Massage is one of the oldest, most well known and most practiced of all healing methodologies with evidence of its use in many ancient cultures including the Romans, Greeks, Chinese, Egyptians, Japanese and Indians. Its capacity to improve both physical and mental wellbeing has been well documented, although in its infant form, the evidence behind it was primarily anecdotal. Its rich history has also shown it is one of the few treatment forms that can be enjoyed by all members of society as there is often no need for equipment, but rather its success is reliant on a pair of well-trained therapist hands.

Massage therapy has been refined and developed over thousands of years. Its popularity as a remedy for aches and pains, as well as the pleasure it brings, makes it one of the most sought after forms of therapy in the modern world. Its method is based on rubbing, stroking, kneading and manipulating the skin and superficial tissue below it to produce both physiological changes within the tissue, as well as a release of endorphins – the natural feel good neurotransmitter. Other chemicals within the body that may increase stress and impair healing such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine are also reduced.

What conditions can massage help?

Some of the more common conditions remedial massage has been proven affective for include:

• Acute and chronic pain
• Muscular tightness and stiffness
• Muscular and joint imbalances that lead to injury
• Anxiety
• Arthritis
• Headaches and tension
• Reduced or impaired lymphatic circulation
• High blood pressure
• Depression
• Slow tissue healing from injury

Although massage has been proven to be beneficial in the treatment of many conditions, those without aches and pains also enjoy it, purely for the relief it brings from the day-to-day stresses of life.

Types of massage

There are many different techniques used by remedial massage therapists to enhance the affect of treatment. The experienced therapists at Malvern Physiotherapy have the capacity to adapt their well-practiced techniques to suit your individual needs. Some of the techniques our therapists offer are:

• Remedial
• Sports
• Relaxation
• Cupping
• Lymphatic drainage

Remedial massage sessions are available in 30, 45 and 60 minutes time-slots depending on your needs. As all our therapists are trained and registered as remedial massage therapists, you are able to claim a rebate on your private health insurance if you have extras that cover this. For available times, please enquire at reception.