Treatments We Offer

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We specialise in soft tissue (muscles/tendons/ligaments) injuries and rehabilitaion. Available treatments include:


Sports & Remedial Massage

Benefits of Sports Massage:

 
  • Restore normal function after injury
  • Enhance performance
  • Warm muscles
  • Increase circulation of oxygen rich blood and lymphatic fluid
  • Facilitate in removal of metabolic waste and enhance venous flow
  • Stretch muscles and connective tissue to increase permeability
  • Break up areas of fibrosis, scar tissue and adhesions
  • Pain reduction and relaxation

Sports and Remedial Massage has become incredibly popular over the past few years. It is a much deeper, more intricate form of the famous Swedish Massage, and has been developed specifically with sports people in mind, to restore function after injury and enhance normal function, to improve sporting performance. The key word is REMEDIAL - the techniques used in sports massage are corrective and preventative and will benefit anyone who has any kind of heightened muscle tension, whether through a sporting injury, or from sitting in-front of a computer everyday.

There is evidence of massage being used by the Greeks and Romans as part of training for the original Olympic athletes. Asian cultures were the first to include massage into training for the martial arts and dance. Dance is a special art form, requiring a unique mix of strength, flexibility, power, technique, and artistic talent. Sports massage is extremely beneficial in maintaining the body so that it can perform all of these actions effectively.

Most forms of massage will commence with ‘effleurage’. This literarily means ‘to stroke’ and allows the therapist to gain initial insight into areas of muscle tension that may require further attention. ‘Petrissage’ means ‘to knead’ and is incorporated into the massage routine to work at a deeper level in the muscle tissue. Effleurage serves to acclimatise the client to touch, generally warm the muscles and increase the circulation of both blood and lymph through the respective systems. Petrissage takes the warm, pliable muscle tissue and stretches it both longitudinally and transversely by wringing and lifting, which has a toning effect. Theses actions help to warm the muscle further and begin to break up light adhesions, improving muscle permeability and function. The pumping action of these techniques combined with the long strokes of effleurage, facilitate in removal of metabolic waste and the circulation of oxygen, by way of fresh blood rushing to the tissues. All of these benefits result in pain reduction and feelings of relaxation, leaving the client rejuvenated, with the blood flowing through previously ischemic muscles. This in turn, increases the sense of wellbeing.

‘Friction’ is a deep technique that is designed to target scar tissue and adhesions. The localised pressure breaks up any fibrous areas of tissue into smaller parts, which allows the blood to flow more freely through the muscle, facilitating the healing process and restoring normal function. So long as the tissue is stretched afterwards, friction is an effective way of realigning muscle fibers after for example, a chronic injury. When used on ligaments and tendons, friction can be helpful in stimulating circulation in the area, so as to aid healing and regeneration in this tissue, which does not normally have a very good blood supply. In these cases, friction can also serve to encourage the body to lay down fascia, as an extra protective layer for damaged ligaments, which do not always heal well when left untreated.









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