At Me Time Therapy we specialise in pain relief and today I want to dispel the myth that the body need to be forced into relaxation through deep pressure to achieve results. The no pain no gain approach is prevalent in the massage industry but it is not applicable if you are after long lasting results.
Instead we are looking at why your muscles are tight in the first place and by resolving this, real change can take place. For example if your main concern is tight hamstrings the usual approach would be to force those muscles into relaxation by applying lots of pressure, our approach is to activate your gluteal muscles (buttocks) so your hamstrings can relax.
The therapist can only introduce an external intervention to the patient's body. It's the body that does the healing and it will choose how it responds to the intervention, we are trying to gain the body's cooperation not to force it into submission.
This is non exhaustive list of the techniques used during our treatment. Each session is adapted to your needs and techniques are chosen accordingly.
Deep Tissue Massage technique aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue. It is a technique that releases chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on contracted areas, either following or going across the grains of muscles, tendons and fascia. It is also a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past injuries. The term “deep tissue” is often misused to identify a massage that is performed with sustained deep pressure.
Deep tissue is a separate category of therapy, used to treat particular muscular-skeletal disorders and complaints and employs a dedicated set of techniques and strokes to achieve a measure of relief. It should not be confused with “deep pressure” massage, which is one that is performed with sustained strong, occasionally intense pressure throughout an entire full-body session, and that is not performed to address a specific complaint or condition.
Trigger point therapy is a technique that involves the applying of sustained pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Trigger points are active centers of muscular hyperactivity, which often cross-over with acupuncture points. You will also find that your muscular "knots" are commonly trigger points.
Myofascial release is manual technique for stretching the fascia with the aim to balance the body. Fascia is located between the skin and the underlying structure of muscle and bone, it is a seamless web of connective tissue that covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures in our body. Injuries, stress, trauma, and poor posture can cause restriction to fascia, and the goal of this technique is to release fascia restriction and restore its tissue.
PNF Stretches (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation). PNF techniques combine passive stretching and isometrics with your muscle alternatingly stretched passively and contracted. The technique targets nerve receptors in the muscles to extend the muscle length.
Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a manual therapy that uses the gentle muscle contractions to relax and lengthen your muscles and normalize joint motion. Post Isometric Relaxation(PIR) – Muscle to relax after an isometric contraction (Basis of MET).
Muscle Activation by stimulating neurolymphatic activation points in the body will help with core stability and strength.
Rehabilitation advice: to gain the most from your massage treatment, a series of additional exercises between treatments may be required. This may be of particularly importance to those employed in physical jobs, where speed of recovery is important.