Massage therapy is one of the oldest forms of therapeutic treatment in the world. It has been used by many cultures for hundreds of years and is considered to be an effective form of alternative medicine in the treatment of pain and improving range of movement.
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues including muscles and fascia to improve a person’s health and wellbeing. As part of the recovery process, massage therapy can help create positive physiological and psychological changes following physical trauma, accident or surgery. It can be beneficial in chronic pain management of all areas of the body.
At The Forge Clinic, Richmond we offer many different types of massage therapies and when treatment is performed by a trained massage professional, it can provide positive results and will focus on moving towards optimum health and wellbeing. Massage therapy can help with the treatment of pain and stress management. Research also shows it has good results in helping the body rehabilitate after a sports injury or operation.
Each treatment is tailored by our massage therapist towards your own circumstances and what you are trying to achieve, be that less pain, a greater range of movement or reduction in stress. This can incorporate trigger point therapy, myofascial release, deep tissue or sports massage and targeted stretches. The type of massage therapy will depend on your clinical assessment and treatment plan which will be discussed in detail before treatment begins.
The types of massage we offer:
Clinical massage is an outcome-orientated approach that uses a combination of hands-on bodywork techniques. These techniques may include deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, acupressure, myofascial release, medical acupuncture and stretches, alongside functional exercises and education to help facilitate your healing processes.
Clinical massage involves working with the tissues of the body focusing on stimulating the nervous system. Whether the aim is to reduce or eliminate musculoskeletal pain, increase range of motion or promote the positive psychological effects of touch, our massage therapists can work with you to create an effective treatment plan towards progression and improvement. Each session is tailored to your individual needs and what you are hoping to achieve from your treatment.
Clinical massage treatments are the first step in body restoration, based on your treatment goals, your therapist will be working towards you restarting your exercise programmes, going about life pain-free or with a reduction in pain.
Clinical massage therapies can help with a variety of concerns from acute to chronic conditions and are effective in treating repetitive strain and sports injuries, back and neck pain, sciatica, migraines, fibromyalgia, MS, pregnancy discomfort and sleeping problems.
Sports and remedial massage is effective for many kinds of muscular and soft tissue problems as well as sports injuries, whether it is due to posture, occupational stress or sporting activities. By using massage techniques like effleurage and petrissage to stimulate blood circulation, Sports and remedial massage greatly aids the removal of waste products from the muscle tissues and supplies these areas with increased blood and nutrients needed for tissue health and repair.
Sports massage can help to release muscular tension, improve motion and aid recovery following an injury. Muscle fatigue or stress can often affect performance and as such sports massage is often used as part of the preparation and alongside a training regime for sporting events and competitions.
Scar massage is a gentle treatment that uses a combination of stretching and rolling techniques to help remodel scar tissue that may have developed after an injury or surgery. Even a small scar on the surface can be connected to deep muscle and fascial restrictions and adhesions which can lead to pain and discomfort.
Scar tissue can cause chronic and referred pain. For example, mastectomy scars can cause shoulder pain and Caesarean-section scars can cause pelvic or lower back or even neck pain. These conditions can be helped by scar massage therapy.
A physical scar can also hold an emotional element and scar massage therapy treats the person as well as the scar with our therapists taking time to understand how the scar occurred and the emotions surrounding the event.
Scar massage treatment can also improve both the physical appearance of a scar and surrounding tissue as well as reducing the discomfort and pain caused by the scar tissue.
The lymph system is part of the body’s immune system and is made up of lymph vessels and nodes throughout the body. It helps to remove waste and toxins from the bodily tissues and fight infection, and as such, is a very important part of our immune system.
Some health conditions can cause lymph fluid to build up or become sluggish. Manual lymphatic drainage massage is a form of light massage using gentle, rhythmic strokes. These strokes are working towards all major lymph nodes stimulating and increasing the movement and drainage of lymph fluids around the body where it has become sluggish. Lymphatic drainage massage can benefit people with Lymphedema, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, sinus issues and insomnia. It is also used after liposuction or certain cosmetic procedures to help with fluid drainage and swelling, on the advice of the surgeon.
Pregnancy massage is a therapeutic massage specifically tailored towards relieving pregnancy discomforts and improving relaxation.
During pregnancy, your body is changing constantly, including postural and hormonal changes. Your organs will also shift position to make room in the body as your pregnancy progresses. All of this can put pressure on the body so pregnancy massage aims to relieve this pressure.
The treatment is a good opportunity to create time and space for your mind and soul to relax. It can help reduce body aches, reduce stress, and ease muscle tension. It can also help with fluid retention, aching hips, back, shoulders and carpal tunnel syndrome. Treatment is performed with you lying on your side with pillows to provide support.
Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy based on the principle that there are different points on the feet which correspond with different areas of the body. Through the application of pressure on these points (called reflexes) on the feet, Reflexology helps to balance the body and improve wellbeing.
Reflexology, well known for lowering stress, is also helpful with hormonal problems, improving circulation and promoting the natural function of the body. Reflexology can help with headaches and sinus congestion, neck and back pain and fluid retention during pregnancy.
Indian head massage, also known as Champissage, is a treatment that focuses on massaging acupressure points along the head, neck, and shoulders, often using circular massage strokes to improve hair and scalp condition. It is particularly beneficial for those suffering from headaches and migraine, sleep and stress-related issues and can help boost energy levels and overall well-being