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Massage Therapy Techniques

Remedial Massage Therapy is the umbrella term we use to describe a variety of different massage techniques and treatment styles. Our experienced and qualified massage therapist can provide massage for relaxation, to work our tightness caused by stress or overwork, misalignments due to muscle weaknesses or illness or provide athletes with pain management and muscle recovery.

Our therapist not only treats the source of pain but looks for the underlying cause of the issue. As everything in our bodies is connected- where you may be feeling the pain may not be where it’s coming from. Our therapist uses her expertise to diagnose the source and using a variety of massage techniques, help you feel refreshed, relaxed and revitalised.

A massage can be light and focus on the fascia, the fibres surround the muscles, can work deeper into the muscle fibres to encourage blood flow and fluid exchange or go deeper into the muscles to work on underlying adhesions such as trigger points or knots. Whatever your issue- our therapist will be able to discuss with you your treatment goal and tailor the massage to your specific needs.

See below the techniques our therapist is able to provide- what they are for and how they work.

Relaxation and Swedish Massage

Treatment to increase the health & wellness of the body with no specific concerns. Massage technique works on circulation to enhance relaxation and elongates the muscle fibres. Long strokes along the line of the muscles with mild pressure are generally used for this technique.

Pregnancy Massage

Working from the 1st to the 3rd trimester in treating issues related to morning sickness, headaches, joint and pelvic pain. As the body adjusts to the growing baby, pressure is put on the lower back and pelvis that can shift they body’s centre of gravity. This change in the body can often cause lower back pain and aches. A massage with medium firm pressure focusing on the back muscles, hips, glutes and legs can relieve tension and pressure.

Deep Tissue Massage

Techniques used to reduce mild to high muscle tension related to sports & exercise, work related posture issues or specific muscular injuries. Working deeper into the muscle fibres this technique is used to relieve chronic muscle tension with medium pressure and working along the muscle fibres.

Myofascial release

The facia is the connective tissue that surrounds muscles and is also the muscle’s transport system. You can have tension in your connective tissue which affects the tension in your muscles. Conversely- it works the other way around. If you have muscle tightness it may come from tightness of the connective tissue in another part of your body. Working on releasing the connective tissue can positively affect the muscles and the body’s transport system encouraging blood flow and the movement of fluid in the body.

Trigger point release

This is a more specific technique that focuses on blockages or ‘knots’ in the muscle and works on their release. This technique combines localised compression with the patient breathing through the pain until the pressure on the pain-scale decreases from a 8/10 to a 2/10. This helps your body release tension and toxins that have built up in the muscles.

MET and PNF

There are 2 types of active and passive stretches for sports injuries relating to muscle tightness. The combined stretching of a muscle to the point of tightness, the tensing of the muscle held for a few seconds and then released, allows the muscle to be stretched further which releases overworked muscles and stretches the fibres back to their original length. This method of stretching muscles is particularly beneficial for people who do a lot of exercise using the same muscles such as runners.

Manual Lymph Drainage

Very light style of massage where only the skin is stretched working the lymph system which is located just below the skin. This benefits people who experience swelling due to acute injury, water retention and lymphadema. It is primarily used to assist the body recover pre or post surgery.

Lymph & Kinesiotaping

These are rehabilitative taping technique that facilitates the body’s own healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. With lymph-taping, the tape lifts the skin a little from the underlying muscles and allows the lymph capillaries to open which encourages movement of fluid. In supporting the body- it also extends the benefits of soft tissue work administered by a therapist.

Kinesiotaping is used to support healing of muscles and joints by supporting movement whilst simultaneously taking the pressure off the affected area. You see professional athletes using this method of taping all the time and it allows them to continue in their activity whilst supporting the body in it’s recovery.

Would like to try any one of the above mentioned techniques? Why not contact our Maddington practice to make an appointment.


Massage Therapy Maddington, Thornlie, Gosnells, & Kenwick WA | Messenger Chiropractic | (08) 6161 2793