DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layer of tissue like muscles, fasciae and tendons. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain. It aims to release chronic patterns of tension in the body in order to improve blood and lymph flow, remove toxins, increase range of motion and create an overall feeling of comfort. It is of great benefit to anyone who has developed muscular tension from day-to-day lifestyle factors ranging from being sat in the office at a computer all day through to having an intense training and competition programme as a sports person. Usually a non-greasy, hypoallergenic massage lotion is being applied.
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
Trigger point therapy is a branch of alternative medicine that deals with the correct stimulation and treatment of pain associated with trigger points in the body. It is a hands-on technique that involves the applying of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body.
WHAT IS A TRIGGER POINT?
The term „trigger point“ was coined in 1942 by Dr. Janet Travell. Trigger points are described as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle witch actively refers pain either locally or elsewhere in the body. So pain is the main syndrome of trigger points, but also weakness, stiffness ore other syndromes like dizziness and tinnitus. Trigger points can influence muscle activation patterns which can result in poorer muscle coordination and -balance. This leads to strength- and flexibility -imbalances in your muscles as well as postural dysfunction throughout your body. The sum of the syndromes caused in trigger points is called myofascial pain syndrome. (myofascial referring to the combination of muscle and fascia)
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WHAT CAN BE TREATED?
Trigger points are often the primary cause of pain and factor in almost every painful condition. Syndromes that appear to be generated by a joint, organ, nerve or an eye or tooth can in reality be an effect caused by trigger points in nearby muscles, or even a muscle some distance away. So nearly every pain or dysfunction syndrome can be treated. Here some common examples:
- Injuries resulting from sports or accidents
- back pain
- neck and jaw pain
- frozen shoulder
- tennis elbow
- earaches and tinnitus
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE TREATMENT?
After a detailed assessment regarding the physical problem and its history, the affected muscle needs to be treated with pressure directly upon the trigger points to deactivate them for resolving and elongating the structures affected along their natural range of motion and length. But also the fascia surroundings muscles should be treated to elongate and resolve strain patterns. Usually a non- greasy, hypoallergenic massage lotion is being applied. After the treatment it is useful to stretch the muscles and do some functional training, otherwise muscles will simply be returned to positions where trigger points are likely to re-develop.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Trigger point therapy is used to eliminate the pain, release myofascial tension, increase flexibility, muscle coordination, reduce stiffness and an increase range of motion as well as better circulation are all beneficial effects of trigger point therapy.
Half hour treatments are £20
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