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Therapeutic massage

Article written by: GEORGIANA TACHE, MD, Medical rehabilitation doctor

Therapeutic massage

While therapeutic massage is often relaxing, the ultimate goal of massage sessions depends on the condition being treated. For example, a person who goes to the physiotherapist to recover from an injury should also go for a massage to relax muscles, improve muscle tone and flexibility. Also, massage has an important role in acute or chronic back pain.

How can therapeutic massage help you?

Therapeutic massage is a combination of relaxation massage and remedial massage, being useful for a wide range of pathologies. Here are some benefits:

  • heals certain muscle injuries 
  • improves circulation, delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells 
  • fights inflammation
  • improves immunity and muscle tone
  • helps in the treatment of inflammatory pathologies, such as osteoarthritis
  • improves heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure
  • improves the immune system and helps fight stress
  • improves joint mobility and muscle flexibility

Types of massage

  • Therapeutic massage
  • Sports massage and deep tissue
  • Reflexogenic massage
  • Lymphatic massage

Therapeutic massage

A therapeutic massage is a form of paramedical treatment that is applied to tense areas, muscle contractions, hypertrophy, and muscle atrophies, to improve the mobility and functionality of the affected area. Therapeutic massage produces local analgesic effects when the techniques are performed in a slow and prolonged rhythm and is contraindicated in acute inflammatory and hemorrhagic processes.
Therapeutic massage is indicated for:
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system - rheumatic, neurological, post-traumatic, joint diseases
  • Diseases of the cardiovascular system - venous and lymphatic stasis, with peripheral circulatory edema
  • Psychogenic disorders - forms of asthenic neurosis, spasmophilia, neurovegetative dystonia
  • Metabolic disorders - obesity, diabetes, gout.
  • Sedentarism
  • Rapid restoration of tissue elasticity and acceleration of scarring 
  • Improving blood circulation 

Sports massage and deep tissue

Recommended for performance athletes, deep tissue massage improves performance, increases muscle tone and endurance, but also helps to reintegrate into sports due to injuries to the musculoskeletal system.
Deep tissue massage uses maneuvers specific to Swedish therapeutic massage, only the pressure is higher and directed towards the deep layers of the muscles.

Sports massage is indicated for:

  • Prophylaxis of muscle injuries, common in performance athletes
  • Maintaining muscle elasticity in normal parameters, which helps prevent muscle injuries, common in performance athletes
  • Improving circulation in blood and lymph vessels 
  • Relaxation and relaxation of the muscular and nervous system
  • Stimulating the immune system and detoxifying the body.

Reflexogenic massage

Reflexogenic massage is often found under the name of reflexology, being used to cure various disorders, but also as a method of preventing them. The maneuvers act as in acupuncture, those being replaced by pressing in specific areas, called reflex points. 
The reflexogenic areas are pressed one by one, in a certain order, with a special technique and pressure, to be able to relax the deposits and the painful manifestations of the patient.

Reflexogenic massage is indicated for:
  • Diseases of the spine and musculoskeletal system: sciatica, spondylosis, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, arthritis, gonarthrosis, hip osteoarthritis, back pain, muscle cramps, tendon inflammation
  • Endocrine disorders: thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, cycle regulation, menopausal disorders, osteoporosis, metabolic disorders, obesity, diabetes
  • Digestive disorders: gastritis, enterocolitis, colitis, ulcer, constipation, bloating
  • Hepato-biliary disorders: gallstones, hypercholesterolemia, lazy bile
  • Kidney diseases, for the elimination of sand and stones 
  • Circulatory disorders: hypo and hypertension, gout, cold hands, and feet syndrome, leg pain
  • ENT conditions: bronchitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, neuralgia, asthma
  • Mental and vegetative diseases and symptoms: stress, migraines, dizziness, insomnia, chronic fatigue, emotional instability, depression, anxiety

Lymphatic massage

The body contains lymph nodes in the region of the neck, breasts, abdomen, groin, and knees. To drain the toxins accumulated in the circulatory system in these areas, we use lymphatic drainage - a massage combined with light pressure applied to the lymph nodes. 

Lymphatic drainage ensures deep regeneration of the body and this is recommended in completing the post-traumatic recovery process. 

Lymphatic massage is indicated for:
  • Improving the immune system 
  • Combating the sensation of heaviness in the foot (caused by sedentary lifestyle and dehydration)
  • Improving sleep quality and circulatory problems
The type of massage you need is determined by your lifestyle and the condition you suffer from. Generally, massage therapy lasts for 4-6 weeks, but this can differ from person to person.

The massages are performed in the spine recovery department or the physiotherapy department. Our physiotherapists are licensed and overspecialized in physical therapy and special motor skills, with numerous courses, including:
  • ERGON technical course
  • Kinesio taping 
  • Flossing band
  • Dynamic tape
  • Yumeiho Therapy Course
  • Aquashape Fitness Scandinavia Workshop
  • Calarco Method Kinesio taping course
  • Osteopathy courses
  • Manual Therapy Courses


You can find here a detailed list of the prices of individual services. But any correct recovery process is based on a mixed plan of therapies and procedures, customized according to the condition, stage of the condition, patient profile, and other objective medical factors. As a result, in order to configure a treatment plan, with the therapies involved and the prices related to the plan, please make an appointment here for an initial consultation.


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