Massage therapy is an important component of every rehabilitation programme. Massage involves the controlled compressive and extensive manipulation of muscle and tissue. The therapeutic effects of massage on muscle and tissue tone, on contracture, scar tissue and circulatory disorders are well established.

General effects of massage:
  • increases local blood flow
  • decongests the venous and lymph systems
  • regulates muscle tone; revitalisation in cases of hypertonicity, myogelosis and hypotonicity
  • breaks down scar tissue and loosens tissue adhesions
  • improves the tone of the skin and the connective tissue
  • relieves pain
  • on internal organs via reflex arcs
  • stabilises and promotes normal tone in the autonomic system
  • gives rise to psychological relaxation.
The massage techniques applied during therapy include:
traditional massage, segmental-reflex massage such as connective-tissue massage, foot reflex massage, deep massage (Marnitz technique), colon massage, periosteal massage (Vogler technique), deep friction massage (Cyriax method), "Breuss" massage and facial massage.

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