WHAT WE DO
SPORTS & REMEDIAL MASSAGE
Sports and Remedial Massage therapy is a specialised, deep tissue massage that comprises the use of advanced massage techniques to treat a range of muscular and soft tissue problems, as well as injuries. These conditions may have been caused by occupational issues, overuse, sports activities, poor posture or even through everyday stress.
Problem areas are identified, and a customised treatment plan is provided with the aim of maximising function and restoring the body to a pain free balanced state.
This type of massage can help with recovery from injury, but also to reduce the risk of injury in the first place and should therefore be an integral part of any fitness program.
Sports and Remedial massage combine traditional massage techniques which have been around for thousands of years and techniques, that include, soft tissue release (STR), muscle energy technique (MET), neuromuscular techniques (NMT), friction, myofascial release. These techniques are used effectively to help mobilise joints, reduce pain and break down scar tissue and adhesions in the muscles and soft tissue, as well as stretching and realigning specific areas. Muscles can be lengthened, and areas of tightness relaxed, helping to speed up recovery times and ultimately improve muscle performance and efficiency. Finally, remedial exercise is beneficial in helping to treat and prevent injury.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage that’s directed at the deeper tissue layers of muscles, tendons and fascia that are found in the protective layer surrounding the muscles, bones and joints. The deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. This type of massage not only helps with alleviating pain, but it can also promote muscle movement and can also help in lengthening muscles where required.
Deep tissue massage is beneficial in the treatment of muscle and tendon injuries, chronic aches and pains, especially in the back, and things like stiff necks, shoulders, muscle inflammation, repetitive strain injuries and general muscle tightness.
Techniques that combine stretching and corrective exercises that are used to restore the performance of muscles and efficiency and improve overall posture.
Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
MET is a manipulative treatment which uses the principles of post-isometric relaxation and reciprocal inhibition. This advanced stretch technique uses the gentle muscle contractions of the patient to relax and lengthen tight muscles and increase the range of movement of the muscle and normalise the joint motion. MET requires the patient’s participation as well as the therapist.
Soft Tissue Release (STR)
STR is an advanced massage technique to help restore soft tissue back to its optimal length or to remove adhesions from soft tissue by stretching of the soft tissue, fascia, muscle fibres, tendons and ligaments. STR involves the manipulation of soft tissue through specific application of pressure, combined with mobilisation of the associated joint. This type of massage can frequently help with a quicker healing process after an injury.
Myofascial Release Technique
Myofascial release technique is a manipulative treatment that attempts to release tension in the fascia due to trauma, posture, or inflammation by applying gentle sustained pressure. This includes things like whiplash. Points of restriction on the fascia can place a great deal of pressure on nerves and muscles causing chronic pain.
Myofascial release techniques are also useful for improving recovery from a surgical scar, as they aid in breaking down the scar tissue. Myofascial massage helps to realign tissue to be more consistent with the surrounding ‘good’ tissue, as well as lengthening the tissue fibres – this allows a greater range of movement, whilst also releasing tension around the scar.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy is a neuromuscular technique that addresses specific trigger points (muscle knots) which are small areas of painful or tender tissue within stretched bands of muscle fibres or in the muscle fascia, which have the ability not only to cause localised pain on compression but also to cause referred pain in other areas of the body.
Trigger point therapy involves the application of pressure on specific myofascial points within the body, typically resulting in the reduction of pain, restore normal function to the affected tissues and serving to balance the central nervous system.
Trigger points can be caused by muscle trauma, over-training, poor posture, stress and anxiety.
Positional Release Technique (PRT)
PRT is the positioning of an area to bring about a physiological response which helps ease, and in some cases resolve, musculoskeletal dysfunction.
Positional release uses a distinctly different approach in treating areas of short, tight and contracted muscles, and takes the force off the tissues instead to achieve a release.
Fundamentally, we are placing a distressed area in its most comfortable, easy and pain free position.
We aim to come up with a rehabilitation program that suits you as the client with suitable exercises and the use of therabands and other equipment to help aid in a quick recovery to get you back to optimal fitness.
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