Massage therapy can be an important adjunct to exercise-based physiotherapy treatments. Conditions that may benefit from massage therapy include postural tension and headaches, neck and back pain and general muscle tension following sporting injuries. Massage therapy includes several different techniques, which are applied based on individual patient needs. Some of these techniques include:

  • Trigger point massage: Also known as ischaemic pressure, involves sustained holds over trigger points, which often present as tight, painful knots in muscles
  • Myofascial release: A form of soft tissue manipulative therapy that stretches the thick fibrous bands of tissue beneath the skin to remove tightness and reduce tension
  • Effleurage: Long, gliding strokes in the direction of the lymph nodes, which can improve circulation and promote relaxation