Cross Fiber / Deep Transverse Friction Massage Santa Barbara, Goleta

Cross Fiber / Deep Transverse Friction Massage Santa Barbara, Goleta
Cross Fiber / Deep Transverse Friction Massage Santa Barbara, Goleta
Cross Fiber / Deep Transverse Friction Massage Santa Barbara, Goleta

CrossFiber Massage uses friction techniques to create a stretching and broadening effect in large muscle groups. …Cross-fiber massage can be used to reduce adhesions and to help create strong, flexible repair during the healing process. This technique is usually done without oil or lotion. Cross friction massage is great for tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Any adhesions, tendonitis, tendonosis, scar tissue, or trigger points will respond to this therapy.

What is a cross fibre friction massage?

This is why we use cross fiber massage

The purpose of deep friction massage is to maintain the mobility within the soft tissue structures of ligament, tendon, and muscle and prevent adherent scars from forming. … Before friction massage can be performed successfully, the correct structure must be found through proper evaluation procedures.

What is friction massage technique?

Friction is a massage technique used to increase circulation and release areas that are tight; particularly around joints and where there are adhesions within the muscles or tendons. Friction is defined as “an accurately delivered penetrating pressure applied through fingertips.” 

What is deep transverse friction massage?

Transverse friction massage (also known as cross-friction and cross-fibre massage) is a technique that promotes optimal collagen healing by increasing circulation and decreasing collagen cross-linking, thus decreasing the formation of adhesions and scar tissue.

How do you massage scar tissue after surgery?

You should start massaging your scars two weeks after surgery. Wait until the sutures have been removed and all scabs have fallen off by themselves. Do not pull your scabs off. Use the pads or soft tips of your fingers to massage the scar and tissue around the scar.

Cross Fiber / Deep Transverse Friction Massage Santa Barbara, Goleta

How do you do cross friction massage?

Just rub gently back and forth over the inflamed tendon at the point of greatest tenderness. Your strokes should be perpendicular to the fibres of the tendon — like strumming a guitar string. Use gentle to moderate pressure with the pads of your fingers or a thumb.

Should you massage inflamed tendons?

Beyond that, regular massage therapy can significantly reduce or even eliminate pain, as well as increasing the strength and range of motion in the affected joint. Sports massage, which combines more gentle Swedish techniques with deep-tissue work, can also be effective for tendonitis inflammation and pain.

What are the benefits of friction massage?

Cross-fibre friction is friction that goes against the direction of the muscle fibres, it is used often in Sports Massage. The benefits of friction are to address a joint, to reduce swelling, to bring blood to the areas of dry, stringy muscles and to rub soreness away.

Common Massage Therapy Techniques

Longitudinal Gliding

Longitudinal gliding is a basic but effective massage technique administered in the direction of the blood flow. It aids the fluid dispersion from the injury site, and thus helps reduce inflammation and swelling. It is also very useful in relaxing tight muscles.


Kneading can be performed in different ways and is described by the part of a hand used to accomplish the massage, eg thumb kneading and palm kneading. The pressure used must vary according to the purpose of the massage and the bulk of the tissues under treatment. The rhythm and rate of the movement are equally important as the pressure is applied intermittently.

Myofascial Releases

Myofascial release is manual technique for stretching the fascia with the aim to balance the body. Fascia is located between the skin and the underlying structure of muscle and bone, it is a seamless web of connective tissue that covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures in our body. Injuries, stress, trauma, and poor posture can cause restriction to fascia, and the goal of myofascial release is to release fascia restriction and restore its tissue.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the applying of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Trigger points are active centres of muscular hyperactivity, which often cross-over with acupuncture points. You will also find that your muscular “knots” are commonly trigger points.

Deep Transverse Frictions

Transverse friction is a transverse connective tissue therapy applied directly by the fingers. Transverse frictions use an oscillating pressure applied across the direction of the tissue fibres. This technique is used mainly on tendon or ligament injuries to help break down thickened, pain-producing scar tissue. If these lesions are not reduced then they are likely to cause further irritation, and degenerate more quickly than they should.

Compression Massage

Rhythmic compression into muscles used to create a deep hyperaemia and softening effect in the tissues. It is generally used as a warm-up for deeper, more specific massage work. Sports massage utilises compression massage.

Cross-Fibre Massage

Cross-fibre friction techniques applied in a general manner to create a stretching and broadening effect in large muscle groups; or on site-specific muscle and connective tissue, deep transverse friction applied to reduce adhesions and to help create strong, flexible repair during the healing process.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage techniques includes long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration, effleurage, and shaking motions.

The usual sequence of techniques is: 

Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips 
Petrissage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingers   
Friction: Circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingers 
Vibration: Oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body 
Percussion: Brisk hacking or tapping 
Passive and active movements: Bending and stretching

PNF Stretches (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation)

PNF techniques combine passive stretching and isometrics with your muscle alternatingly stretched passively and contracted. The technique targets nerve receptors in the muscles to extend the muscle length.

First, the relaxed muscle is stretched by a partner, ones own body weight against the floor, a wall, or similar resistance.

At the point, where no further stretching seems possible, the stretch is held for up to 30 seconds. However, during this period, the muscle should be contracted as much as possible.

Finally, when the muscle gets relaxed again, it should be immediately stretched farther, which is then easily possible again.

This technique of alternating stretching and contracting can be repeated several times, in order to stretch a bit further each time.

Other Resources:

Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage Therapy in Santa Barbara, Goleta
Cross Fiber / Deep Transverse Friction Massage, Therapeutic Swedish Massage, Sports Massage Therapy in Santa Barbara, Goleta

*Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider.
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