Myofascial Release + Stretching
WHAT ARE TRIGGER POINT THERAPY, CONNECTIVE TISSUE MASSAGE AND RANGE OF MOTION STRETCHES/MUSCLE ENERGY TECNHNIQUES?
30 to 120 minutes
These are all techniques used during a sports massage that are applied to soft-tissues, i.e. (superficial fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints etc) that help to prevent and overcome dysfunction, as well as support relaxation, release areas of tension/pain, support mental wellness and encourage flexibility.
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30 to 120 minutes.
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Open from Monday to Saturdays and some Sundays
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What Techniques are they?
a) What are the Benefits?
Trigger point therapy may help to reduce inflammation in the body, reduce ischameia (restrictions in blood flow), improve range of motion, increase flexibility, help to breakdown restrictions and to decrease the areas of muscle band excitability which will increase relaxation and reduce pain.
Muscle Energy Techniques/Range of Motion stretches may help to increase the range of joint motion, muscular stretch, reduce muscle tightness, stiffness, pain, somatic symptoms and help relaxation.
Connective Tissue Massage may be helpful in treating those with Fibromyalgia, M.S, Chronic Fatigue, Tendonitis, TMJ, Scoliosis, postural issues, Carpel Tunnel, rehab after injury and emotional distress. Furthermore, it may help to increase flexibility, range of motion, stiffness, tennis elbow, whiplash (with Dr’s consent), back pain, A.L.S (Dr’s consent), possible release of trauma. It may help with those with cardiac and respiratory conditions, peripheral circulatory deficits, neurological pathologies, gynae issues (Dr’s consent), digestive issues, urinary issues, joint dysfunction, sciatica and neuralgia, muscular issues in shoulders, upper back, etc.
When using CTM other areas of the body are thought to be indirectly treated as well, since the fascia/connective tissue, connects the body as a whole. It is thought to increase blood flow to affected regions which helps to mitigate pain, by mast cells releasing histamine assisting in reducing inflammation and reducing pain by removing nocigenic chemicals from tissues
According to a study, patients receiving CTM for a period of 10 weeks whom suffered with fibromyalgia, experienced a gradual pain relief effect over time of 37%, reduced depression, reduced use of pain medications and a perceived improvement in general quality of life.
b) What are the Contraindications?
Apart from the general contraindications for massage, here are the contraindications for each treatment:
Trigger Point Therapy can be painful and consent is required, however the therapist will always be sensitive to the client. In some cases for example, after injury, a Dr’s approval may be needed. Ice-therapy may be applied if the client feels comfortable after treatment.
Muscle Energy Techniques cannot be used on clients with fractures, avulsion injuries, severe osteoporosis, open wounds and cancers.
Connective Tissue Massage contraindications include tumours, aneurysm, acute rheumatoid arthritis, acute inflammation (systemic and local), acute circulatory conditions, osteoporosis, degenerative changes, systemic infections, oedema, anti-coagulant therapy/blood disorders, pregnant women (may be possible with Dr’s consent only, depending on stage of pregnancy. First and third trimester may be too risky), patients with high BP (Dr’s consent), women with menstruation issues (Dr’s consent).
Connective Tissue Massage is an adjunct to general treatment and more often than not, Dr’s consent will be required prior to using this technique at all. We have a letter we can give to you that you can hand to your Dr to confirm consent prior to using CTM.
With a Dr’s consent the following conditions, may be worked around: open wound, bruises, skin hypersensitivity and advanced diabetes.
Clients may need a rest/snack after this treatment.
c) HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN?
Trigger Point Therapy
With TrP therapy, the aim is to relax the bands of muscle that have become irritable/hyper-contracted. A notable sign that a client has a trigger point (TrP) is when they ‘jump’ when the area is pressed. Referred pain when pressing a TrP may be experienced also.
The therapist will first distinguish whether the trigger point is a TrP or a tender spot, using the 10 second press test. If a trigger point is found, pressure is applied until the tight band/nodule is reduced or removed.
Muscle Energy Technique
This is used to lengthen and increase flexibility of a muscle that is experiencing a ‘bind’/barrier in movement. MET is a neuromuscular technique that works to override muscular inhibition that the nervous system has created as a reflex to tension that is being sensed by the Golgi tendon within muscles. This is the body’s way of resisting extra stress as a protective measure, therefore this is a technique that cannot be used when you have an acute injury. It can however be useful in aiding recovery and mobilisation in the sub-acute stage.
Connective Tissue Massage
This technique when used on the superficial fascia is gentle and promotes deep relaxation and some clients fall asleep during treatment. It is used to help remove restrictions in the superficial fascia that may arise due to stress, dehydration, injury, inflammation and is thought to help with somatic pain.
Fascia is a connective tissue made of collagen and elastin. It surrounds every organ of the body and it permeates the structures like a web. According to research it is thought that fascia shares in the physical load placed upon muscles, therefore decreasing the tension using this technique, is purported to help ease the load felt by the body at large.
BELFAST PHYSIO AND MASSAGE
d) HOW DO WE ASSESS OUR PATIENTS?
The therapist will chat about your medical history, maybe look at your range of motion and perhaps do a physical assessment.
Please let us know of any allergies but I like to use massage wax and in some cases, oils/wax won’t need to be used, as is the case for connective tissue massage.
We look forward to treating you.