Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the body's soft tissues including muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments, to enhance a person’s wellbeing and health. At North Shore Physio Clinic we utilise massage in conjunction with Physiotherapy and Pilates, and Exercise Programs to improve our patient’s outcomes and quality of life.

There are many types of massage each having a specific purpose. We utilise:

  • Therapeutic/relaxation massage: promotes wellbeing and can improve sleep patterns. Aids in the treatment of anxiety, reduces tension and improves circulation.
  • Remedial Massage to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management.
  • Sports Massage to aid in the treatment and prevention of injuries, improve recovery times following sport and training.
  • Lymphatic drainage to support and enhance patients whose lymphatic system has been compromised by a variety of chronic or acute illnesses.

Researched benefits of massage:

  • A substantial body of systematic reviews supports the efficacy of massage therapy in treating the side effects of cancer such as stress and depression, pain intensity/severity, fatigue and anxiety.
  • Suggests the effectiveness of massage therapy in the treatment of a range of musculoskeletal presentations showing massage interventions provide short-term improvement of sub-acute and chronic low back pain symptoms and decrease disability at immediate post-treatment. Massage therapy can also provide short-term relief of mechanical neck pain.
  • Research results demonstrate that massage therapy effectively treats pain compared to sham treatment, no treatment and active comparators. It investigates the use of massage therapy on musculoskeletal pain, headaches, visceral pain, chronic pain, including fibromyalgia, spinal cord pain, and venous insufficiency populations.
  • Manual therapies for migraine found that massage therapy, physiotherapy, relaxation and chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy might be as effective as propranolol and topiramate in the prophylactic management of migraine.
  • Swedish massage for osteoarthritis of the knee revealed significant improvements across a range of measures compared to usual care. Twice weekly, self-massage of the quadriceps muscle improved pain, stiffness, physical function and knee range of motion in adults with diagnosed knee osteoarthritis.
  • Massage combined with antihypertensive drugs may be more effective than antihypertensive drugs alone in lowering both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
  • Current theories suggesting massage therapy exerts sympatholytic effects through physiologic and psychological mechanisms, improves hypothalamus–pituitary–adrenocortical axis function, and increases in blood flow, which may improve endothelial function.

Further evidence to support Massage Therapy in treatment of:

If you would like a treatment from highly experienced and knowledgeable sports and remedial massage therapist call North Shore Physiotherapy Clinic today on 02 9906 5221 to book your appointment. Our patients have said we are the best massage therapists they’ve seen!