What does Massage Therapy do for me?
Massage is a manual therapy that works on the muscles and soft tissues of the body to help correct muscle alignment and posture. It also takes away muscle tightness, tension and assists in treating and prevention of muscular injuries, breaking away scar tissue and adhesions in the muscles.
How does Massage Therapy work?
By massaging an area of the body we are increasing the circulation to the area, which in turn will increase the blood flow. The increase in blood will be carrying oxygenated blood cells to help speed up the healing process. In addition, the increased blood flow will create ‘good inflammation’ to get the body to heal that area faster.
Massage Therapy also helps relax and lengthen muscles, giving you greater flexibility and helping you strengthen your muscles better. Some techniques such as kneading will manually get the muscles to soften and relax.
Massage Therapy and exercise go hand in hand and, in turn, will give you faster results.
Does having Massage Therapy hurt?
Depending on the severity of your condition, some techniques can be uncomfortable, but as the muscle releases, the pain in the area will dissipate. This is part of the healing process. Though there may be some discomfort for certain areas of your body, your Massage Therapist will apply pressure to your level of comfort.
What are some of the benefits of having regular Massage Therapy?
Massage is great for helping with a range of physical problems, like tight muscles, to improve their function and relieve pain. Massage induces a sense of well being and relaxation through the release of endorphins and other naturally occurring chemicals in the body that make us feel better and reduce pain. Massage can also boost the function of the immune system; improve our circulation that keeps muscles oxygenated and healthy in order to eliminate toxins from our body.
What are the affects of Massage Therapy following a treatment?
Depending on your muscle condition there may be some tenderness for 24-48 hours after your Massage. This is because lactic acid (a toxin) has been released from your muscles. This is the chemical that creates soreness in your muscles following exercise. It is important to drink plenty of water after your Massage to reduce the effect of these toxins and help with side effects such as headaches and nausea. These are both uncommon, but can happen in some circumstances.
You may be given stretches to do at home or other exercises to aid you in your rehabilitation. It is important that the stretches/exercises given to you are done correctly and adequately, as they are important steps to getting you feeling your best.
How often should I have a Massage?
Some conditions require a number of sessions close together to get the problem healing effectively. It is important to keep appointments as the effects of each treatment build on each other. Once a condition has been effectively treated and is under control, it is suggested that a maintenance schedule be followed to keep any problems under control and your muscles finely tuned!
Can I claim Massage Therapy from my Health Fund?
Yes, Laurence Pratt is a recognised Remedial Massage provider for all the major health funds (except HBA). If you have the appropriate level of cover you will receive a benefit.
Treatments can be carried out using Laurence's mobile service, either at your workplace, sporting venue or in the privacy of your own home.