At Head2Toe, we do not have any Masseurs on our staff, but all our Physiotherapists are trained in the many different massage techniques including Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Therapy.
Massage is an important part of Hands-On Physiotherapy treatment and is especially effective in conjunction with Manipulation and Mobilization.
Massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching, long ‘releasing’ strokes along the muscle, or short ‘friction’ actions across the fibres of ligaments or tendons.
A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may produce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache.
Your Physiotherapist will locate the area of tightness within your muscle and then apply rhythmical pressures to the area, gradually working the tightness out of the muscle, and relieving any referred symptoms.
The results and benefits of trigger point massage are the releasing constricted areas in the muscles and alleviation of pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.
Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars of the sports massage technique are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.
Deep Tissue Massage is used when the problem area is deep-seated, or of a long-standing or chronic nature. The deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).