Massage skills that make up your comprehensive assessment and tailored treatment plan. We find that a combination of techniques always makes for a more effective remedial or sports massage.
MYOFASCIAL DRY NEEDLING
Dry needling is used to strengthen tendons and ligaments, stimulate Golgi receptors and muscle spindles, deactivate trigger points, treat over-active motor points, provide growth and blood factors to hemodynamically disturbed tissues (commonly seen in Myofascial pain syndromes) reset motor points and neural control and stimulate other reflex mechanisms.
Dry needling achieves pain relief by inactivating trigger points and thus eliminating nociceptive focus of the muscle, The dry needling causes localised haemorrhaging which promotes healing by stimulating collagen and protein formation
MUSCLE ENERGY TECHNIQUES
This is a collective name for a variety of techniques that stretch, strengthen or break down fibrous adhesions.
A muscle energy technique is one in which the patient's own effort and movement, rather than that of the remedial massage therapist, provides the primary force in treating the problem. These techniques are incorporated into both remedial and sports massage treatments and give great results when incorporated as part of an effective client stretch program.
Also known as Strain Counter Strain (SCS).
Originally developed by an osteopathic physician, Lawrence Jones, DO, FAAO, positional release technique (PRT) is a method for reducing chronic and/or acute muscle spasm anywhere in the body. The big advantage of this technique is its extreme gentleness to the patient. PRT is usually practised by qualified remedial massage therapists in conjunction to NMT to reduce client discomfort.
Our initial consultation focuses on a full client assessment which incorporates a comprehensive postural analysis and general muscular screening. This helps form a differential diagnosis.
With a comprehensive arsenal of orthopaedic tests up our sleeve the therapist will further isolate dysfunction with specific orthopaedic testing to provide a working diagnosis and focus the treatment plan to directly work on the cause of the pain. If your current remedial massage therapist does not provide this service how do you know they are providing an effective treatment?
Also know as connective tissue manipulation (CTM). The direct myofascial release method works through engaging the myofascial tissue restrictive barrier, the tissue is loaded with a constant force until tissue release occurs.
Knuckles & elbows slowly stretch the restricted fascia by applying a few kilograms-force or tens of newtons. Direct myofascial release seeks for changes in the myofascial structures by stretching, elongation of fascia, or mobilising adhesive tissues. The therapist moves slowly through the layers of the fascia until the deep tissues are reached.
Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is a form of soft tissue manual therapy. It is distinguished from other types of massage in that a quasi-static pressure is applied to the skin with the aim of stimulating specific areas of skeletal muscle. Often these areas of muscle are myofascial trigger points.
NMT is a comprehensive program of soft tissue manipulation techniques that balance the central nervous system (brain, spinal column and nerves) with the structure and form of the musculoskeletal system. NMT is based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system maintains homeostatic balance.
Mobilizations are used when range of motion or mobility is lacking. Furthermore, gentle oscillations within the available joint play range is a technique used to decrease pain.
Manipulations are quick movements that occur beyond the available joint play range. The purpose of manipulations, or joint thrusts, is to increase the available range if it is not full. Secondly, manipulations are done to break adhesions that disrupt joint movement.
Cupping is a therapy in which a jar is attached to the skin surface to cause local congestion through the removal of the air in the jar created by the introducing heat in the form of an ignited material. The history of cupping goes way back into antiquity and has been practised by many cultures over thousands of years.
“I was extremely impressed with the remedial massage treatment I received. Not only was I given a detailed and comprehensive assessment I had to undergo a number of special tests to identify my specific issues. Noel treated my shoulder pain with a variety of effective techniques, including active release and dry needling, and gave me home work to do before subsequent treatments, my pain is now completely gone.”
Jamie Oliver, Carpenter, treated by bodyforward (Dry needling, sports and remedial massage Brisbane)