Services

At Back Straight Massage, all the therapists are Diploma qualified as a minimum, and are limited to how many treatments they perform in a day and a week. Being a physical job, this ensures a consistent quality treatment for the clients and longevity for the therapist.


 

Remedial Massage / Deep Tissue Massage

IMG_5686Focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.

It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body, through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, by either following or crossing over the muscle fibres, fascia and tendons.

These types of massage therapy are usually used to address specific problems associated with chronic muscular pain, injury rehabilitations, sporting and occupational injuries, RSI, and physical and mental fatigue.

The techniques can include Trigger Point Therapy, deep tissue massage and stretching thereby creating an improved range of motion through the joints. It’s important to drink plenty of water after a deep-tissue session to help eliminate toxins from the body.

Diet and exercise are an important part of our lives, and remedial massage enables our bodies to recover from and deal with better, the rigours of sport, exercise and other areas of life.
When muscles become knotted and tense or damaged, remedial massage provides a healing treatment that can be gentle or strong, deep or shallow. As remedial massage therapists we identify the original biomechanical dysfunction, thus healing the cause of the disorder, as well as the symptoms.

Ailments Back Straight Massage often deals with include;

  • Lower back strain – typically people doing manual lifting, operating machinery, parents lifting children
  • Neck and shoulder tension – caused by stress, repetitive routines, bad posture, incorrect lifting, illness, driving a lot, sleeping incorrectly
  • Headaches – often accompanies upper body tension. We can also assist people suffering sinus or allergies

People who invest in themselves get a return from massage, as it can make you more productive in any sport, recreation, work or business activities, and help avoid injury.

 

 


Sport

We successfully treat clients with shoulder and neck conditions, tennis elbow, rotator cuff injuries, tight leg muscles, sciatica, hip, leg and feet issues.

Research has shown that in relation to exercise and athletic participation massage can:

  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Help athletes monitor muscle tone
  • Promote relaxation
  • Reduce muscle hypertonicity
  • Increase range of motion
  • Improve soft tissue function
  • Support recovery from the transient immunosuppression state
  • Support the recovery of heart rate variability and diastolic blood pressure after high-intensity exercise.
  • Decrease muscle stiffness and fatigue after exercise
  • Improve exercise performance
  • Decrease delayed onset muscle soreness
  • Be the most efficient intervention for maintaining maximal performance time in subsequent exercise tests when combined with active recovery from maximal exercise
  • Reduce serum creatine kinase post exercise
  • Reduce swelling
  • Reduce breathing pattern disorders
  • Enhance athletic performance
  • May help prevent injuries when massage is received regularly

 


Individuals who participate in exercise and athletic programs who seek enhanced performance, improved conditioning, faster recovery, injury prevention, and assistance in maintaining peak fitness can benefit from massage therapy.


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It can help them train more effectively and reduce muscle stiffness and improve relaxation by reducing heart rate and blood pressure.

Recently, researchers at McMaster University, Canada, reported that deep massage after an intense workout actually causes muscles to enlarge and grow new mitochondria. Mitochondria, the powerhouses of our cells, are responsible for converting nutrients into useful energy.

 


Dry Needling Treatment

dry-needlingDry needling has similarities to acupuncture, but is strictly based on western medicine principles and research, and it is increasingly used in the management of musculoskeletal and sports injuries.

It involves inserting an acupuncture needle into a trigger point and is typically used to treat pain associated with injuries. A trigger point is a tender spot in a tight band of muscle which causes pain when pressed or squeezed. The inserted needle will cause favorable biochemical changes which assist in reducing the pain.

Most clients do not feel the insertion of the needle. The local twitch response elicits a very brief (less than a second) response, some describe as a brief electrical buzz, and others feel more like a cramping sensation. These are good and desirable reactions.

Dry needling can be used to break the pain cycle when treating a condition, allowing other treatment options to be more effective and applied sooner. This makes it the perfect complement to remedial massage, saving clients having to run all over town for multiple appointments (and charges) with different practitioners.

 


Kinesio taping

kinesiotapeTape provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy.

The results are increased fluid flow through an injured area, better control over muscle contractions, reduced pain, and ultimately faster healing.

This effect is modulated and coordinated by the nervous system by specifically stimulating the sensory motor system.

Kinesio taping has also been found to be very beneficial in treating swelling conditions such as lymphoedema and post surgery.

 


Lymphoedema Treatment

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Susan Butcher specialises in the treatment of Lymphoedema (and the related condition, Lipoedema), and now her time is 100% dedicated to the best possible outcomes for those clients.

 

 

Lymphoedema is caused from a failure of the lymphatic system to adequately collect and remove proteins from the fluids of body tissues, resulting in long term swelling and oedema.


Whereas it can be genetic, it is more often a result of trauma / injury, cancer, surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, arthritic inflammation, deep vein thrombosis.

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  • transient swelling of a limb or other region of the body
  • aching, heaviness, stiffness, limitation of movement, tightness or temperature changes. Clothing, jewellery or shoes may feel tighter

There is no known cure for lymphoedema but there are ways to manage it, including;

  • lymphatic drainage massage
  • compression garments
  • good skin care
  • gentle exercise

Lymphatic massage is a longer, gentler form of massage, which assists the body to increase the lymphatic flow of the excess proteins back to the blood circulation, where they are processed by the kidney and liver then removed by normal bodily function.
These treatments are designed to reduce and control swelling, improve the range of movement of the affected area and prevent infections.

It can also be used for other immune breakdown problems, where the immune system is not functioning properly in relieving fluid congestion, and can promote wound healing, help relieve stress and anxiety, chronic fatigue and rheumatoid arthritis.

Susan is a member of the Australasian Lymphology Association, on the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register (NLPR), and a member of the NLPR management committee.

www.lymphoedema.org.au

 


Relaxation

One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm.

This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins, the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing.

Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin and cortisol, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.


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Relaxation massage can help recovery from emotional exhaustion and increase your vitality and general sense of well being and calmness.
It is known to reduce depressive symptoms, anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate, and can improve sleep.

 


Pregnancy massage

pregnancy_back_pain.milestoneExpectant mums experience unique physical and emotional changes that occur as a result of increased weight, shifting posture, and adjusting hormone levels.

While this is a beautiful period of heightened expectation and joy, mothers-to-be also endure heightened physical discomfort that ranges from muscular tension and headaches to pressure on nerves and joints.

Prenatal massage is a natural, touch therapy treatment aimed at alleviating these and other pregnancy related symptoms.

Prenatal massage offers a wide range of benefits, which include the following:

  • Eases backaches, headaches, shoulder and neck aches that may be caused by muscle tension and shifts in posture to accommodate increasing weight
  • Decreases pain in the pelvic/hip area
  • Increases circulation
  • Improves skin elasticity that can help reduce stretch marks
  • Helps reduce swelling of hands and lower legs
  • Promotes relaxation
  • improved sleep
  • faster recovery of energy and muscle tone after birth

Massage therapy can also be a therapeutic treatment after pregnancy as your body returns to its normal state.


 

Albury Branch

710 Young Street
Albury NSW, 2640

Ph. 0427 369 570
 

Holbrook Branch

McInnes Street
Holbrook NSW, 2644

Ph. 0427 369 570

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