Massage Therapy

Massage has been used as a healing therapy for thousands of years. In 2700 B.C. massage was used to treat paralysis, chills and fever in China. Similarly, in 400 B.C., the famous Greek physician Hippocrates recommended physicians use massage to treat sports and war injuries.

So what is it?

Massage involves the application of various techniques to the soft tissues of the body that include applying fixed or moveable pressure, stroking, kneading, rubbing, shaking and compression using primarily the hands, or other parts of the body ifneeded, such as the forearms. There are numerous kinds of massage and all techniques benefit the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body. Massage focuses on healing the body and the mind and is known to positively influence overall health and well-being.

What are the physical and mental benefits?

  • Relaxes the whole body
  • Loosens tight muscles
  • Relieves tired and aching muscles
  • Increases flexibility and range of motion
  • Diminishes chronic pain
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers heart rate
  • Enhances skin tone
  • Assists in recovery from injuries and illness
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Reduces tension headaches
  • Reduces mental stress
  • Improves concentration
  • Promotes restful sleep
  • Aids mental relaxation

What massage techniques are available at Romford & Ilford Family Chiropractic?

Sports massage: the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons and ligaments. It is applicable not just to sports people but to anyone wishing to guard against or recover from a soft tissue injury.

Pregnancy massage: women are increasingly finding that a weekly or monthly massage during pregnancy helps to reduce stress and promote relaxation; provides emotional support (especially for those women  who are going through the experience alone); relieves muscle spasms, cramps and general aches and pains; increases circulation and thus reduces the possibility of varicose veins and swelling in the feet and legs; helps with digestion, and reduces the likelihood of stretch marks due to the application of natural creams during massage. Pregnant clients report that their massage sessions leave them feeling relaxed and comfortable, and with increased self-confidence and an enhanced body image. However, women with placental dysfunctions, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, toxemia or threatened miscarriage should avoid massage during pregnancy. If in any doubt, have a chat with your doctor before booking an appointment with a therapist.
Massage for the elderly: massage can be beneficial for problems that most people experience as they grow older. Gentle massage can be used to soothe conditions such as muscle stiffness and soreness, loss of flexibility, arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, and help with respiratory disorders such as asthma and emphysema. Moreover, for elderly people who
Seniorshave lost their partners and live alone, massage provides the sense of nurturing that comes from being gently and respectfully touched. Elderly people with Alzheimer’s or who have had a stroke and find it hard to communicate verbally benefit greatly from massage. Very frail or modest clients can benefit just as much from a foot, hand or face massage as they might from an all over body massage. It’s important to make sure that the therapist is told about any medication being taken prior to treatment.

When should it be avoided?

Massage of any kind should not be carried out on individuals suffering with fever or contagious and infectious diseases. Those with any form of cancer must obtain their doctor’s permission before having any massage treatment. Similarly, those with cardiovascular disease, arthritis, epilepsy, diabetes or trapped nerves should talk with their doctor first.

Treatment Price  Time
Therapeutic / Deep / Sports  Massage
(Area(s) of choice)
£60 60 minutes
Therapeutic / Deep / Sports  Massage
(Area(s) of choice)
£30 30 minutes
Pregnancy Massage
(Free consultation)
£50 50 minutes

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0208 252 1010  or 0208 262 3140