What can Massage Therapy do for you?
Our massage therapists focus primarily on techniques which have been proved to aid in your body’s healing.
There are many massage techniques which can be used to promote healing in a variety of conditions; from sports injuries to muscle pain and so much more.
If you have been having difficulties finding the help you need to resolve pain or other medical issues, then please do not hesitate to connect with our specialists.
We give you the guidance and assistance that you need. We will make sure to map out a solution to your pain.
If you are experiencing chronic muscle pain as result of playing sports, then a deep tissue massage releases severe muscle tension by focusing on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and connective muscle tissue (Fascia) in the affected area. This deep type of massage releases the body’s natural supply of serotonin and oxytocin which help to control stress and hormone levels, relieving pain and helping you get back in the game.
The Myofascial technique can be applied across parts of the body which contain soft tissue such as the shoulder, hip or legs and restore function and flexibility to contracted or shortened muscles thus improving blood flow. It primarily focuses on trigger points around the area causing pain and allows the muscles to start to return to their normal, more flexible and less painful state, increasing movement and balance at source.
Using rhythmic massage strokes and applying gentle pressure the Lymphatic massage encourages the natural process of draining toxic waste build up away from affected areas. This assists in detoxifying the body by removing excess proteins and reducing uncomfortable swelling in the regions that can include the arms and legs. Thus, allowing the natural healing process to begin to take place, as before treatment the body may have resisted the healing function to try to reduce pain levels.
Sufferers of carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatic nerve pain and many other conditions originating within the soft tissue areas of the body will benefit from the active release technique. Scar tissue can cause mobility issues by causing stiffness in joints and muscles. This technique starts to break up painful and binding scar tissue which can severely reduce flexibility. The compromised area is manipulated and isolated to allow normal blood flow to return the damaged area encouraging regeneration and healing.
It can be difficult to move muscles that are a constant source of pain, so having a professional work with you to apply a little extra pressure will boost the movement around the damaged muscle and muscle tissue. The prime benefit of this technique is the relief from muscle fatigue and the release of locked ligaments and joints to improve overall mobility and function.
Hot stone massage is a well-known relaxation technique to help reduce anxiety and stress, but it also has other benefits including assisting with sleep ailments and increasing the body’s production of the essential hormones that boost the immune system to provide a more overall sense of well-being.
The purpose behind cupping techniques is the extraction of toxic substances from the body to cleanse the system as a form of detoxification creating a healthier more refreshed and energized physical sensation.
Through movement and the application of strategic pressure Thai massage is a more vigorous type of therapy as it involves the stroking, compression, and kneading of the muscles and the manipulation of joints. The pressure is applied using a much more physical approach often using the knees and feet to achieve positions comparable to those found in Yoga. Thai massage focuses on creating balance within both the body and mind.
Deep tissue massage reaches further into the muscles and down to the connective tissue layer that supports and binds muscle tissue and other organs together by applying pressure with the hands, arms, and the body weight of the physiotherapist. It’s highly effective in treating chronic aches and pains in areas such as the neck and upper back and provides a welcome alleviation of pain in the afflicted area.
Trigger points are small tight areas within the muscles that cause pain in another area of the body away from the actual site of injury or damage. An example would be shoulder pain caused by a trigger point in the mid-range of the back. By working on the trigger points in cycles of pressure and release the compensating muscles will start to release and ease the pain in the area initially displaying the requirement for attention.
Shiatsu is a non-invasive therapy which has wide benefits when treating pain associated with headaches and migraines. Massage strokes including effleurage and kneading are applied using the fingers throughout the treatment. The focus is to apply the treatment to the body’s pressure or acupuncture points to manage stress and remove any unwanted blockages along the 12 meridian points. The meridian points are divided into Yin and Yang throughout the body and this type of applied therapy restores energy and balance alongside an increase in overall movement.
Sports massage reflexology is a combined, gentler approach to the easing of pain which is usually associated with strenuous sporting activity that is known to take its toll on the joints and muscles. The physical massage aspect of the therapy takes care of the immediate physical pain while reflexology concentrates on complete mental health and can provide much-needed relief from headaches, depression, insomnia, and many other exhausting emotional conditions.
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There are a wide variety of reasons that neck pain can become a daily challenge. Dealing with restricted movement such as not being able to turn your head fully or turning it too quickly and triggering an intense pain reaction can quickly become both physically and emotionally draining. Deep tissue massage or trigger point massage physiotherapy techniques are likely to provide the most effective pain relief along with some gentle stretching techniques as part of a rehabilitation program.
There are several forms of headaches which can affect daily life, such as tension and cluster headaches but there are also a range of secondary headaches. The secondary form of headaches can be induced by an injury or an underlying complaint. It’s not just the pain that sufferers experience but also the difficulty of not being able to think clearly which very often leads to frustration, tiredness and increased stress levels. Shiatsu and the Myofascial Release Technique can help to significantly improve flexibility in the neck and shoulders and any associated emotional conditions bought on by trauma.
