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The position, speed and direction of the movements will vary depending on aim of technique and the part of the body being massaged. For example, long, stroking movements may be used on the legs and arms, while a more circular motion may be preferred for the back and neck.

Effleurage should be carried out in a smooth, rhythmical and relaxed manner, beginning with light touch at the start of the session. This should build up to deeper pressure with slower movements for increased circulation and stretching of the tissues at a later stage in the session.

The hands should be relaxed and should follow the natural contours of the client's body. The technique should not be rushed, as you need time and quality of movement to determine any tissue abnormalities that require attention. Quick movements will not allow the client to relax and will certainly be more painful if any areas are tender.

When passing your hands over any bony prominences, pressure should be eased, both since there is no therapeutic value of massaging over bone, and to reduce discomfort felt by the client. Not all of these aims may necessarily be accomplished in one session. Much depends on what the requirements of the client are. Lighter, brisk movements may be indicated is the client is about to participate in sport and needs to be stimulated and energized.

The same techniques applies more slowly will be better employed after exercise to relax the client and aid in the removal of waste products. It is very important to achieve your aims using effleurage before moving onto other techniques, such as petrissage.

If the muscles have not relaxed sufficiently, deep tissue massage may be uncomfortable and painful. The more pliable the superficial tissue is after effleurage, the more beneficial the deeper massage will be. The skin is lifted up, pressed down and squeezed, pinched and rolled. Alternate squeezing and relaxation of the tissues stimulates the local circulation and may have a pain-relieving effect with some muscular disorders.

Petrissage is derived from a French word, meaning "to knead". The basic movement is to compress, pick up and then release the soft tissues. It is generally used when a deeper effect than effleurage is desired, and it's techniques include:As with effleurage, pressure is directed toward the heart to encourage venous return. Your hands remain in almost static contact with the client's skin, while moving them over the underlying muscle. The difference is that with petrissage the overall direction is from proximal to distal, as opposed to effleurage, in which the direction of the overall technique is from distal to proximal.

This is achieved by first applying shorter strokes toward the heart, but then moving the hands distally before beginning the stroke again. This is supposed to force blood out of an area by the application of pressure, then releasing the pressure and repeating the technique distally to force fresh blood and nutrients into the area. Fascia is located between the skin and the underlying structure of muscle and bone, and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures in our body. Fascia can become restricted through injuries, stress, trauma, and poor posture.

Trigger points are active centres of muscular hyperactivity, which often cross-over with acupuncture points. The video below shows how a client can do self trigger point massage using a small ball.

Transverse frictions are a transverse connective tissue therapy applied directly by the fingers. Oscillating pressure is applied across the direction of the tissue fibres. Mainly used on tendon or ligament injuries to help break down thickened, pain-producing scar tissue. IRhythmic compression into muscles used to create a deep hyperaemia and softening effect in the tissues.

Often used for sports massage as a warm-up for deeper, more specific massage work. Swedish massage techniques includes long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration, effleurage, and shaking motions. Pain- A 2008 research review and 2011 NCCIH-funded clinical trial concluded that massage may be useful for chronic low-back pain.

Similarly a 2009 clinical trial reported massage may help with chronic neck pain. A 2013 sytematic review of sytematic reviews found that there is an emerging body of evidence supporting the effectiveness of massage therapy for the treatment of non-specific low back pain in the short term.

They also cautioned that this should be interpreted with caution as there were methodological flaws in the primary research. Cancer- For cancer patients research reviews and clinical studies have suggested that at least for the short term, massage therapy may reduce pain, promote relaxation, and boost mood.

However specific precautions with cancer patients are needed Avoid massaging: open wounds, tumour site, blood clot in vein, sensitised areas post radiotherapy. The content on or accessible through Physiopedia is for informational purposes only.

Physiopedia is not a substitute for professional advice or expert medical services from a qualified healthcare provider. Cite article Massage Jump to:navigation, search Original Editor - The Open Physio project.

What are the common massage therapy techniques. Trigger point explained with animation. An effective treatment for tennis elbow. The effectiveness of massage therapy for the treatment of nonspecific low back pain: a systematic review of systematic reviews. International journal of general medicine.

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