With Remedial Massage Therapist at Henley Beach,
John McGeagh of Feelrite Massage
We know a massage feels great, yet we often view the time it takes to get a massage as indulgent or even selfish, when in reality, the benefits of a regular massage far out weigh the 30-60 minutes of indulgence.
John McGeagh, our resident massage therapist at Henley Beach has been qualified for over 26-years and working full-time for 21 years, so John has seen it al! In particular over the last 6-months, John has seen an increase in neck and shoulder pain as working from home has increased, so has the risk of working at a station that is not set up to encourage best posture, so we asked John a few ways massage could help.
Why have a massage when you have been working from home?
Working from home can pose more posture related issues than the office unless the home setup is done correctly. During this COVID-19 period I have noticed more clients working from home presenting with upper back, neck & shoulder pain, most commonly along the medial border of the shoulder blade mainly due to working from the “dining room table”
Utilising massage techniques along with Dry Needling & Cupping I have been able to alleviate some or all of that discomfort.
What techniques do you use?
- Deep massage techniques, working with the clients’ pain tolerance
- Myofascial cupping is a soft tissue therapy that encourages blood flow by creating a negative pressure or suction on the skin using plastic or glass cups that pull up underlying tissues, blood, and other fluids close to the surface of the skin.
*The first recordings of Cupping was by the Egyptians around 1550BC!
- Dry needling is a treatment technique whereby a sterile, single-use, fine filament needle (acupuncture needle) is inserted into the muscle to assist with decreasing pain and improving function through the release of myofascial trigger points (knots in muscle).
- Kinesiology taping (or Kinesio taping) is the application of a thin, stretchy, cotton-based therapeutic tape that can benefit a wide variety of injuries and inflammatory conditions. It is almost identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows it to be worn without binding, constricting or restriction of movement.
What are your Top 3 tips / reasons on why to get a regular massage?
Treatment of Injuries
Rehabilitating any injury can be a tiring and frustrating process. While the main goal of physical rehabilitation is to increase strength and flexibility, it often ends before the area has been returned to its full pre-injury state.
Massage plays an important role as a supplement to standard injury rehabilitation procedures. By encouraging circulatory movement and relaxing muscles, it helps the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This allows the rehabilitating injured area(s) to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated rate.
Poor posture can cause a lot of tension in the back, neck and shoulders, which is not good for our body. Proper body alignment can help improve things like pain, digestion and even breathing capacity.
The good news is bad posture can be corrected with firstly a change in poor posture habits as well as regular massage and Chiropractic treatments. The massage itself will relax the muscles and help alleviate any pain caused by your bad posture. This will enable your body to position itself in its natural-and pain-free-posture. With ongoing massage the body will begin to naturally position itself in a healthy posture, steering clear of the bad posture that was previously second-nature
Committing to regular massages is a great tool for pain management. Your therapist can focus in on specific problem areas, as well as tight, stiff muscles, and by utilising various techniques can gradually loosen them and help improve blood circulation. These actions help alleviate pain tied to injuries, arthritis and a range of other conditions. After regular sessions you may see benefits like a reduction in need for pain medications.
To book an appointment with John at Henley Beach or with our remedial massage therapists at Norwood or Normanville, please call us.