Physical Therapy

Your doctor might suggest this type of treatment if you’ve had an injury or illness that makes it hard to do daily tasks.

Physical Therapy (PT) is care that aims to ease pain and help you function, move, and live better. You may need it to: 

WebMD, What Is Physical Therapy?, accessed 14 March 2019, <>

Neuromuscular Physical Therapy

Neuromuscular therapy is a specialised form of deep tissue massage in which digital pressure and friction are used to release areas of strain in the muscle. These areas of strain are called tender or trigger points and are the cause of muscular pain symptoms.

Sports Massage Therapy

Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars of the sports massage technique are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.

Massage Envy, Types of Massage: Sports Massage, accessed 14 March 2019, <>

Pre & Post Event Massage Therapy

Pre and Post event sports massage is specifically designed to help an athlete perform at their best and recover as quickly and effectively as possible after their event.

Pre event massage can be carried out anytime from two days to immediately before an event.
Post event massage should be done as soon as possible after the event.

Pal Therapies, What is Pre & Post Event Massage?, accessed 14 March 2019, <>

Pregnancy Massage

Also known as prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is customized to an expectant mother’s needs but is most often used to promote relaxation. Since many pregnant women suffer from lower back pain and swollen ankles especially in the later months, prenatal massage is a relatively safe, drug-free way to provide relief. 

Massage therapists who have received specialized training and are certified in prenatal massage know how to position and support the woman’s body during the massage, modify techniques, and avoid certain areas and techniques during pregnancy. Most will have a special table that allows the woman to rest comfortably and safely during the massage. Ideally, you should seek out a practitioner who is experienced and licensed in prenatal massage.

Verywell, Top 9 Most Popular Types of Massage, accessed 14 March 2019, <>

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage involves applying firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It’s used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.

Verywell, Everything You Need to Know About Deep Tissue Massage, accessed 14 March 2019, <>

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy is a form of Remedial Massage Therapy in which direct pressure is applied to specified points on tender muscle tissue to bring about reduction in muscle tension and pain relief.

Trigger Point Therapy is recognised as an effective treatment for pain.

The main reason behind its success appears to be related to chronic pain patterns. The establishment of chronic pain patterns occurs within a few months of an injury.

Once established, these pain patterns are difficult to reverse by other conservative treatment techniques. Trigger Point Therapy is often very useful in breaking this pain cycle.

Physioworks, Trigger Point Massage, accessed 14 March 2019, <>

Cupping Therapy

Have you ever seen an Olympic swimmer with circular dark markings up and down his or her back and wonder what did he or she do to themselves and why? Chances are they have received a therapeutic cupping session.

So what is cupping therapy, and why would anyone want to do it? It looks painful, right? Cupping has been around for thousands of years dating back to early Egypt, China and Greece. It then spread through parts of Africa and Europe and was used by the natives of America.

Massage cupping is another way of facilitating and is commonly used by practitioners of the western healing arts. Plenty of oil is needed to glide the cups over the skin in a smooth, consistent movement. The suction and negative pressure created by massage cupping releases rigid soft tissue, breaks up and drains excess fluids and toxins, loosens adhesions and lifts connective tissue, and brings blood and lymph flow to stagnant skin and muscles.

Stationary and massage cupping are most commonly used on the back, neck and shoulders. But by adjusting the size of the cups, this therapy can be used almost anywhere on the body including the feet and face.

Laura Waite, What Is Cupping Therapy?, Active Network, accessed 14 March 2019, <>

Dry Needling

Dry needling is an approach to treating soft tissue injuries that has gained popularity with physical therapists, especially those specialising in sports medicine where increased range of motion and a quick recovery are often vital.

The techniques used in dry needling are designed to penetrate the skin and reach into the compromised muscle to stimulate the myofascial trigger points, creating a change in the soft tissues’ form, and thus function.

Vista Rehab Partners, Dry Needling a Clinical Approach to Treating Soft Tissue Injuries, accessed 14 March 2019, <>

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