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Back Massage Therapy

Back Massage Therapy

Back pain happens to almost everyone at some point. In fact, when looking for information on massage, more people search for “back massage” than for shoulders, knees, hands, neck or any other part of the body.

Your back has so many hard-working muscles and ligaments that it’s easy to experience strain and pain in different areas throughout your life. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States. And the American Chiropractic Association estimates that eight of every ten people are troubled by back pain at some point.

Studying Back Pain

The Journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians reports that when controlled studies tested the effects of therapeutic massage, it was found that people experiencing back pain received greater relief from soft tissue manipulation and massage than from a placebo.

When a study in the International Journal of Neuroscience compared massage therapy to muscle relaxation, the group of test subjects who received massage reported feeling less anxiety, pain and depression than people in the other group.

Finding Relief

Massage can help alleviate the muscle spasms which occur when your rib or thoracic joints lose mobility, thereby helping those joints function better. It’s even possible to increase the mobility of your sacroiliac joint or tailbone by massaging the gluteal muscles and releasing tension in the tissues.

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Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Healing Hands Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage assists reduction in swelling and puffiness especially post surgery, pregnancy or over summer. Healing Hands use the Vodder Technique for Manual Lymphatic Drainage which assists the body for an extra 12 hours after the massage and up to 450 times more effective than the body’s natural lymphatic drainage ability.
Gentle, slow and rhythmic strokes are used to encourage the Lymphatic System to increase effectiveness of the immune system.

Lymphatic Drainage massage offers a drug free, natural way to better health, so contact us today to book your appointment.

The techniques applied during Lymphatic Drainage massage can reduce blockages and restrictions in the lymphatic system enhancing lymph collection and transport to your lymph nodes where pathogenic substances can be inactivated, increasing the body’s resistance to disease.

Lymphatic Drainage can help in reducing oedema (excessive accumulation of fluid in the interstitial spaces of the tissues due to an overloaded Lymphatic System). Often presenting as swelling and tight feeling skin in the affected region.

Oedema can be the result of inflammatory reactions, increased capillary fluid pressure, obstruction of venous flow, liver disease, kidney failure, congestive heart failure, tight bandaging or casts, lymphatic system dysfunction, and/or high volume of blood during pregnancy.

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Injury Rehabilitation Massage

Healing Hands Injury Rehabilitation Massage

Why is Rehabilitation so important after injury?

Do you have:-
Recurrent ankle sprains? A sharp pain when you raise your arm? Neck pain when you turn your head? An annoying niggle in your buttock/back of thigh which comes and goes? A weak wrist following a fracture?

The primary aim of injury rehabilitation is to enable you to return to full function, pain free in the shortest possible time. Without rehabilitation at Healing Hands Massage, your injury will ‘feel better’ after a while. This is the point where many people will assume that their injury is back to normal but it is not and re-injury can easily occur. Joints may feel stiff and lack their full range of movement. Tissues such as ligaments and tendons can take up to a year to regain full strength. Muscles will have become weak and imbalances can occur when you stop using the injured limb correctly and substitute a different movement.

All this may not be obvious until you do something that over stresses the area such as lifting a heavy object, DIY, gardening, running or jumping, going back to training, then… wham… excruciating pain and back to days or weeks of hobbling around!

A Healing Hands rehabilitation massage programme will be tailored to your needs and lifestyle. The programme will require several appointments to make sure that you are progressing and exercises need to be changed as your injury heals. This is really important to accelerate your recovery and stop you injuring something else!

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Couples massage

Healing Hands Couples Massage

Take time out with your partner where both get to enjoy a massage in the same room. Not just for lovers, couples massage can be Mums and Daughters, best friends, same sex couples, where you get to spend quality time together in a relaxing environment. Couples Massage is the perfect way to de-stress and heal any tension which gets created in everyday stressful life.

A Couples session is a great way to introduce your partner to massage if it is their first time having a massage, so they feel more comfortable and reassured having someone they know with them, while discovering the benefits of therapeutic touch and relaxation.

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Sports massage

Healing Hands Sports Massage Therapy

Sports Massage helps to release built up tension in muscles due to sporting activity, whether you are a performance athlete or occasional jogger. The objective is to prepare the body for optimum athletic performance, to increase flexibility and prevent muscle injury.

Sports Massage is an effective technique for releasing tension and restoring balance to the musculoskeletal system. It is valuable to an athlete’s preparation and recovery, preventing injury and helping to achieve optimal performance. It also has benefits for everyone, athlete or not.

Healing Hands Sports Massage can help to reduce fatigue, alleviate swelling, reduce muscle tension, promote flexibility, prevent injury and prepare the body for performance. Typically, it is used before or after an athletic event, and many athletes use it regularly as an integral part of their training regime.

Anyone who is looking to improve their performance does so by adopting a training schedule specific to their sport or needs, often this involves a regime aimed at enhancing skill, endurance, strength and speed. This increase in training can lead to the body experiencing additional stress and controlled overuse. When massage is included in this regime, it can help to aid performance and prevent injury.

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