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REMEDIAL AND SPORTS MASSAGE

There are many different types of massage used to help in different circumstances. Those listed below are ones I commonly incorporate into a remedial and sports massage treatment.

***Please note – at this stage, relaxation massages are not available.

Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types of massage, including these common types:

  • Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.  Also known as relaxation massage. Whilst I do not solely do this type of massage, some of the techniques are used in my remedial treatments.
  • Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
  • Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries. Includes stretching and flushing techniques and is great for either before or after sporting events.
  • Remedial Massage This massage is performed by a qualified therapist and focuses on areas of pain or limited range of motion. Many different techniques (stretching, trigger point therapy, myofascial release) are combined into the one treatment to reach a common goal.

Benefits of massage

Massage is generally considered part of complementary and integrative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.

Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.

DRY NEEDLING

Dry Needling is a treatment technique whereby a sterile, single-use, fine filament needle (acupuncture needle) is inserted into the muscle to assist with decreasing pain and improving function through the release of myofascial trigger points (knots in the muscle).

What is the Difference Between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

Dry Needling is a not the same as acupuncture, although there are similarities between the two techniques. The main difference between Dry Needling and acupuncture is the theory behind why the techniques work. Dry Needling is primarily focused on the reduction of pain and restoration of function through the release of myofascial trigger points in muscle. In comparison, acupuncture focuses on the treatment of medical conditions by restoring the flow of energy (Qi) through key points in the body (meridians) to restore balance.

How does Dry Needling Work?

Dry Needling assists with decreasing local muscular pain and improving function through the restoration of a muscle’s ability to lengthen and shorten normally by releasing myofascial trigger points.

When a fine filament needle is inserted into the center of a myofascial trigger point, blood pools around the needle triggering the contracted muscle fibers to relax by providing those fibers with fresh oxygen and nutrients, as well as by flushing away any additional acidic chemicals. This, in turn, leads to the decompression of the local blood and nerve supply.

CUPPING

Cupping has been used for thousands of years in differing ways dependent on the culture of the people.

Cups have been used for overall wellness throughout history with the original intention to remove or suction unwanted materials from the body, thus loosening tissue and fascia.

Each body has a different reaction to cupping, but there are basic mechanisms that occur when the cups are applied to the body.

Negative Pressure: once applied, the cups lift the tissue and begin to take effect.  The pulling action allows for the separation of fused or adhered tissue. This helps the body by promoting fluidity and drawing out any interstitial debris that may also be trapped in the tissue as a result of dehydration, chronic inflammation, repetitive motion injuries or any other causes.

Vasodilation: Is the action of widening blood vessels and is usually activated by the relaxation of smooth muscle tissue in any given area. The cups stimulate a local response within the underlying tissue, therefore increasing circulation and blood flow.

Enhanced Fluid Exchange: Cups act as a vacuum, drawing fluids into an area or encouraging them through their respective exchange process. These processes allow nutrient-rich fluids to feed cells while removing waste materials at the same time while also encouraging venous return and lymph fluid movement.

All of these mechanisms can result in marks left on the body, these are often a sign of interstitial debris such as old blood being released after the cups have been applied. These marks shouldn’t hurt.

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