A large portion of treatment sessions comprises of manual therapy, improving tone, flexibility and elasticity of soft tissue structures.
Massage is a physical form of therapy which mobilises muscle groups to increase circulation, reduce areas of tight muscle and increase muscle length and flexibility. Massage is an invaluable tool to increase blood flow to warm muscles up prior to other forms of treatment, as well as increasing effectiveness of waste toxin removal from the muscles. It can also be used to effectively improve lymphatic drainage to reduce swelling and inflammation.
Stimulation or Tapotement massage techniques are used to stimulate nerve pathways, increasing circulation and muscle tone. When used on a regular basis these techniques can encourage an increase in muscle bulk. It is extremely useful in neurological patients, when motor function has been compromised. However, it is also beneficial to correct areas of muscle wastage e.g. from incorrectly fitting saddles.
Myofascial release. Fascia is often a forgotten tissue in the body; however, it can have a huge impact on the body’s flexibility and comfort levels. Myofascial release works to loosen the fascia surrounding the muscles, particularly that between the skin and superficial muscle layer. This allows freedom of muscle movement, improving flexibility and reducing restrictions.
Trigger point release resolves painful ‘knots’ or trigger points within overworked muscles. Manual release involves applying localised pressure to the area, which upon its release encourages in influx of oxygenated blood to the area. This helps to break up adhesions and return normal muscle function.