Pain relief

Pain, stress & tension relief – Soft tissue manipulation

foot-massage-2Where a muscle has been habitually held in a shortened position due to postural, occupational or emotional factors, this degree of tension will become accepted by the nervous system as a ‘normal’ situation. It becomes uncomfortable to relax and stretch and furthermore, tension will continue to increase. This tension restricts local blood flow which does not help the healing process.

The following techniques can help restore function and reduce pain/tension;

Neuromuscular Technique (NMT)
When musculoskeletal problems occur there is a change in tension (tone) of the tissues concerned.  This occurs naturally and is controlled by the nervous system, to deal with this it is necessary to work on a neuromuscular level.  Deep pressure into a tender spot results in relaxation in the area (reflex effect).

Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
Collective name for a variety of techniques that stretch, strengthen or break down fibrous adhesions. Used to treat muscle imbalances.

Soft Tissue Release (STR)
Technique combining friction, stretch and neuromuscular pressure to produce a quick and effective result in releasing local areas of severe soft tissue tension.

Sometimes called needle finger therapy, uses manual pressure to stimulate points on the body, instead of the insertion of needles. Acupressure is safe, can be performed anywhere and requires no special equipment.

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