Techniques used will include:
Myofascial Release is an effective hands-on therapy that has been successfully utilised for many decades in the treatment of both difficult and recurring injuries. It is perhaps one of the most progressive techniques used in tissue manipulation and can achieve significant changes in both ease of movement and in postural alignment simply by breaking down scar tissue, relaxing the muscle and myofascia and restoring good posture.
Positional Release (Strain counter-strain) is a technique that uses a non-invasive approach which resets the resting muscle tension allowing muscle spasms to be resolved, blood flow to be rebalanced and pain to be reduced. It is a safe technique for people who have conditions that do not allow them to have “deep tissue” massage, such as pregnant mothers, people on blood thinners, etc.
Soft Tissue Release (STR) is a massage technique that is widely used in assessing and stretching soft tissues; muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments. It is an effective treatment for tendonitis in a muscle as it helps releases the pressure off its point of origin. It is also a proven technique in the treatment of conditions such as Golfers and Tennis Elbow and Policeman’s heel as it encourages tissue repair in these ailments.
Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) can help to release and relax muscles, they also stimulate the healing mechanisms of the body. They differ from other techniques in their application, as the initial effort is provided by the client/patient while the practitioner assists the progress of the process. The techniques are mainly used to normalise the range of the joint, rather than increase flexibility, they can be used on any joints that display a restricted range of motion.
Active Isolated Stretching uses the law’s of your own body to facilitate results, the stretches are held for only a short amount of time (no more than 2 secs) and are completed in repetitions. The reasoning behind the short duration is to avoid triggering a protective mechanism called “myotatic stretch reflex”. This mechanism once triggered will begin to contract the muscle, this is not what is wanted in rehabilitation situations. The technique will enhance the available active range of movement which often leads to substantial flexibility gains.
Neuromuscular Technique (NMT) consists of alternating levels of applied pressure which are concentrated on the areas of muscle spasm. Application of the pressure is usually applied with thumbs, elbows or knuckles into trigger points on the body. The technique used will ultimately lead to the relaxation of painful areas within the muscles.
Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling) similar to other forms of acupuncture however there is an up to date evidence base to support these techniques
Ice Treatment may be incorporated into treatment if deemed appropriate. Specific icing and contrast bathing instructions will be given on their use.
Regular treatment is recommended and can be extremely beneficial for many conditions. However frequency of maintenance style treatments can be up to the individual and should be manageable both physically and financially. You will not be forced into long expensive treatment plans if this is not right for you and one-off treatments are welcomed for those passing through etc… You will not be asked to pay for a course of treatment up-front but this is accepted if it is your preference.