Massage and Physical Treatments

What are Massage and Physical Practices?

Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, consisting primarily of manual (hands-on) techniques such as applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and moving muscles and body tissues.

A great research paper in Science Magazine in 2012 by Mark Tarnopolsky, a metabolic researcher at McMaster University in Canada, looked closely at how massage therapy affects muscle tissue at the cellular level. They took samples of muscle tissue from the subjects’ legs before and after a challenging focused workout of intense exercise (similar to the effects of a challenging PT session). They found a significant increase in genes associated with repair and inflammation in the post-exercise leg samples compared to pre-exercise leg samples, as expected. But more importantly, they saw clear differences between the massaged legs and the unmassaged legs post-exercise.

The massaged legs had a 30% increase in PGC-1alpha expression, a gene that helps muscles build mitochondria – the engines that convert cell’s food into energy. And the same massaged leg samples also had 3 times less NF-kB (a protein complex that promotes inflammation) than the unmassaged leg samples. An overactive NF-kB mechanism is associated with a dysfunctional inflammation response and has been linked to delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS), as well as cancers, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases in extreme cases. These findings suggest that massage therapy integrated into physical therapy treatment, can effectively regulate inflammation that follows intense PT exercise, and also promote faster healing.

Physio Logic Massage Therapists use varied techniques that commonly include (but are not limited to):

  • effleurage
  • petrissage
  • myofascial release
  • compression
  • muscle stripping
  • trigger point release
  • & gentle stretching

Some Therapists also use Active Release technique (ART) or apply compression along appropriate energy meridians and acu-points to help mobilize and free up areas associated with injury, discomfort or trauma.

In physical therapy, pain can be a challenging obstacle. Often times, pain must be endured in order to regain balance and strength, or establish new functional movement patterns. Massage Therapy is helpful as it can help to lower pain perception and increase pain threshold.

Swedish Massage Therapy
Alexander technique 
Aromatherapy Massage
Auricular Acupuncture 
Balinese massage (Indonesian massage) 
Body brushing and exfoliation 
Bowen Technique 
Breuss spinal massage 
Buckwheat massage 
Chavutti – Thai Massage 
Chinese cupping 
Craniosacral Therapy 
Crystal acupuncture 
Deep Bodywork 
Dorn method 
Emmett Technique 
Emotional Freedom Technique 
Facial acupuncture 
Facial massage 
Facial reflexology 
Faradic treatments 
Feldenkrais Method 
Foot stone therapy 
Galvanic treatments 
Hand massage 
Hand reflexology 
Hand, arm, leg, foot acupressure 
Hands free chair massage 
Hands free massage 
Hands free reflexology 
Hawaiian massage 
Holistic facial massage 
Hopi Ear Candles 
Hot Stone Massage 
Indian Head Massage 
Jin Shin Jyutsu 
Korean hand massage 
La Stone Therapy 
Lava shells 
Lymph Drainage 
Manual lymphatic drainage 
Microsystems acupuncture 
Mongolian massage 
Myofascial Release 
No Hands Massage 
Postural Therapy 
Posture analysis 
Pregnancy Massage 
Qi Gong 
Reflexology and fertility
Reflexology and pregnancy 
Reflexology for cancer care 
Reflexology lymph drainage 
Remedial Massage 
Rossiter method
Russian honey massage
Seated acupressure massage
Seated Acupressure 
Skeletal balancing
Slavic massage
Spinal touch therapy
Sports Massage 
Stimplus pen – reflexology
Stone therapy
Swedish massage
TAPAS acupressure technique
Thai Foot Massage 
Thai hand massage
Thai herbal compress massage
Thai massage
Thai massage nerve touch
Thai Massage 
The M technique 
The Reconnection 
Therapeutic Massage 
Thermal auricular therapy (ear candling)
Thermo-auricular therapy
Tibetan acupressure head massage
Tibetan ball massage
Tibetan head massage
Tibetan massage
Touch therapy
Traditional Chinese Reflexology
Tui na 
Vertical reflex therapy
Zero balancing
Zone therapy