Treatments We Offer

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

Trigger Point Therapy and Neuromuscular Technique (NMT)

Muscle tension is controlled by the nervous system. For this reason, the nervous system must be addressed when trying to reduce pain and ease stiffness. Trauma, bad posture or emotional stresses tend to increase muscle tension, which leads to a detrimental cycle described as ‘the reflex effect’ (Mel Cash, 1996). An individual with muscle pain or injury, tends to hold the muscle in a shortened position so as to reduce the pain felt when it is at its normal length. Over time, the nervous system begins to read this body position as ‘normal’, meaning the shortened position becomes part of the individual’s posture, often leading to more pain, and so the vicious circle continues. NMT intervenes with this cycle, to re-educate the nervous system and restore normal function by encouraging the individual to relax when pressure is applied to sensitive tissue, thus suppressing the reflex contraction.

Trigger Point Therapy is a form of NMT, which is used to treat specific areas of tension in muscle tissue. It is especially effective at targeting chronic pain. Firm pressure is applied to the tense tissue using the thumbs, fingers or even the elbow. The pressure can be held for up to 90 seconds, but if you are less able to cope with pain, ischemic pressure can be used, where the area is targeted for a couple of seconds at a time. This encourages blood flow to the area, and still allows more sensitive individuals to benefit from Trigger Point Therapy. There are two types of trigger points: active and latent. Active trigger points cause muscular pain and are special because they will refer pain to other areas of the body in predictable patterns. Latent trigger points only exhibit pain when compressed, they do not refer pain to other areas of the body. Trigger Point Therapy can be quite a painful, but very effective technique which is worth the discomfort. It is a way of 'bullying' a tense painful muscle into submission.

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