Medical massage uses slow, firm strokes and pressure to ease and release tension deep in your muscles.
What is Medical massage?
Medical massage does what it says “on the tin” – it is a massage technique that works on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. Similar to Swedish massage, deep tissue massage uses slower and firmer strokes and pressure than other treatments – deep finger pressure that concentrates on particular areas, and follows or goes across the fibres of muscles and tendons. Medical massage is a blanket term that describes a number of different therapies, and is often used medically by physiotherapists, chiropractors and so on.
Medical massage features in most forms of massage to some degree, including:
- Swedish massage
- Thai massage
- Sports/muscular massage
- Lymphatic drainage
Medical massage is a particularly effective massage for people with muscular pain. Here are a few of the less mainstream forms of deep tissue treatments that you might not have come across.
What is a Medical massage good for?
Medical massage helps to refresh and relax muscles, increasing the blood flow and therefore the oxygen flow around your body. This gets rid of toxins in very sore and strained muscles, which helps them to strengthen and heal.
Medical massage is often used to treat people who are recovering from accidents, and for sports injuries as it increases blood circulation in muscles that are underused, relieves chronic muscle tension throughout the body, and can also break down scar tissue and “knots” deep in the muscles.