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What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy involves manipulation of the soft tissue and can benefit those engaged in regular physical activity and anyone in need of remedial or soft tissue work irrespective of age, level of fitness or gender. Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage; it includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (a form of connective tissue that lines and sheathes the other soft tissues).
Massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that can be caused from
repetitive and strenuous physical activity, trauma and the demands placed upon the body during our daily lives. The application of Massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.
Benefits of Massage:

• Reduction in muscle tension, muscular pain and discomfort
• Increased range of motion, leading to enhanced performance.
• Decreased muscle stiffness and soreness after exercise or physical activity
• Increased Lymphatic Drainage.
• Increased levels of relaxation and reduction in physical and psychological stress levels.

Initial consultation and assessment

Here at GW Physiotherapy your Massage Therapist will carry out a full consultation asking you questions related to your medical history, lifestyle and exercise history. Following your consultation your therapist will assess your posture,
check your current range of movement and assess your injury with the aim of devising a treatment plan. You will be fully informed as to what to expect during your treatment and be given after care advice to further enhance the work your therapist has carried out with you.

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