Irrespective of occupation, lifestyle, age or level of fitness; whether you sit behind a computer all day or participate in competitive sports, everyone needs healthy muscles to undertake their particular type of activity effectively or to simply maintain correct posture.

Clinical Sport and Remedial Massage should play an important part in the life of everyone whether or not they are injured, in order to offset the likelihood of injury, relieve pain and to improve overall performance.


TECHNIQUES

 

Sport & Remedial massage combines traditional Thai & Swiss massage techniques with some of those used by Osteopaths, Chiropractors & Physiotherapists which include:



Soft Tissue Release – STR is used to isolate specific areas of congested tissue whilst the muscle is stretched to prevent healthy tissue compensating for the restricted area



Muscle Energy Technique– METs are a variety of manipulative treatments in which a patient, under guidance, actively uses their muscles to resist against a counterforce applied by the Practitioner. These techniques are used to restore shortened muscles back to their normal length



Neuro Muscular Technique – NMT is primarily employed to identify and release trigger points which are muscle fibres that remain permanently contracted and frequently refer pain to other locations. NMT involves the application of concentrated ischemic compression to de-activate these fibres



Myofascial Release – MFR is a highly successful treatment used to access and treat restrictions in the fascia relying on the application of concentrated pressure which is combined with slow movement
Therapeutic Ultrasound -  Ultrasound is a method of stimulating the tissue beneath the skin's surface using very high frequency sound waves, between 800,000 Hz and 2,000,000 Hz, which cannot be heard by humans. 

  There are three primary benefits to ultrasound. The first is the speeding up of the healing process from the increase in blood flow in the treated area. The second is the decrease in pain from the reduction of swelling and edema. The third is the gentle massage of muscle tendons and/ or ligaments in the treated area because no strain is added and any scar tissue is softened. 

Kinesiology Taping (RockTape)

Designed to mimic human skin, with roughly the same thickness and elastic properties, the tape can be stretched 30–40% in the longitudinal direction. It is a latex free material with acrylic adhesive, which is heat activated. The cotton fibers allow for evaporation and quicker drying leading to longer wear time, up to 5 days. How the tape is claimed to affect the body is dependent on its usage throughout the body and how it is applied: the direction of pull, the shape, and the location; all play a role in its hypothetical function.

There are several theoretical benefits claimed for the tape. One of those is correcting the alignment of weak muscles as well as facilitating joint motion as a result of the tape's recoiling qualities. Additionally, the tape is claimed to lift the skin, increasing the space below it, and increasing blood flow and circulation of lymphatic fluids (swelling). This increase in the interstitial space is said to lead to less pressure on the body's nociceptors, which detect pain, and to stimulate mechanoreceptors, to improve overall joint proprioception.



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