Spasms of the skeletal muscles are common and can occur frequently and stop you in your tracks. Spasms are often a consequence of overuse or dehydration in the muscles or muscle tissue. The spasms happen abruptly and cause intense pain for short periods of time. Relief can be found by gently stretching the muscles with Active Assisted Stretching physiotherapy to increase blood flow and remove harmful waste toxins that may have built up in and around the area experiencing the frequent spasms.
Numbness – or tingling in arms or feet
The condition medically termed Paresthesia (numbness in the arms or feet) can be quite frightening as this type of distress is often associated with more serious conditions including heart attacks and strokes, but they can prove to be the simple result of diabetes or other more common conditions.
The tingling sensation is uncomfortable and painful, and release from these symptoms can be found in the Active Release Technique, Lymphatic Massage therapies and similarly Deep Tissue Massage depending on how the condition presents itself.
Tennis Elbow (epicondylitis)
The condition medically named Lateral Epicondylitis is a musculoskeletal condition and is typically the result of strenuous overuse of the tendons and muscles in the forearm, in proximity to the elbow joint. Pain is often experienced when lifting or bending your arm and when gripping smaller objects like a pen. Deep Tissue Massage and manipulation of the affected area can relieve pain and stiffness as well as improving the range and reach of movement in the arms and wrists.
Upper, Mid, & Low Back Pain
Our daily lives often see us working in positions that are not considered ergonomic and poor posture or a herniated disc can be the result of added pressure on the spine and spinal nerves. General overuse or muscle strain and injury are also common complaints when it comes to the back. Low impact strength and core building exercise regimes along with Active Assisted Muscle stretching and Hot Stone Techniques release the tightened muscles and increase blood flow so that the muscles and ligaments relax and aid with pain relief.
Foot and Ankle Injuries
Foot and ankle injuries are one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries and are prone to reoccur because we often try to walk before the injury has fully healed. Sprains can occur in both the low and high ankle which involve the ligaments and the bones. Bone fractures, muscles tears and muscle rupture or stressed tendons are also common injuries when an ankle is sprained. Extended periods of elevation are not compatible with everyday life, so we need to look at the most practical physiotherapy treatments to find pain relief. Active Assisted Stretching supports the distressed area in the foot or ankle to provide this, and Scar Tissue can also be worked on to heal the injury.
Upper Extremity Injuries
Sprained wrists or ligament injury are mainly associated with falling awkwardly, but this form of chronic pain can also be associated with a previous surgery or an untreated ailment. Simple daily tasks can become extremely hard to perform, and physiotherapy aids rehabilitation by rebuilding and stretching the muscles and muscle tissue that the support the area of injury.
The long-term effects of sleep disorders can have serious consequences on general health and well-being of both the body and mind. Without a period of rest and relaxation, the body struggles with its natural maintenance, and this impacts the immune system. Overall physical fatigue can make it difficult to achieve everyday tasks. Combination therapies such as Reflexology and Shiatsu are able to reduce stress levels and work as part of any sleep management program to restore balance and peace.
Cervical Strain, Whiplash
Both of these conditions are triggered by force trauma to the neck causing damage to the tendons or nerves and discs. Car accidents and contact sport are the most common way to end up with this type of physical complaint. Physiotherapy is a key area of treatment with this type of injury and aids to regain the control of movement and flexibility at the site of pain.
Running and physical sports such as rugby and football can lead to re-occurring leg pain or injuries to joints, bones, ligaments, tendons and soft muscle tissue. There are also other types of leg pain that can be traced to problems in the lower spinal area. Leg pain can also be caused by poor circulation and can lead to blood clots and varicose veins. Physiotherapy and gentle exercise provide relief by working with the damaged area and increasing blood flow to any restricted areas.
The shoulder area covers a much larger area of the body than people realize until they have experienced the pain of a Frozen Shoulder. Frozen Shoulder is also known as adhesive capsulitis and can make turning in any direction or moving from side to side unbearable and stop you from functioning in a normal physical manner. There are two forms of this condition primary (idiopathic) and secondary. Primary causes are synovitis or inflammation of the joint and the swelling is caused by synovial fluid collection on and around the joint. Secondary frozen shoulder is associated with trauma, rotator cuff disease, and impingement. Relief can be found with deep tissue massage and active pressure applications to the rotator cuff and joint area making movement more bearable and easing the constant pain.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
This type of affliction is becoming much more commonplace with the increased use of technology and keyboards for extended periods of time. It’s also commonly found in athletes that play tennis and other repetitive movement-based sports such as golf. The condition occurs when one of the major nerves from the arm to the hand becomes compressed as it passes through the wrist. This type of constant pain can become wearing, but Deep Tissue Massage can help to reduce numbness and increase required movement in the hands and fingers.