Here at Remedial Massage Hull, you will benefit from a wide range of advanced soft tissue techniques to help assist with rehabilitation post injury or deal with minor musculoskeletal aches and pains.
Get in touch and we’ll have an assessment, in which we’ll sit down and discuss the issue you’re suffering, and do a few simple assessments to establish the root of the problem. We will then agree a suitable course of treatment.
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Medical acupuncture is the application of needles in order to produce a positive response within the musculoskeletal system.
The aim is to reduce muscular adhesions known as trigger points. These can often become irritable, leading to pain that can effect daily life or sports performance.
By insterting needles we can help to initiate healing within the muscles and connective tissue.
Although there are two types of acupuncture, It is the westernised approach of dry needling that will be followed.
Positional Release Technique includes finding a trigger point within a muscle and placing a sustained pressure on the area. Passive movement of a limb to lengthen, or alternatively shorten, the muscle are then used to help find a position in which pain from the trigger point is reduced or completely vanished. This new position is then held for up to 90 seconds, using the same pressure, to help release the tension.
Overuse of a muscle can cause fibres to adhere together, forming areas of tension which affect its function. Along with other soft tissue techniques, neuromuscular technique (NMT) can help with the breakdown and separation of these bundled fibres. NMT involves a controlled pressure being applied on a ‘trigger point’ (area of tension) for up to 90 seconds. During this time, the muscle will relax. This happens due to the brain receiving feedback from the muscle fibres, a signal is sent back which allows that muscle to relax, providing the therapist is using a continuous firm pressure. Working on a neuromuscular level like this allows the pressure to be applied deep into the tissue and eliminate the specific point of tension within the muscle fibres.
Range of movement can be improved with muscle energy technique (MET) along with many other benefits this technique can provide. MET involves two simple methods that can be used separately or together in the same treatment. Post isometric relaxation requires the client to hold an isometric contraction followed by a period of rest. This allows the range of movement at the joint to increase, meaning the muscle lengthens. Alternatively, reciprocal inhibition involves a concentric contraction of the antagonist muscle to the one being stretched. The therapist will hold this position for a short while before asking the client to increase the range. Using the antagonist muscle to do the work allows further relaxation of the muscle being stretched as this will be inhibited. In simple terms, it is sent a signal by the brain NOT to contract so a further range of movement is possible.
Soft tissue release (STR) can be used to break down areas of scar tissue or fibrous adhesions. A strong lock is placed into the muscle fibres, which is then followed by active movements to help create a local stretch to encourage the adhesions to break up. This is a particularly useful technique to use when aiming to increase range of movement or working more specifically around a joint to help release any tension within the tendons.
Deep tissue massage can be used as a diagnostic tool as well as helping to restore balance within the musculoskeletal system. This technique consists of mainly petrissage and effleurage massage strokes, of varying force, to help detect and treat areas of dysfunction within the soft tissue. Along with frictions, these techniques can help improve blood circulation, reduce knots and release tension from specific areas within the tissues.
Regular physical activity can lead to muscles simply being overused, and this is often the cause behind aches and pains. Micro trauma can occur within muscle fibres post-exercise, which is why soft tissues can take a while to recover. Massage can be a very helpful form of recovery, helping to pump more blood into the fibres which brings with it nutrients that will aid recovery. The removal of waste products, improved range of movement and break down of adhered fibres can dramatically help speed up the recovery process, meaning you can get back to high-intensity sporting activity following a high quality recovery
Trigger points can be found within tight or over used muscles and can be the starting point to pain and discomfort in other areas of the body. This could be treated to prevent referred pain elsewhere. For example, pain in the neck could be treated to reduce pain from being referred around the head.
The technique used is to apply pressure to the trigger point itself thus breaking down the adhesion and relieving the pressure on the muscle which then leads to the relaxation of the referred area of pain.