Orthopaedic Massage Therapy
Orthopedic massage involves manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person involved in regular and normal physical activity. Soft tissue includes skin, muscle, tendons, ligaments and fascia.
Prior to performance and after, sports massage may enhance performance, aid recovery and help prevent injury too.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are hyperirritable points found in taught bands of muscles. They are painful to touch and can have referred pain. They can be the cause of headache, toothache, neck pain and many other symptoms.
Trigger point therapy involves applying pressure to trigger points to deactivate them, therefore resolving the associated pain.
Positional release relieves pain by passively putting the joint into its position of greatest comfort. In addition, this method is designed to release painful muscle spasms and chronic tension in the body by interrupting the nervous impulses that cause muscle spasms and is often successful where more traditional massage methods are not.
Treatment using positional release creates no additional pain, unlike more invasive “deep tissue” massage techniques and can be performed without the removal of clothing.
Soft Tissue Release (STR)
Soft tissue release involves the therapist using manual pressure on a muscle to create a temporary false attachment point and then taking the muscle into a pain-free stretch to untangle the muscle fibers.
As a result, STR is useful for increasing range of movement, pain relief and repair and prevention of injuries.
Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
Muscle Energy Technique is a treatment in which the patient’s muscles are actively used on request, from a precisely controlled position, in a specific direction, and against pressure controlled by the therapist. It is not a painful technique and is useful for relaxing, stretching, and strengthening muscles as well as retraining appropriate function of a muscle, deactivating trigger points and freeing restricted joints. Furthermore, it also enhances localized circulation.