What is Therapeutic Massage?
Therapeutic massage is a manual therapy technique, also called soft tissue mobilization, that is used as a tool, along with other interventions, to help reduce pain and improve function. There are several types of soft tissue mobilizations techniques that are utilized for different reasons. Whether it is to relax the patient, introduce touch to the patient, improve soft tissue restrictions, decrease pain, increase blood flow, or reduce swelling this is a valuable intervention that Physical Therapists will commonly use.
Therapeutic massage is commonly used in athletes whose muscles may have experienced extended periods of overuse. It helps in loosening up any tight areas and making recovery quicker and easier – so you can get back on track to accomplishing your end goal. Contact The FIT Institute (TFI) today to figure out how therapeutic massage can help you!
Your soft tissues and you:
Our bodies are made up of a variety of soft tissues. There are contractile tissues, like muscle, and non contractile tissues like ligaments. Soft tissues are an integral part of the body providing both stability and mobility. However, injuries, or other dysfunctions, can occur causing pain, swelling, scar tissue and decreased mobility. Soft tissue mobilizations and therapeutic massage can assist in improving these limitations and are commonly used to address
- Post-operative pain and swelling
- Ligament sprains and muscle strains
- Muscle imbalances
- Postural dysfunctions
- Excess scar tissue
- Muscle contractures
- Trigger points
How Therapeutic Massage can help you:
Therapeutic massage can be extremely beneficial. Your Physical Therapist may recommend different types of massage to complement your physical therapy treatments, including:
- Effleurage: This type of massage uses rhythmical stroking to increase blood flow, aid in the dispersal of waste products or swelling, stretch tissues and relax the patient.
- Petrissage: This type of massage uses squeezing and rolling to stimulate local circulation and a pain-relieving effect
- Myofascial release. This type of massage is utilized to stretch the tissue to release fascia restrictions
- Trigger point release: This type of massage using pressure to specific tender ares with the aim of decrease pain in a different part of the body
- Transverse Friction massage: This type of massage is utilized commonly over ligaments and tendons following an injury to help break down scar tissue
Therapeutic massage is a common tool utilized by Physical Therapists. It is an effective way to provide a positive benefit and help you achieve your goals. It should be noted however, that recovery and rehabilitation takes more than a massage! Therapeutic massage will be utilized in conjunction with other interventions to ensure continuous progress is being made.
If you are experiencing pain during your sport or daily activities. Contact The FIT Institute (TFI) at Chicago, North Center, Lincoln Square, Lincoln Park, Roscoe Village, IL. Our Physical Therapists are happy to discuss our massage service with you and how it will benefit your recovery and improved performance.