1. How does massage therapy work?
Massage promotes healing by increasing circulation of blood and lymph which reduces painful swelling and inflammation and brings vital nutrients to damaged tissues.
In addition, massage therapy removes waste products (such as lactic/carbonic acid) and stimulates healthy separation and realignment of chronically contracted muscle fibres.
Massage triggers the body’s relaxation response, interrupting a cycle of stress and muscle tension that can accumulate in response to life’s challenges.
2. What health conditions are treatable with massage therapy?
Massage therapy is effective for a wide range of health problems. Here we list the most common issues that are treated with massage:
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Shoulder/Wrist/Elbow Problems
- Carpal Tunnel
- Leg Pain/numbness
- Hip/Knee/Ankle/Foot Problems
- Tennis Elbow
- Poor posture
- Accidents & Whiplash
- Sport Injuries
- Repetitive Injuries
3. How should massage therapy feel?
The massage usually begins with a light steady touch, followed by long broad flowing strokes. Gradually as the body relaxes and tension in the superficial muscles is reduced more pressure is applied to reach the deeper muscles.
Massage to normal healthy tissue is usually a very pleasant relaxing sensation. Massage to an injury or a chronic condition may at first cause some discomfort which usually lessens after a few sessions as the tissue begins to respond and heal.
4. Why can you feel sore the day after massage therapy?
Because massage flushes the build up of waste products in the body it can make you feel sore the next day similar to that after vigorous exercise.
5. How can I know if a massage therapist is qualified?
Massage therapists who have completed a minimum 2 year tertiary course are recognized by the government and by private health insurance companies such as Medibank Private.
This means that if you are privately insured for massage you are entitled to a rebate or if you are injured at work and your claim is accepted massage can be bulk billed to Workcover.
There are many people who call themselves massage therapists who are not really qualified because there is no government body that regulates the practice of massage therapy. Brunswick Health does not recommend using unqualified practitioners.
6. How can I claim for massage services?
If you are privately insured for massage you are entitled to a rebate or if you are injured at work and your claim is accepted massage can be bulk billed to Workcover.
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