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How Does Massage Therapy Work & Is It Effective?

man receiving neck massageHave you ever been curious about how massage therapy works? If yes, you’re not alone. This form of bodywork has been around for centuries, but the modern version is a more improved and effective practice that can yield numerous physical and mental benefits.

Massage therapy works by manipulating muscles and other soft tissues to increase circulation, reduce pain, alleviate emotional and physical stress, and boost overall wellbeing. It can also help relax tight muscles, increase flexibility, decrease inflammation, accelerate healing, and lower blood pressure. The techniques used in this type of bodywork include hands-on methods or various tools to apply pressure to particular areas of the body.

Is This Therapy Effective?

Yes! “Massage is an immediately effective therapy, like nothing else,” said Dr. Roddy Knight (Chiropractor). Studies have shown that regular sessions can significantly reduce physical pain, while decreasing stress levels and improving wellbeing.

Techniques Offered at Croydon Sports Injury Clinic Ltd

While there are many techniques, these are the ones primarily used in our practice:

  • Swedish – utilises long strokes, kneading, circular movements, vibration, and tapping
  • Sports – similar to Swedish, this type of bodywork is altered specifically for the needs of athletes and can be given before or after a workout
  • Deep tissue – this intense, deep pressure method helps alleviate chronic muscle tension
  • Trigger point – there’s a deeper focus on tight areas in the muscles (“knots”) with this technique, which also works for muscle spasms


How often do most people come in for a session?

Usually weekly or monthly.

How long should my session be?

At Croydon Sports Injury Clinic Ltd, the sort of massage we do is 30 minutes. Dr. Roddy (Chiropractor) recommends that length for the first visit, and most people stick with that for any subsequent visits.

Who provides massage at the practice?

Chiropractor Dr. Roddy, who has over 25 years of experience doing soft tissue techniques, provides effective massage that gets great results. He obtained qualifications in Australia and the UK, and has done a lot of continuing education and professional development to gain his substantial knowledge. His approach is like what physiotherapists and massage therapists use.

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