrucas, ringworm, athletes foot, lymphangitis, boils, follicullitis, chicken pox and measles
Other cancers – people who have cancer should not receive massage, but if you are in remission, you may have a treatment but only under medical approval.
Diabetes – not all diabetics however so your doctor needs to approve.