Treatments

Here you can find out more about the treatments which I offer, these include Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Hydrotherm Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Kenisiology Taping. If you have any further questions or would like more information about any of the therapies, then please feel free to contact me.

SPORTS MASSAGE

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Sports massage was designed to assist athletes with their demanding exercise regime. It helps improve their sporting performance, reduces the risk of injury and aids recovery. However, it is proven to be an effective therapy for those who don’t engage in sport and simply have physically demanding lives.

Its primary purpose is to break down tension held in the soft tissue which is interfering with the function of the muscle. The tension can cause pain or weakness and restrict range of motion.

It involves manipulating the soft tissue with hands-on techniques in order to correct any imbalances that are caused by overuse or trauma to the skeletal muscle. 

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Pre-event: a vigorous massage that stimulates the muscles by increasing circulation and oxygenation. This prepares the body for intense exertion and mentally prepares the athlete for the event. Typically given 15-60 minutes before a sporting event.

Post-event: assists cool down by removing waste products, such as lactic acid from the muscle tissue, encouraging it to normalise and relax. This reduces the effects of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and promotes healing. It’s typically given within an hour or two after the sporting event but can be beneficial up to 24 hours post event.

Maintenance: aims to prevent injury or return the muscles to health after injury.

 

When should sports massage be avoided?

Sports massage is good for anyone with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. However, a person should avoid sports massage if they are suffering a fever or infection, has been diagnosed with serious illnesses such as cancer, haemophilia or diabetes for example.

TRIGGER POINT THERAPY

 

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What is a trigger point? 

Trigger points form when a cluster of sarcomeres, which make up the muscle fibres, get stuck in a constant state of contracture. The strand of muscle tissue can become tight and taught like a guitar string thats been wound too tight causing pain, aching or a pulling sensation.

 

Why try trigger point therapy

Do you get persistent pain in parts of your body that you can’t explain? Restless nights because of pain in your shoulders, back, knees or hips? Suffered an injury and still getting pain months even years later? If the answer is yes to any of these then the chances are that you have trigger points in your muscles.

The pain you feel from trigger points can present in many ways; a dull ache, a sharp twinge, “like being stabbed with a hot needle” is one of the most accurate descriptions I can relate to. It’s said that trigger points play a part in 75 percent of unexplained puzzling pain symptoms. Yet these troublesome little trigger points go unrecognised for the majority of the time and often get mislabelled as conditions such as, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, runners knee, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, bursitis, tendinitis, tendinosis, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and even fibromyalgia.

Trigger point therapy is a very powerful pain management treatment for the most common of problems that ruin your enjoyment of sports and can hinder your everyday life. By treating the fascia and the deeper myofascia directly, tension is eased and the pain is reduced.

HYDROTHERM MASSAGE

 

MG 8370 300x163 - TreatmentsHydrotherm, is a massage system where you lay on heated water-filled cushions which are placed on top of the massage table. These special pads provide complete support and perfect spinal alignment for the client, enabling them to fully relax. The heated pads help to warm the muscles making this alone beneficial in easing aches and pains in the body.

The therapist then carries out the entire massage while the client can relax in comfort on their back, face up. The therapist will slide their hands between you and the pads to massage your entire body.

Hydrotherm is perfect for people who, for whatever reason, find it difficult to turn over during a massage or lay face down. It makes it a perfect massage during pregnancy helping to relieve stress, ease joint and muscle pain and encourage better sleep.

The water in the pads is sealed within them so just incase you were wondering, no – you wont get wet.

Hydrotherm massage is highly soothing and deeply therapeutic. If you are wanting to indulge in complete relaxation then hydrotherm maybe just what you are looking for.

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Experience the perfect anti-natal massage with hydrotherm. No laying on your side on a hard bed or sitting in a chair with your face in a hole. Lay back and let yourself be fully supported by the water filled cushions whilst your tension melts away. Your entire body will be massaged, reducing those unwanted pregnancy symptoms such as:

Fluid retention, non-pitted oedema, carpel tunnel syndrome, pelvic and joint pain, tired aching backs, legs and shoulders due to postural changes.

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE 

 

MG 8315 300x201 - TreatmentsDeep tissue massage uses slow, firm strokes to penetrate into the deeper layers of soft tissue within the muscles relieving stress and chronic tension. The techniques used in deep tissue massage can be incorporated into other treatments such as sports massage and trigger point therapy.

Massaging the deep layers of tissue helps improve circulation and the transportation of oxygen around the body, toxins are flushed out leaving muscles refreshed improving their performance.

KENISIOLOGY TAPING

 

unnamed 238x300 - Treatmentskinesiology tape provides support without restriction which can assist several means. The most valuable being when the body is recovering from an injury. What makes this tape different to more conventional sports taping is its unique flexible nature, which allows the body to move through its full range of motion during recovery, while still offering support to the areas that need it most.

The kinesiology tape assists the soft tissue that is injured. This provides pain relief and acts as an adhesive crutch, which reduces pressure on the muscle, speeding up recovery.

On acute injuries, kinesiology tape can also help reduce the effects of swelling. Due to its elasticity, the tape lifts the skin creating more space within the soft tissue for drainage of fluid around the injury, therefore assisting the recovery process.

kinesiology tape can also be beneficial for the everyday sports person by reinforcing muscle strength and stability to the able bodied athlete, enhancing their performance. In the same way it can also help those with low muscle tone to correct posture and gait cycles.

It is also considered that exercise byproducts, such as lactic acid, can be removed away from the soft tissue post workout reducing the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness.