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Massage therapy
 
Definition

Massage, loosely defined as the manipulation of soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system, has been practiced for centuries in nearly every culture around the world. A holistic form of therapy, massage affects all body systems, especially the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems. Thus, it may be particularly helpful in decreasing muscular tension or flaccidity, increasing blood and lymph circulation, enhancing tissue healing, and sedating or stimulating the nervous system. The use of massage for healing purposes was first documented in Chinese medical manuscripts dating back 4,000 years, and it is still an important aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). There are many different massage techniques, each of which is used to achieve a specific goal. The most common types practiced in Australia include: Aromatherapy, Swedish, Remedial, Deep tissue, Lymphatic, Reflexology, Shiatsu and Sports massage. In general, massage therapy is considered a very safe therapy.

 
 
How It Works

Manual stimulation of the tissues is translated into electrical signals that are transmitted locally and throughout the body. This stimulation and transmission improve tissue healing, stimulate the circulatory and lymphatic systems, enhance the function of the immune system, and provoke a sense of well-being by stimulating the release of natural endorphins and reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Massage relieves tension and enhances relaxation, decreases blood pressure and heart rate, relieves pain, stimulates blood and lymph circulation, speeds the removal of waste products from the body, and alleviates restrictions in muscles, joints, and ligaments.

 
 
Conditions
  • Chronic back pain, musculoskeletal pain
  • Arthritis, repetitive strain injuries, sports injuries
  • Pregnancy and postnatal support (including baby bonding massage)
  • Children’s conditions including autism, skin disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), cystic fibrosis
  • Any conditions associated with anxiety, tension, depression and stress
  • Insomnia, Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia
  • Headaches, migraines
  • PMS, dysmenorrhoea
  • Convalescence and injury recovery
  • Constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease
  • Lymphoedema (fluid retention) following surgery
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder, and restless leg syndrome.
 
 
Expect

An initial massage therapy session begins with a full medical history and assessment of your problems, concerns or goals. Typically, your practitioner will leave the room while you undress and lay down on the massage table. (Sometimes massage techniques can be done fully clothed) A sheet is used as a drape during the session and is moved only to expose the part of the body being worked on at any given time. Massage oil or lotion is often used to decrease friction on the skin. The practitioner massages the body in a specific sequence depending on the health condition. A massage session can last from 15 to 90 minutes and may include a schedule of follow-up visits, depending on the nature and extent of the problem.

 
 
Education

  • Diplomas in specific massage therapies of individual choice, with thorough training in underlying anatomy and physiology
  • Naturopathy qualifications that include massage qualifications
  • TCM qualifications that include massage qualifications
 
 
Cost

Ask YourHealth Reception for exact costs when booking. (Link to YourHealth)

 
 
Cover

Acupuncture is not covered under Medicare unless the acupuncturist is also a medical doctor. Many Private Health Funds cover acupuncture (depending on level of cover). Following is a list of contact numbers to check your coverage for this therapy:

  • Axa (131243)
  • Grand United (1800 800 245)
  • Government Employees (1300 366 868)
  • HCF (131334)
  • Manchester Unity (131372)
  • MBF (132623)
  • Medibank Private (132331)
  • NIB (131463)
  • Teachers Health Fund (1300 728 188)
 
 

 

 
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