A BATTLE with chronic pain was the catalyst for former soldier Matt Olszewski to become a remedial massage therapist.
His own intensive treatment, following an injury sustained in the armed forces, gave him first-hand insight into what his clients are going through.
“I understand the psychological effects that acute and chronic pain can play,” he says.
Olszewski established WA Sports Massage in O’Connor after working in gyms and health and holistic clinics.
The practice is sports orientated, but you don’t have to be an elite athelete to be treated there.
“We welcome anyone who is suffering from aches and pains and general tension, or those wanting to enhance their own physical and emotional well-being,” Olszewski says.
Massage therapist Alicia Lim is the practice’s myofascial cupping whiz.
The therapy dates back to Egyptian times and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.
In 2002 David Sheehan came up with a modern version that doesn’t leave the recipient looking like they’ve been pelted with squash balls.
The negatively-pressurised cups “lift and separate” soft tissue: “Sucking the air out of the cup; lifting the muscle away,” Olszewski says.
“Which in turn can increase nutrient-rich blood supply, while giving a gentle passive stretch to the underlying soft tissue.”
Olszewski and fellow therapist Christophe Cisse focus on remedial massage, “which is an effective way to relieve pain and tension throughout the whole body.”
It uses a variety of techniques to correct physical dysfunction: “Such as deep tissue massage and trigger-point therapy.”
WA Sports also collaborates with other health professionals, including physiotherapists, chiropractors and doctors.
“Massage accelerates the healing process post-injury to assist in pain management and to help support other acute, chronic and ongoing medical conditions,” Olszewski says.
By warming-up and stretching muscles to increase flexibility, a pre-sport massage helps prevents serious injury.
While a post-activity massage helps muscles suffering from microtrauma or small rips and tears.
For more information go to wasportsmassage.com.au or call 0412 867 824.