Remedial Massage is the systematic assessment and treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues in the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. It’s performed to create favorable conditions for the body to return to normal health after injury and is defined by the premise that the treatment can reasonably reverse certain physical effects a patient may be presenting.
If a patient has suffered a moderate injury resulting in structural pain and/or loss of function, then remediation reduces or eliminates pain and restores function.
It helps to balance muscle length, tension, tone, which will in turn promote the return to normal. It increases the flow of blood and lymph, particularly in the injured areas, thus removing blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions that result from injury.
Sports massage helps athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons.When is best to have a sports massage for events:
- Pre-event sports massage: Usually a Sports Massage prior to the event will depend on the type of treatment you require. If you want a corrective massage and working on the deep tissue this can be day 4-5 days prior to the event. Massage can be done right up to the day of the event but the treatment may vary. A gentle flush out of the muscles is advised with some stretching to loosen the tissue before the event.
- Post-event sports massage: A post event massage is always advised to help flush out the acid build up within the muscle tissue and reduce swelling, also helps with your recovery.
- Restorative sports massage: Forms part of an injury prevention program and is usually given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less injury.
Vacuum cupping is used to treat muscular aches and pains, spasms and trigger points. It may affects circulation as deep as four inches below the skins surface. When applying cups, they stretch up the skin increasing blood flow to the area to repair the tissue. It is effective when areas may be too sensitive to touch.
Trigger Point Therapy
A myofascial trigger point is a hyper irritable locus within a taut band of skeletal muscle. It is located in the muscular tissue and/or its associated fascia. Patients usually present with referred pain.
Our aim is to alleviate pain by de-sensitizing the trigger point.
The reason trigger points arise is due to overactivity, poor posture or lack of recovery causing a increase in pain, which activates a spinal reflex mechanism. This causes localized muscle spasm, decreased blood flow and an accumulation of chemical byproducts caused by tissue damage. Adhesions form in the muscle or fascia, forming trigger points that are characterised by dull, poorly localised pain that may or may not refer.
Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching is a passive form of stretching whereby results are shown straight away. Increasing the muscle length and tone to help in muscular recovery.
The aim of stretching is to increase flexibility, reduce post activity muscle soreness, help recovery/rehabilitation and preventing injury.