Massage And Myotherapy Techniques

MASSAGE TECHNIQUES

Massage TechniquesThere are a wide variety of massage therapy techniques that a Remedial Massage Therapist or Myotherapist can use and may use in their remedial massage and myotherapy treatment sessions. Depending on the condition of the individual, the presenting signs and symptoms they present with and what they are looking to achieve within the massage therapy treatment session, the remedial massage therapist or myotherapist will generally use one or a combination of the following therapeutic massage therapy techniques.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the application of pressure to tender points in the muscle in order to relieve pain and dysfunction within a given muscle as well as other parts of the body. These tender points are called trigger points, or as most are familiar with “knots”. They refer pain to distant areas of the body. Trigger points are caused by a number of various types of stressors including; sporting/occupational injury/trauma, overexertion, disease, poor posture as well as emotional stress. In addition to eliminating and getting rid of pain, trigger point therapy has the following benefits:

  • Reduces muscular pain, swelling & stiffness
  • Increased range of motion of muscles & joints
  • Improved circulation and co-ordination
  • Greater flexibility and elasticity

Sports Massage

Sports Massage - Deep Tissue MassageSports Massage is used before, during, or after physical activity. It is generally a vigorous type of massage and has the following benefits:

  • Prepares the athlete for peak performance
  • Promotes greater athletic endurance
  • Lowers the heart rate and blood pressure
  • Increases circulation and lymph flow
  • Drains away fatigue and lactic acid
  • Reduces muscle tension & promotes flexibility
  • Alleviates minor injuries and lesions that have occurred due to overexertion and or overuse of the muscles
  • Prevents and minimizes the risk of injuries
  • Reduces recovery time

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue often getting to the true underlying cause of muscle pain. It uses slow strokes and deep finger pressure to alleviate the pain & stiffness in a given muscle. It usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage, however, this will only last a day or two.

Deep Tissue Massage is effective in:

  • Getting rid of chronic muscle tension
  • Breaking up and eliminating scar tissue
  • Releasing unwanted toxins from the muscles
  • Re-establishing proper function & circulation of blood & oxygen throughout the body

When muscles are stressed, oxygen and nutrients are blocked from entering within, resulting in a buildup of toxins within the muscle tissue and thus leading to inflammation. A deep-tissue massage will alleviate and re-establish optimal function of this muscle tissue.

Relaxation / Swedish Massage

A swedish or relaxation massage comprises of smooth, flowing, soothing techniques to de-stress and completely relax both mind, body and soul. Lighter pressure is used to provide deep relaxation allowing you and your mind, body and soul to refresh, recharge and rejuvenate.

Remedial Massage

Remedial MassageRemedial Massage is the name or term that encompasses all of the various modalities, therapeutic techniques and styles of massage therapy treatments that have been previously discussed. It is the stepping stone that separates a masseur from a myotherapist. Each treatment and remedial massage therapy session is customised and tailor made to the individual, however, I may utilize elements and aspects of each of the above styles of massage within the massage treatment sessions, whether it be remedial massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, sports massage, swedish massage or even relaxation massage.

MYOTHERAPY TECHNIQUES

Myotherapists are muscle specialists. In order to treat and rehabilitate muscular pain & injuries, they utilize a range of techniques in addition to the many different types of massage. Techniques that are used in Myotherapy include:

Cupping

Myotherapy - CuppingCupping is a method of applying suction cups to the skin & muscle. A partial vacuum is created in glass or plastic cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissue of the body. Cupping has many benefits including the following:

  • Releases deep-seated tension in the muscles
  • Drains excess fluids and toxins
  • Stimulates the nervous system
  • Brings blood flow to stagnant muscles
  • Loosens adhesions, connective tissue & knots
  • Stimulates the flow of blood and lymph
  • Breaks up stagnated waste and toxins
  • Treats colds and flu & musculoskeletal pain
  • Relieves muscular pain, soreness and tightness

Dry-Needling

Myotherapy - Dry-NeedlingDry-Needling is the application & placement of acupuncture needles into specific points in the muscles. These points (trigger points) are stimulated in order to alleviate & treat muscle pain & dysfunction. Benefits are similar to those experienced from Trigger Point Therapy. Often the needles are found to be extremely effective, especially if pain is point specific. The benefits of dry needling are as follows:

  • Reduction of muscle pain, swelling & stiffness
  • Increased range of motion of muscles & joints
  • Improved circulation and co-ordination
  • Greater flexibility and elasticity

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