Massage therapy is the therapeutic manipulations of the soft tissues, which include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, etc. It can aid in the recovery from soft tissue injuries and dysfunctions that occur from day to day activities, repetitive motions, trauma, surgery, radiation, effects of chemotherapy, and many others.
Swedish massage techniques have a pressure and relaxation phase to increase blood flow, assist in emptying lymph vessels, and decrease muscle tension. Depending on the needs of the client, the therapist will apply a combination of techniques to deal with the underlying cause of pain and promote soft tissue relaxation or strengthening.
Massage and Scar Tissue
Scar tissue can develop in the body where there is any type of soft tissue injury including muscle strains, ligament sprains, surgery incisions, contusions, and various other causes. When the body tries to repair itself with scar tissue, it patches the area with tissue that is denser and less elastic than the original tissue. It also doesn’t align with the existing tissue but instead forms a web like patch. In order for the affected soft tissue to return to normal function, the excess scar tissue will need to be broken down and the rest aligned in the same orientation of the surrounding healthy tissue. The mechanical pressure of massage techniques can help break down scar tissue while stretching, frictions, cupping, and other techniques can help align the scar tissue with the healthy surrounding tissue.
Fascial adhesions are also addressed through massage therapy. Fascia is a thin layer of connective tissue that surrounds each muscle cell, each muscle, groups of muscles, and sections of soft tissue. Its main role is to reduce friction between all of the soft tissues of the body and create compartments. After any type of injury, trauma, or inflammation the layers of fascia can become stuck to one another limiting elasticity of the soft tissues and reducing range of motion of the joints in the area. Myofascial release techniques stretch the soft tissues until the adhesions release and movement is restored in the affected area.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
The pressure and relaxation phases of Swedish massage techniques affect the lymph vessels like a pump, pushing the flow of the lymph vessels in the direction of the blood stream. Other specialized manual lymphatic drainage techniques are based on the Vodder technique, which is a light pressure on the skin that stretches the superficial lymph vessels in order to empty that section by moving it in the direction of the next set of lymph nodes which will process the lymph fluid. In severe cases, or if left untreated, lymph vessels can collect causing the area to become thicker, a condition known as fibrosis. In this situation, deeper pressure is needed to soften the fibrotic tissue before manual lymphatic drainage can be used.
What we offer:
- Deep Tissue
- Myofascial Release
- Scar Tissue
- Lymphatic Drainage
How Haley Rehab can help
Our goal is for you to get back to doing the things you love, with the best quality of life possible. There are many ways that our team of therapists can support you through your treatment for cancer or after an injury. To learn more about Haley Rehab, or to schedule an initial assessment, call us at 613-422-5061. No referral is required. Contact us today to see how Haley Rehab can help you achieve wellness and get you back to doing what you love!