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Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

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If you are looking for a sports massage or deep tissue massage in Singapore, you most likely have some aches, pains, or even damage to some of your muscles which you would like to resolve. A quality sports massage, or physiotherapeutic massage, is part of a larger group of treatments which fall under the category of soft tissue therapy.

Our soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) typically accumulate stress and damage over time from a combination of factors like injuries, repetitive stress, poor posture, spine and body alignment, sleep habits and many others. Thus there are a range of soft tissue therapies which our doctors and therapists may employ in your treatment in order to relax and normalise the function of those tissues.

At Elite Spine Centres, we recognise the importance of proper soft tissue therapy in the overall treatment process, to go along with specific chiropractic adjustments, rehabilitative exercise and lifestyle advice. Luckily, our signature Functional Correction Method (FCM) chiropractic technique incorporates a variety of effective soft tissue therapies as well. Below we will give you further details about the range of soft tissue therapies available at our centre, including certified sports massage and more!


Sports massage or deep tissue massage is generally a longer format therapy for soft tissue problems. A trained sports masseuse will utilise a range of manual techniques to break down fibrous adhesions in soft tissues which can restrict mobility and/or cause pain. These sessions may last from 1 to 2 hours and often will target specific groups of muscles on any one particular session. This is in contrast to a spa style massage which is less specific and more for general body relaxation.


At Elite Spine, we offer certified massage therapy (CMT) to our patients when needed, with a skilful and very personable therapist trained in the UK. Ms. Serena Cadeddu (Italy) helps those of our patients needing this longer format therapy as directed by their primary treating doctor. In combination with the range of other chiropractic and physiotherapy services we offer; high-quality sports massage and deep tissue massage give our patients the option to have every aspect of their recovery handled under one roof. Please have a read about the types of massages offered at our centre, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Massage Therapy


The perfect remedy to decrease stress and tension. Swedish massage eases the body and mind into deep relaxation. This treatment is designed to improve circulation and sleep patterns, invigorate the skin, and calm the nervous system, while restoring muscles to their proper resting state.


Deep Tissue Massage/Sport Massage


A massage that targets deep tissues and muscles, break up "knots" and adhesions from sports injuries or accumulated stress damage. Deep tissue massage/Sport massage can help to relieve stress and strains, increase flexibility and improve circulation. Help athletes to recover from competition, or just for everyday people needing to restore their range of motion and function.


Aromatherapy Massage


The rejuvenation of Swedish massage fused with the added benefits of aromatherapy from natural therapeutic essentials oil (no synthetics or perfumes). The therapist will make an organic essential oil blend specifically for you to nourish body and mind.


Lymphatic Drainage


Manual Lymphatic Drainage, commonly known as MLD, is an advanced therapeutic method that has been proven to stimulate the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is responsible for cleaning out toxins in our blood and body. It is a light, rhythmic massage in which the practitioner uses a range of specialised massage movements and gentle pumping techniques. In fact, the pressure applied on the skin should be as gentle as the weight of teaspoon of water! These mild stretching movements stimulate the lymphatic vessels, increasing the flow of excess fluid and metabolic waste. Hence it’s signature benefit: reduce excess water retention and swelling from injuries/surgery and lymphedema.

As part of FCM chiropractic developed by our director Dr. Michael Bryant, our doctors will provide manual pressure techniques like myofascial release (MFR) and trigger point therapy (TPT) before and during your chiropractic adjustment. These specific soft tissue methods can help restricted tissues and joints to mobilise within a short period of time if applied with precision.


Generally these techniques will be applied using the doctor’s thumb, fingers, or elbows to target certain areas while the patient either remains still or in some cases may be asked to slowly move their body. Most patients will describe these techniques as a “good sore” or “good pain” as they feel the tissues release during and after the technique is applied.


Two other popular methods of soft tissue therapy in physiotherapy are Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) and Cupping Therapy. IASTM involves the use of specifically designed tools which allow our doctors to scan, find and treat common scar tissues, fibrous adhesions and “knots” in muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. Sometimes patients may mistake this form of therapy with something known as “Gua Sha” in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), whereby tools are used to scrape the skin repeatedly to help improve blood circulation. Our doctors perform IASTM with different techniques and often with cream/oil to break the friction, so force is directed primarily into deeper tissues. It is not scraping or agitating the skin in the same way, or leaving the types of marks/bruises often associated with Gua Sha.


Cupping therapy is also used by some modern physiotherapists and chiropractors, although again typically in a slightly different manner than how it may be used by some TCM practitioners via “Ba Guan”. Cupping therapy can be applied to the body in stationary positions, or by moving the cups and/or body parts at the same time as suctioning to improve blood circulation, reduce myofascial restrictions, and help the body to clear metabolic waste from the cells and tissues. This is a unique form of soft tissue therapy since it utilises a suction (decompressive) force on the body vs. most forms of massage or myofascial release which involve compression of the tissues.


Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSWT) is another advanced therapeutic technique used at Elite Spine Centres. This machine delivers a controlled and rapid percussion to the tissues and can often penetrate to affect areas which may be more difficult or painful to reach via manual methods. Please feel free to read more about Shockwave Therapy here.