To quote a client - " I have suffered pain for 3 years, I have tried so many other treatments with minimal success, then someone asked if I had tried a massage. I thought what is a massage going to do? I simply can't believe how much better I feel, I can't get over it! - C.Q. - August 2015
Main Treatments Include:
Clinical Remedial Massage
Sports Massage, Injury Management, Rehabilitation Treatment and Advice
Myofascial Pain Therapy - Dry Needling & Myofascial Release
Clinical Remedial Massage
A very underated therapy! - As the name suggest Remedial massage is a more clinical treatment aiming at correcting or improving an uncomfortable or painful condition, it is not an Aromatherapy, spa or beauty type of massage. The aim is to release muscle spasm, normalise the condition of muscles, reduce and remove pain, improve the function of tissues and joints and help to return the tissues to a more natural normal functional state. Remedial massage can successfully treat many common painful muscular and joint related conditions. There are many forms of soft tissue techniques, various joint specific techniques and several approaches to help improve a patients ease and range of movement. Sometimes the techniques may involve placing the joints in a certain position to ease the tension in the tissues and at other times there may be the need to apply a brief period of painful pressure. Some muscle conditions respond well to the application of acupuncture needles. If you are currently engaged in a heavy sporting training schedule then regular treatments can speed your recovery and help to keep your training on track. Does your occupation mean that you regularly suffer from pain and discomfort in your neck, shoulders and upper back? Does either your lower back, hips or legs ache from doing a lot of lifting and bending? Has that recent task in the garden or D.I.Y. project put your body into a painful spasm that doesn't seem to getting right by itself? Massage can be both a therapeutic or preventative treatment, and indeed many people have regular maintenance treatments to help prevent a more serious painful episode. Whether you are suffering from a back, neck, shoulder or hip related condition, headache or migraine or an unremitting ache in the soft tissues of the body, a course of massage therapy treatments could all that is required to help you return to normality. Don't underestimate the potential of Remedial massage - Why live with pain?
If a synovial joint is not moving as nature intended then it may cause pain, discomfort, stiffness and restrictions which over time can cause changes to patterns of movement. A muscle spasm is often be caused by a joint that is not moving efficiently and correctly. There are specific techniques that can help a joint to return to efficient movement which in turn can alleviate pain and discomfort.
A great way to utilise the benefits of manual therapy. Monthly treatments are an excellent way to keep on top of your conditions or a ideal method of keeping your joints and tissues in their optimum condition to help prevent a breakdown occurring. If you are training hard in your sport or have a physical job then your tissues are being subjected to many stresses and a thorough massage and passive stretching session could significantly help to keep you training and working at your peak performance. I have several clients who swear by the effectiveness of regular treatments and they genuinely believe that by incorporating such treatments into their training and recovery plan they have managed to keep any injuries to a minimum.
Sports Massage, Injury Management & Rehabilitation
Sports therapy involves the management of an injury to help achieve the best possible tissue repair in the shortest possible time. Sports therapy combines exercise and therapeutic techniques with the natural healing processes of the body to produce an optimum tissue repair. The ultimate aim of sports therapy is to return the person to a level of sport or occupation specific fitness to be able to successfully compete or work in their relevant field. When an injury occurs tissue is torn and damaged, the area will bleed and this triggers a vast number of responses which apart from helping to stop the bleeding also initiate the healing process. if you manage the injury correctly then the body will go through all of the stages of tissue repair to ultimately resolve to an optimum repair. If you mismanage the injury or return to competition or work too soon then you will potentially keep breaking down or end up with a poor repair which may continue to hinder your sporting aspirations or make you less effective at work.
Dry Needling is the use of Acupuncture needles to deactivate trigger points in muscles or other connective tissue. Trigger points can cause intense pain or dull aching symptoms and also reduce your normal range of movement and make a muscle feel restricted. Trigger point pain can fluctuate in intensity and location. Trigger points can be treated by manual techniques, but there is research to suggest that dry needling is the best way to deactivate Trigger points and ease symptoms. Trigger points need to be considered in any painful soft tissue condition in which the source of the pain is difficult to pinpoint.
There has been quite an upsurge in both interest and research in this field of physical therapy in the last 10 years. There has been 4 international research congresses into fascia since 2007, each with the focus of sharing and promoting the latest and best scientific research on human fascia in all its forms and functions. Fascia permeates most area of the body and is the scaffolding for most systems of the body. Myofascia works with and influences the muscular, skeletal and neural systems of the body and as such any dysfunction in the myofascia system can be the cause of many a painful episode be it short or long term. One of notions of myofascial release is that that the source of the problem could be distant to the painful area. For example a painful shoulder could be influenced by the hip or forearm. Specific techniques are used to influence and treat such painful conditions and appropriate treatment combined with possible changes to your posture or daily movement patterns can have long lasting successful outcomes. Myofascial therapy is often successfully combined with Dry Needling.
Other Treatment Options:
Japanese Through Clothes Therapy
Indian Head Massage
Japanese Through Clothes Therapy
Massage therapy can be effectively applied through one layer of clothing. This approach is based on a Japanese system of massage and mobilisation of soft tissues and joints to reduce discomfort and improve the ease and range of movement in stiff joints. This therapy is not suitable for use on tissue trauma but is an excellent treatment for when a particular movement pattern causes pain or discomfort, or as a whole body maintenance treatment.
This can be a gentle or robust treatment - originally devised to treat professional baseball players in U.S.A. where playing and training time restraints meant it wasn't possible to remove layers of clothing to assess and treat. This then evolved to treat people from all walks of life who may prefer to be treated in a more covered scenario.
Indian Head Massage
A wonderful therapy to help to relax and de-stress the whole body. Less of a clinical therapy but a powerful and effective treatment protocol nonetheless. A series of treatments can have a pronounced effect on levels of concentration, clarity of thought, relief of mental tiredness, stress and depression and give a great increase in your overall feeling of wellbeing.
What to Expect
The first appointment will mainly consist of a consultation although some therapy will normally be carried out. A thorough consultation is important to try to determine what may be the factors behind your painful condition, or in the case of a sporting injury, to fully understand the mechanism of the injury. Dependent upon your condition you may be asked to perform or be taken through certain movements. This along with completion of a questionnaire, observation, and palpation will form the core of the consultation. An agreement will then be made regarding the best course of treatment for your condition / injury. At the commencement of each subsequent treatment a shorter examination will be combined with patient feedback to determine the appropriate therapy for each session. You may be given some home therapy to supplement your treatment sessions. If you are unsure about the suitability of massage then please enquire about a taster treatment.