Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focusses on the deep layers and fascia of the body. It is helpful for chronic aches and pains, restricted movement, and tense and contracted muscles.
If you are suffering from a stiff neck, sore shoulders, tight legs or muscle ‘knots’, then deep tissue massage could be for you!
Deep tissue massage draws on conventional massage techniques, but the pressure is usually deeper, slower and more focussed than in a traditional relaxation massage.
It may be restricted to a certain area, such as the back, shoulders and neck, or could be used as part of a full body session.
Acupuncture has its origins in ancient Chinese Medicine and involves placing needles at certain points, mostly found along meridian lines. These lines represent organs of the body and mechanism of treatment is based on the concept of balancing the energy force within the body. It can be used for chronic pain as well as underlying systemic issues.
Dry needling is a safe and effective technique for the treatment of muscular pain and myofascial dysfunction. It is a newer technique and is effective to rid muscles of trigger points (tight painful knots) which are believed to cause dysfunction and pain
The objectives and philosophy behind the use of dry needling by physical therapists is not based on ancient theories or tenets of traditional Chinese medicine. The performance of modern dry needling by physical therapists is based on western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.
Both Dry Needling and Acupuncture do, however, use the same tool; a solid needle filament.
Does it hurt?
Generally, the insertion of the needle is not felt. The local “twitch response” may provoke a brief pain sensation that has been described as a tingling, aching or cramping sensation.
Who can benefit from Dry Needling?
A variety of musculoskeletal problems including, but not limited to: Acute/Chronic injuries, Headaches, Neck/Back pain, Tendinitis, Muscle Spasms, “Sciatica”, Hip/Knee pain, Muscle strains, Fibromyalgia, “Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow”, PFPS,Overuse injuries, etc
Cupping is a vacuum type massage technique performed with handheld cups. By creating suction and vacuum pressure, it can soften tight muscles and tone, loosen adhesions and lift up restrictive connective tissues. The specific technique brings hydration annd blood flow to the body’s tissues. It can be used to move deep inflammation to the skin surface for release and drain excess fluid and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways.
Exercise is one of the best ways to maintain your health.
Sometimes how you are exercising can create pain as you may not be doing it properly or it’s due to an issue in your body. I can find the problem, fix it and make sure you get back exercising as soon as possible.
Some of you may not know how to exercise and stretch properly. Don’t worry! I will teach you how to stretch and we will find an exercise plan that suits you.
Unfortunately we are never educated on how to eat properly.
Something we do a few times per day!.
People THINK they are eating well and for the most part they could be but when we look at it in more detail we find that they are eating the wrong type of food at the wrong times of the day in the wrong quantity.
A good diet really is the corner stone to having good health. A poor diet affects our sleep patterns, muscles and bones, strength, mood and emotions. All of these contribute to our pain levels.
Not many know that sugar increases inflammation in your body which increases pain.
If you like we can work together to improve your diet which will help increase your energy levels, your mood, and give you back control of your life.
We are a stressed out bunch right now and this really affects our pain levels.
I usually get an answer of ‘no not really’ when I ask people if they feel stressed.
But when we dig a bit deeper and see that they are travelling two hours plus too work, sitting at a desk or performing a physical job for eight hours plus, dealing with a difficult boss, client or work colleague all day, racing home to take the kids to their sports clubs and maybe missing dinner, hitting the gym for a hectic hour, having a poor relationship with their partner, switching on the phone or laptop again to check emails around nine or 10pm and then wondering why you don’t sleep properly!
Well in these cases the abnormal has become normal.
When we become aware of how we act throughout the day then this can
help you change your habits which will lead to a better life for you and your family.
Learning how to relax takes practice, but over time it can help release tension in your body, calm your mind and improve your mental wellbeing.
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