We all know that having a massage can make us feel very relaxed and what usually comes to mind when we think about a massage is calming music, scented oils and a candle lit room; often sending us into a dream like state. What some of us may not know however, is that there are many other types of massage that can provide a range of health benefits at any age. In this article, our friends from Mobile Rehab share a list of types of massages therapies and their corresponding health benefits.
Massage is an intervention that can help relieve symptoms of pain and stress and improve your ability to function to your best ability. Remedial massage as part of an overall approach to health and wellness and can help us with many ailments we develop as we age.
Research shows that a massage, when given by a qualified remedial massage therapist, can help with the following:
- Digestive disorders
- Headaches and migraines
- Insomnia related to stress
- General aches and pains
- Poor circulation
- Lymphatic drainage (fluid retention)
With the numerous health benefits it provides you can understand why Mobile Rehab strongly recommend adding remedial massage into our overall health and wellness plan, helping us on our pathway to happy, healthy ageing!
Types of massage & their health benefits
Remedial massage aims to return the body to normal health by reversing the physical effects of pain or decreased mobility and function. This method is often used to help with pain management caused by chronic musculoskeletal and postural conditions or injuries. It will often involve an assessment, which can include a range of motion testing and measurement of pain ratings. Treatment may include somewhat firmer pressure (but never causing pain), deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy.
Remedial massage can help with pain caused by bad posture, arthritis or through a fall, regular headaches or migraines, improving joint range of motion and assisting with mobility by helping to reduce muscle tension.
Therapeutic massage involves the gentle manipulation of muscle with light to moderate massage pressure (but never causing pain). This massage is great for general health and wellbeing and is often used to help prevent and alleviate the discomforts of stress, headaches, migraines, muscle spasms and cramps.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
This method involves the use of specific massage techniques consisting of a gentle, rhythmic motion which moves lymph fluid towards lymph nodes to be filtered and refreshed. Lymphatic drainage can be great for detoxification and supporting the body’s immune system and assisting with slight fluid retention, which can help remove toxins from the body.
Seated massage is a massage technique that is applied to the body in a seated position, with the focus commonly on the neck and shoulders. This massage is suitable for those who are unable to transfer to a bed/massage table and lay on their stomach. For a seated massage the therapist only needs access to the neck, shoulders, back, front of legs, feet, arms, hands and chest, which means this can be done whilst using a wheelie walker. This method is also great for the treatment of migraines.
Reflexology involves the application of moderate pressure to specific points and areas along the feet, hands or ears which correspond to different body organs and systems. Reflexology is great for restoring balance, treating pain and boosting a sluggish circulation.
There is more to massage than meets the eye and massage therapy can be used to treat numerous health problems and can provide a lot of health benefits. Consider massage as part of your restorative health program, at Mobile Rehab your consultation will involve a massage therapist assessing your health status and providing treatment techniques tailored to your needs.
At Freedom Aged Care the health and wellbeing of our residents is of the utmost importance to us. Personalised care plans can include additional health services, working closely with the local medical community of GPs, pharmacies, and allied health providers to maximise health outcomes.
Mobile Rehab has been offering in the home allied health services since 1996 after Managing Director, Helen Weston, returned from almost a decade of working in and managing allied health teams in UK and USA. That experience saw Helen reflect on the lack of in-home services here in Australia. Recognising the value of home based services for older Australians, Mobile Rehab has grown from a one-person band to the largest provider of it’s kind in Australia. Today more than 200 staff form this innovative, agile collective - each and every person eager to work with older Australians in a quest to keep these pillars of our community, mobile, engaged, active and well! We now have teams of clinicians who work across South East Queensland, northern NSW, Townsville, Toowoomba and Cobar (middle of NSW), Proud to be a trusted part of our client’s daily lives, our group includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, exercise physiologists, remedial massage therapists, podiatrists and dietitians. Clinicians from each discipline work together to ensure the client (patient) receives the very best treatment. As an organisation, Mobile Rehab’s commitment has been to ensure our clients receive the support and services they want without a waitlist and in the comfort and safety of their own home. It is from this commitment that our organisations philosophy about how we provide services was born: your health, your home, your way .