As time passed, and massage therapy became more popular and developed in the west, more techniques were added to the therapists’ repertoire of Swedish techniques. These techniques greatly expanded the clinical uses of massage therapy in treating specific conditions in a medical or remedial therapy.
Common Non-Swedish techniques used in western massage therapy include:
Passive and Active Movements: Bending and stretching.
Static pressure techniques: pressure is applied to muscles or tendons in specific areas with little movement involved. These techniques are often used to resolve trigger points or muscle spasms. They may also be applied to the tendon of a muscle that is too tender to work directly on.
Fascial techniques: The palms, thumbs, fingertips, or forearms are used to stretch the connective tissue layer surrounding muscles and attaching them to the skin. These techniques may be somewhat painful while they are being applied, but they decrease fascial restrictions and accompanying pain while increasing circulation.
Joint mobilization: the joints are moved without forceful chiropractic adjustments. Used to increase the mobility and range of motion of a joint, or to indirectly relax muscles.
Frictions: Circular and back-and-forth pressures often with the thumbs and/or fingertips, which are typically used to break down scar tissue, or release adhesions.
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