Deep Tissue massage uses a broad spectrum of techniques and approaches to treat soft-tissue dysfunction, pain and injuries. It integrates diverse techniques such as trigger point therapy, deep transverse friction, myofasical approaches and muscle energy technique. The application of massage therapy on a regular basis with a treatment plan and long-term goals helps relieve aches and pains.
Trigger Point Release
Trigger points are discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle. They produce pain locally and in a referred pattern and often accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Acute trauma or repetitive microtrauma may lead to the development of stress on muscle fibers and the formation of trigger points. Patients may have regional, persistent pain resulting in a decreased range of motion in the affected muscles. These include muscles used to maintain body posture, such as those in the neck, shoulders, and pelvic girdle. Trigger points may also manifest as tension headache, tinnitus, temporomandibular joint pain, decreased range of motion in the legs, and low back pain. Palpation of a hypersensitive bundle or nodule of muscle fiber of harder than normal consistency is the physical finding typically associated with a trigger point. Palpation of the trigger point will elicit pain directly over the affected area and/or cause referred pain to another body area.
Trigger Point Therapy applies pressure to specific points, areas of a muscle that refers pain sensations to other parts of the body, leading to immediate release of tension and improved muscular functioning.
Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one structure that exists from head to foot without interruption. The fascia can exert excessive pressure producing pain or restriction of motion. They affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and strain.
Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on technique that provides sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
Muscle Energy Techniques
Muscle energy technique is a variety of techniques that involve restricted or resistive movement to stretch muscles. These movements require the client to resist the therapist’s movements of the joints. The practitioner stretches the muscles out until the resistance is felt and before pain and discomfit are felt.
Once at that point, the patient should be asked to push gently against the practitioner’s hold for 5 – 10 seconds and then released. The practitioner will now find further stretching can be achieved without resistance therefore increasing movement.
- Maintain the body generally in better condition
- Restore mobility to injured muscle tissue
- Boost performance
- Reduce the chance of injury
- Improve range of motion and muscle flexibility
- Shorten recovery time between workouts
- Maximize the supply of nutrients and oxygen through increase blood flow
- Reduce muscle tension and tightness
- Reduce pain and discomfort
Range of Treatments
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfer Elbow
- Back & Neck Pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- Hip & Knee Pain
- Leg Pain
- Headache / Migraine
- Muscle Aches & Pain
- Joint Stiffness & Pain
- Stress Related Problems