What is Clinical Massage?
Clinical massage therapy is a form of massage therapy focusing on medical issues and pain relief.
At OPRC our therapists have a back ground training in physical therapy, with additional training from our osteopaths they have the ability provide specific soft tissue manipulation from stretching shortened muscles, deep friction of persistent muscles knots or tendonitis, deep inhibition to deep muscles as well as fascial release work.
Its best to see the osteopath prior to having a clinical massage so that specific instruction can be given to the therapist, and a localised treatment will then be given. At OPRC the osteopaths and clinical massage therapists work closely to provide a tailored treatment to patients. Our concern is for you to recover as fast as possible.
Clinical massage therapy focuses on treatment of soft tissue injuries and aims to provide rehabilitation to improve your physical function. Clinical massage therapy can promote healing, increase metabolism, improve circulation and enhance joint and muscle function.
Different Types of Massage
Therapeutic Soft Tissue Massage
Ideal for general tension release with the therapist working from level 1 to 4 using oils although different from aromatherapy massage which is more superficial (level 2). There is no clicking or manipulation of the spine. This massage may be combined with the other types of massage depending on the prescription of the Osteopaths.
Frequency: every 10 to 14 days
Deep Soft Tissue Release
A hard massage does not mean a painful massage. Our therapist has extensive clinical experience and a complete knowledge of anatomy. The therapist will – going from level 1 to 5 – gradually soften the layers of muscles and work more specifically to your problem areas. Old problems respond very well with this type of massage giving relief to those aches and pains other therapists could not find. Persistent deep muscle tension can be relieved when combined with Osteopathic Manipulation.
Frequency: once every 5 to 7 days.
Recovering from injuries takes time to resolve; eagerness to return to activities may result in more damage. This type of massage is excellent in the recovery of muscle/ ligament or tendon injuries. The therapist will work by softening muscles (Level 1-4) along with stretching and repetitive muscle release.
Frequency: every 3 to 6 days
Stress Release Massage
Those longing for tension release from long hours of work or recent emotional upheaval will respond well to this type of massage. Specific release will involve mainly the neck/shoulder girdle, back of the neck, temporals, scalp, lower back and the middle spine.
Frequency: every 5-7 days
Ideal for relieving sports related injuries from running, swimming or racquet sports. This massage combines all of the other types of massages depending on your injury. Combined with the osteopathic consultation, a program can be tailored to your needs. No amount of stretching can relieve deep muscles but this type of massage gets to these areas more specifically.