Physiotherapy I Pregnancy Massage I Remedial Massage I Sports Massage I Deep Tissue Massage
Relaxation Massage I Corporate Massage I Cupping I Kinesio Taping I Rigid Taping I Myofascial Dry Needling
Myofascial Release I Trigger Point Therapy I Sports Massage I Lymphatic Drainage
Remedial Massage is the collective term for the full range of soft-tissue techniques used by therapists to treat medical conditions and injuries. These include myofascial release, deep-tissue massage, postural taping, cupping, sports massage, dry needling, kinesiotaping, and trigger-point therapy.
Sports massage has an increasing profile in sports medicine, offering benefits for all kinds of athletes, from elite swimmers, cyclists and footballers, to recreational golfers and joggers, and weekend soccer warriors. Sports massage is a deeper type of massage that works specifically with sporting injuries and ailments. Most of our clients are active people who come in for treatment to recover from injury sustained during sport. From a tennis elbow or corked thigh to a twisted ankle or shin splints, sports massage provides relief from discomfort and aids rehabilitation and recovery.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep-Tissue Massage concentrates on deeper seated, and often more long-term, chronic problems of the soft tissue, such as static and postural muscles. The treatment is generally deeper (stronger), and can at times create some discomfort. Patients typically describe this as “good pain” and the results often produce longer lasting relief of pain and discomfort.
In August 2005, Consumer Reports magazine reported that 34, 000 people had ranked Deep-Tissue Massage as more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medication, chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine, or over-the-counter drugs. Deep-Tissue Massage also received the top ranking for fibromyalgia pain.
Myofascial Dry Needling
Myofascial Dry Needling derives from acupuncture and specifically targets trouble spots known as “trigger-points”. These acutely contracted muscle bundles are “deactivated” and released with a super-fine acupuncture needle.
This approach is more anatomically based, and focuses on key areas of concern, as assessed by the therapist. Several trigger-points can be treated in a single session, with three to four treatments appropriate to eliminate those that persist. Following a dry-needle treatment, some local pain or tenderness is common, but is easily mitigated with a heat pack. This treatment benefits patients with postural, holding-pattern and chronic-pain problems.
Myofascial Release concentrates on the fascia of the muscle; this glossy muscle casing is denser and more rigid than muscle tissue, and can often inhibit mobility. Restricted fascia is commonly the result of acute and/or overuse injury.
The treatment of fascia is different from traditional muscle-focused strokes; it is a slow, deep technique and little oil is used. The treatment aims to elongate the fascial sheet with guided motion and deep, targeted pressure.
Men tend to more commonly suffer from restricted fascia, particularly those who engage in heavy weights training and elite swimming. See also Trigger-Point Therapy.
Trigger-Point Therapy is a treatment specifically targeting painful or hyper-irritable points in muscular tissue, using press-and-release methods. Such points can occur anywhere in the body, but commonly develop in the neck and shoulder regions of long-term computer users, or as a result of heavy running training.
Untreated trigger points can develop into more serious conditions, such as shin splints and compartment syndrome. See also Accupressure.
Physiotherapists use manual and exercise based techniques to reduce your pain and improve your quality of life.
In improving your range of movement, strength and coordination, and reducing stiffness and speeding up the recovery process, physiotherapy can help to resolve injuries and get you back to doing the things you enjoy!
If you have an issue or injury that could benefit from physiotherapy treatment, speak to our Physiotherapist Gretta at the clinic, or talk about it with your soft tissue therapist at your next appointment at Subi Sports Massage & Physio.
Accupressure is a specific treatment technique that originated in Japan and is closely related to Trigger-Point Therapy. The traditional technique involves a very regimented approach in which specific points are pressed and released.
The more western type of treatment is based on an assessment of restrictions and pain, with treatment applied accordingly. Acupressure is often used in connection with dry needling for more deep seated muscular “knots”, or longstanding postural problems such as kyphosis, scoliosis and lordocis.
Today’s pregnant women are looking for alternative approaches to support traditional health services. Massage before and during pregnancy focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be, as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the child-bearing process. Massage therapy for pregnant women enhances the functions of the muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue. Here at Subiaco Sports Massage Clinic, we have a variety of therapists who are capable of providing treatment to pregnant women.
Massage has become a necessity rather than a luxury thanks to our increasingly demanding, complex and stressful lives.
At Subiaco Sports Massage Clinic we create a peaceful ambiance with the optional use of essential oils and soothing background music. Treatments vary from a one and a half hour full body massage to a half-hour back, neck and shoulder massage. Whatever the time frame, clients are encouraged to nominate those muscle groups that require particular attention. Our therapists will also make suggestions.
We strongly recommend one-hour relaxation sessions, which can produce a profound feeling of well-being. After a relaxation massage, you may feel sleepy and light-headed. We suggest you drink plenty of water after your treatment and refrain from doing anything too energetic immediately following the treatment.
Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups as suction devices that are placed on the skin. There are several ways that a therapist can create the suction in the cups although here at the Clinic we prefer to use a small, manual vacuum pump.
Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved across the skin. The suction in the cups causes the skin, myofascial tissue and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward.
Vacuum cupping increases capillary and lymphatic function to a specific area. This encourages blood flow and can help to loosen muscles.
Kinesiology tape is a thin, stretchy, elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive. Therapeutic kinesiology tape that can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, plus inflammatory conditions.
Here at the Clinic we like to use RockTape. RockTape microscopically lifts the skin away from the muscle and fascia below, which decompresses the area and promotes blood flow.
It is is made from 97% cotton and 3% nylon. The adhesive is a hypo-allergenic, acrylic-based and contains no latex.
Rigid strapping tapes provide strong support for joints during high-stress sport activity, minimising excessive joint activity that can cause injury. The tapes are suitable for taping ankles, knees, fingers, shoulders and elbows.
Rigid strapping can be included as a part of your treatment if recommended by your Therapist. However if you are requiring rigid strapping you will need to book accordingly.
Corporate chair and table massage is a popular service at the Subiaco Sports Massage Clinic. Located minutes from the Perth CBD, with clinics north and south of the river, we work with businesses across the metropolitan area.
Corporate massage concentrates on the back, neck and shoulders – the muscles that suffer most from sitting for extended periods. Massage boosts blood flow to these muscles, improving oxygen supply. Staff will be less likely to complain of headache and muscle aches and will appreciate your gesture of attending to their health needs.
Competing in Perth?
If you are planning to train or compete here at the Subiaco Sports Massage Clinic can help you perform at your best.
Our clinics at Subiaco and South Perth are located a short drive from key WA sporting venues, including Subiaco Oval (AFL, International Rugby), the Western Australian Cricket Ground (WACA, International Cricket ), the new facilities at Perry Lakes (Athletics, Rugby, Basketball), Challenge Stadium (NBL, Swimming, Diving, Waterpolo, Volleyball, Netball), Perth Oval (NSL) and Curtin University (International Hockey). We are also well equipped to treat teams at their chosen sporting venue or at their hotel.