Clinical Massage

15 October 2019

What is clinical massage?

Clinical massage therapy mainly focuses on the treatment of soft tissue to maintain, develop or rehabilitate the patient’s physical function. Clinical massage may improve the functioning of joints and muscles, aid the healing process and help with metabolism and circulation, therefore complimenting physiotherapy treatment.

Clinical massage can help:

  • Post-surgery, for example a total knee replacement, massage can help reduce swelling, increase mobility and aid the healing process
  • Tense muscles can put pressure on nerves, such as the sciatic nerve. Massaging these tense muscles may help reduce pressure on the nerve, which in turn can help to relieve the painful uncomfortable symptoms of sciatica
  • Conditions such as shoulder impingement, Achilles tendonitis, repetitive strain injuries and muscle imbalance problems
  • Back or neck pain caused from bad posture. Clinical massage can be used as a form of pain management for these chronic conditions - a great treatment to use alongside Pilates
  • Clinical massage can help reduce pain and stiffness, improving the range of movement in joints and promoting a more restful sleep

What is the difference between a sports massage and clinical massage?

Sports massage is a deep tissue massage aimed at deeper muscles and specific to an individual’s training and exercise routine.

Clinical massage is normally specific to a patient’s treatment plan. Patients are often suffering pain and discomfort, so the massage is tailored to their needs.

How does a clinical massage feel?

A clinical massage can be uncomfortable because the therapist is targeting areas that are stiff and causing discomfort and the aim is to relieve these areas from the discomfort the patient is presently feeling. The massage should not cause severe pain; the patient should let the therapist know if it is too painful so they can adapt the pressure of the massage.

It is normal to feel achy and sore afterwards. Normally 24 hours after the treatment this should subside.

What should I wear?

Patients normally wear light stretchy underwear or shorts and crop tops can be worn.

When to avoid a massage

  • The massage can increase a patient’s inflammation if applied too early. In the acute stage of injury or inflammation, the massage should not be used
  • If a patient has any medical conditions, consent should be obtained from the physiotherapist or the GP before starting a course of massage treatments
  • In the early stages of pregnancy the massage is not advisable and medical consent should be provided before using the massage.

Q: How quickly could I have a consultation and how much would it cost?

A: It depends on availability, but we pride ourselves on getting you fast access within 24/48 hours. Prices are from £80.

 

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