Techniques that all our practitioners use include:
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It includes basic massage techniques such as friction, effleurage, petrissage and rhythmic percussive techniques. Deep tissue massage uses slower strokes and more intense pressure than Swedish massage and usually focuses on treating the specific muscles that are causing your symptoms.
Myofascial Release is a highly specialized stretching technique used by therapists to treat patients with a variety of soft tissue problems. ‘Myo’ simply means muscle but ‘fascia’ is a thin tissue that covers all the muscles and organs of the body. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are defined as hypersensitive spots found in taut bands of skeletal muscle fibres or in the muscle fascia that are painful on compression. Causes of a myofascial trigger point include poor posture, poor biomechanics, acute physical trauma, over-training, inadequate rest.
Deep Transverse Friction Massage
The purpose of deep friction massage on a ligament, tendon or muscle is to maintain or improve the mobility of the tissue and prevent further scar tissue from forming. The technique is applied transversely across the fibres of the specific tissue. The frequency and duration of the treatment technique varies with the severity and type of injury.
Muscle Energy Techniques
Muscle energy technique (or MET) is based on the principle of reciprocal inhibition, a theory that explains that muscles on one side of a joint will always relax to accommodate the contraction of muscles on the other side of that joint when indirect pressure is applied. MET is often applied to patients who suffer from muscle spasms.