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Pain Management

Pain Management with Massage Therapy

Pain may be described as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with potential tissue damage. It is also the body sending a message to you that something is wrong. Lower back ache, neck pain and headache are very common in 90% of the population. These are not diseases in themselves but are symptoms of a dysfunction in the associated structures.

Nowadays, it is not just the aged but also the young people who are complaining about pain. Even the healthiest of us experience pain once in a while. Pain may last from a few days to years, with prolonged unrelenting pain affecting our quality of life, making it hard for us to work, socialise or exercise. Some people treat pain with drugs (e.g. Panadol), which often results only in temporary relief but in long term may create additional problems more serious than the original pain.

Types of Pain

Pain may arise from many situations. Injury is one major cause, but pain may also manifest from illnesses, accompany a psychological condition such as depression, or may occur even without us noticing, such as postural defect or RSI (repetitive strain injury).

In some cases, symptoms associated with problems like arthritis, fibromyalgia and sciatica may not disappear immediately with drug treatment. Result may show steady improvement, but time is often required for muscles and joints to heal.

Approaching Pain with Massage

Consultation before treatment

With the initial consultation by our physician and therapist, we are able to pinpoint the areas of dysfunction. Our therapist is trained in physical therapy, having specific knowledge in anatomy and knowing exactly where to work.

Addresses source of pain

Sometimes, we may feel pain in locations distant from the source of the pain. These are called “referral patterns”. For example, clients often experience pain in the front shoulder that is actually coming from the infraspinatus muscle on the back. Our skilled therapists are able to discern the referred pain and work directly on the source of pain.

Penetrative and effective

Our therapist uses a varieties of strokes with the hands, knuckles and forearm, and works through the tight muscles by applying the right amount of pressure to the right area. With a good knowledge of the myoskeletal system, using slow strokes performed at superficial muscles and then slowly penetrating into the deeper muscle layer can quickly and easily loosened the muscles and fascia.


To book an appointment for Massage Therapy, please call 6386 5575 or use the online appointment request form and indicate “Waterway Point” as your preferred clinic.

Leona Chia

Leona Chia is a Certified Sports Massage Therapist and has been practising body therapy for more than 19 years. As a practitioner, she has found great joy and passion in helping clients deal with somatic symptom disorder.

The therapies she practises include, but are not limited to, myofascial sports massage, trigger point release, manual lymphatic drainage, abdomen massage for slimming and meridian massage, with a special interest in deep tissue myofascial bodywork.

She has obtained teaching qualification and has conducted massage courses at several institutes including Bodywork Training Institute (2002-2004), SPAcademy, 2003-2004 (Raffles Knowledge P.L.) and TCM & Healthcare College (2013-2018).

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