Manual massage is a technique in physical therapy that is based in moving body tissues like the muscles, skin and tendons. This technique has always been studied and used in large scale in Physiotherapy with proven benefits for the health and wellness of patients.
The objectives of massage therapy are, among others:
- Muscle relaxation
- Pain relief
- Relaxation of contractures in body tissues (can also be applied to scars)
- Improve blood circulation in the local treated
- Improve the functioning of lymphatic system and reduce the fluid retention. See Lymphatic Drainage for more information.
There are several indications, including treatments for:
- Muscular pain
- Muscular contraction (e.g. cramps)
- Low back pain
- Functional Re-education
- Post-operative Re-education
- Improvement of blood circulation
- Reduction of edemas and fluid retention
- Helping in healing process.
The massage therapy can be used as a main or auxiliary treatment. The physical therapist, based on his/her experience, will indicate the best approach for each patient.