When should you get a massage?

The most common use for massage therapy is to help relieve muscular aches and pains.  There are however a few different styles of massage and techniques that can help achieve different outcomes for clients.

What else can massage be used for?

  • Sports massage – Help prepare the body for and support the muscles during intense sporting efforts.
  • PNF stretching – improves flexibility
  • MET – improves range of motion at the joints
  • Trigger point therapy – Relieves trigger points within the muscles, such as the muscles of the rotator cuff, trapezius and rhomboids, which move the shoulders and can cause pain in the shoulder and upper back area
  • Relaxation massage – Relieve stress and anxiety, improve sleep quality
  • Pregnancy massage – supports the mother’s growing body during pregnancy and helps relieve pressure on the legs and lower back
  • Remedial massage – Help to rehabilitate injuries and minimise scar tissues

Usually a well trained therapist will utilise a number of these techniques and tailor a treatment plan to suit your specific needs.

When shouldn’t you get a massage?

  • Any pain that is the result of a car accident or major incident that has not been investigated by a doctor
  • The acute stages of an injury (the first 24-72 hours). Massage may cause further swelling and will most likely cause the client more pain. The best treatment is Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation, followed by a visit to your doctor if symptoms do not improve.
  • If you are suffering any contagious disease (including the cold or flu)
  • If you are suffering from any kind of contagious skin conditions
  • If you are suffering a fever

There are some other conditions where your therapist may ask for a clearance letter from your doctor.