Remedial Massage treatment.
Remedial massage is one of the most effective ways to prevent and treat muscle injuries, pain and soreness.
The soft tissues in our bodies respond to touch. Much of our pain originates in the soft tissue of our muscles, tendons and ligaments. These tissues move and stabilise our joints. Problems can cause headache, shoulder pain, abdominal and pelvic pain as well as the classic symptoms of back and neck pain.
The massage techniques are designed to treat both the deep and superficial tissues, improving the flow of blood and lymph to clear toxins and aid healing.
I use skilled manipulation techniques combined with a knowledge of the body’s anatomy and physiology to ease pain, correcting problems with the body’s muscles and soft tissues.
Other bodywork techniques used in the remedial massage treatment of injuries include:
Muscle Energy Techniques
Range of movement can be improved with muscle energy technique (MET). MET involves two simple methods that can be used separately or together in the same treatment. Post isometric relaxation requires the client to hold an isometric contraction followed by a period of rest. This allows the range of movement at the joint to increase, meaning the muscle lengthens. Alternatively, reciprocal inhibition involves a concentric contraction of the antagonist muscle to the one being stretched. The therapist holds this position for a short while before asking the client to increase the range. Using the antagonist muscle to do the work allows further relaxation of the muscle being stretched as this will be inhibited.
Overuse of a muscle can cause fibres to adhere together, forming areas of tension which affect its function. Along with other soft tissue techniques, neuromuscular technique (NMT) can help with the breakdown and separation of these bundled fibres. NMT involves a controlled pressure being applied on a ‘trigger point’ (area of tension) for up to 90 seconds. During this time, the muscle will relax. This happens due to the brain receiving feedback from the muscle fibres, a signal is sent back which allows that muscle to relax, providing the therapist is using a continuous firm pressure. Working on a neuromuscular level like this allows the pressure to be applied deep into the tissue and eliminate the specific point of tension within the muscle fibres.
Soft tissue release (STR)
Soft tissue release (STR) can be used to break down areas of scar tissue or fibrous adhesions. A strong lock is placed into the muscle fibres, which is then followed by active movements to help create a local stretch to encourage the adhesions to break up. This is a particularly useful technique to use when aiming to increase range of movement or working more specifically around a joint to help release any tension within the tendons.
Positional Release Technique
Positional Release Technique includes finding a trigger point within a muscle and placing a sustained pressure on the area. Passive movement of a limb to lengthen, or alternatively shorten, the muscle is then used to help find a position in which pain from the trigger point is reduced or completely vanished. This new position is then held for up to 90 seconds, using the same pressure, to help release the tension.
Trigger points can be found within tight or overused muscles and this can be the starting point to pain and discomfort in other areas of the body. This can be treated to prevent referred pain elsewhere. This technique is used by applying pressure to the trigger point itself breaking down the adhesion and relieving the pressure on the muscle which then leads to the relaxation of the referred area of pain.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.