If you have Multiple Sclerosis, a Head Injury, Parkinson's disease or a Spinal Cord Injury or have had a Stroke, finding a massage therapist who knows how to work with disability can often be a daunting task. At Neurolink we have the specialists what you are looking for.
As a wheelchair user you are more likely to develop tightness in your upper neck and back, the front of your chest and arms. Soft tissue massage helps to create length in these affected muscles to prevent shoulder injuries.
Here at Neurolink Physiotherapy our philosophy is to use a combination of Physiotherapy, Massage, Pilates and Personal Training to improve flexibility and create length in tight muscle. We also aim to improve your strength and control in weak muscles to maximise your functional ability and prevent long term physical problems. This includes shoulder pathologies if you are a wheelchair user, and back and shoulder pathologies if you are walking with walking sticks.
You will notice that after a massage your hands, legs or feet may feel less swollen with a healthier skin colour. This results because massage therapy helps to move the fluid that has pooled up in that area through the direction of movement and help to improve your circulation.
Can I have a massage with a disability?
Absolutely! In fact Massage Therapy is essential in the management of tight muscles, aiding circulation and overall relaxation.
It is important that your massage therapist is experiences and works very closely with your treating Neuro-Physiotherapist to help direct which muscle groups or areas of your body should be focused on. If you have reduced or no feeling in your arms/legs, it is important that your Physiotherapist directs the massage therapist about how much pressure to use, and why. Your Physiotherapist at Neurolink Physiotherapy will also direct your massage therapist to the most appropriate positions to use, and how to manage your spasms during the sessions to aid relaxation.
Who can benefits from Massage?
Everyone can benefit from massage.
Massage is an effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to your body regular massage may help prevent injuries caused by overuse. For example, pushing your wheelchair or walking with your walking sticks can lead to tight muscles. This is very important if you regularly use the FES systems as the aim is to develop more muscle bulk but with good flexibility.
Massage therapy is essential to achieving this. Any activity repeated over and over may lead to a build up of tension in the muscles causing stress to the joints, ligaments, tendons and the muscles themselves. These muscle imbalances may develop to cause discomfort or impede your movement. The skilled massage therapist will be able to detect variations in the soft tissues and by using the correct techniques, help maintain a healthy physical state.
Massage can be used in the treatment of specific injuries, correct muscle imbalances, overuse and/or postural issues. By improving the condition of the muscles, massage may prevent future adhesions developing and improving the efficiency of your muscles.
- Massage can provide a release of tension or pressure build up by stretching
- Massage improves mobility and flexibility in the muscles.
- Massage increases blood flow to tissues by stretching blood vessels enabling nutrients to pass through more easily, repairing tight or damaged muscles.
- Massage removes waste products and toxins from the muscles reducing inflammation which can cause pain.
- Massage can reduce pain and injury from previous injury or trauma.
- Desensitisation for sensitive areas
How massage can help you?
- Identify problem areas before they develop into injuries
- Relax and stretch muscles
- Improve range of motion, suppleness and elasticity
- Relieve pain and stress
- Free muscle adhesions and soften scar tissue caused by injury or overuse
- Improve circulation
- Flush out toxins that cause muscle stiffness and soreness
- Relax the body and mind
- Aid recovery and healing
- Enhance body awareness