How Effective is massage?
Muscle Energy Technique
MET is a process by which an individual activates muscles or muscle groups in a particular direction with resistance applied by the therapist. MET is like a 'stretch' which activates both the main (agonist) muscle and its complementary muscles (antagonist).
MET has been shown to be effective in treating problems such as decreased range of motion and flexibility and pain.
Relaxation massage has been shown through reliable mainstream research to be beneficial for:
Myofascial release (MFR) is a form of manual therapy that involves the application of a low load, long duration stretch to the myofascial complex, intended to restore optimal length, decrease pain, and improve function. Anecdotal evidence shows great promise for MFR as a treatment for various conditions.
Deep Transverse Friction
Deep transverse friction massage is a modality which aims to improve the mobility and elasticity of muscles, ligaments and tendons. Specifically DTF prevents adherent scars and lesions from forming and facilitates healing by inducing hyperemia. DFT requires that the correct soft tissue structure is identified through proper evaluation and palpation.
DTF has been shown to be effective in addressing inflammation, tendinitis,
strains and sprains