Therapies available at Pure Motion Therapies
Remedial massage is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury.
Deep tissue massage removes blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions left after injury. It may speed up recovery and encourage more complete healing. It is also used for lifestyle conditions such as RSI and back pain, as well as muscular dysfunction caused by bad posture and work habits.
Remedial massage can involve using a variety of techniques to help provide an improvement in muscular tension. A remedial massage appointment will involve a pre-massage postural and functional assessment to identify the areas of dysfunction, and a post massage re-assessment to assess changes to these areas.
It is important to note- During a session, depending on the methods used, tenderness may be felt in the areas being treated. The clients’ feedback is encouraged to pinpoint problematic areas and to regulate pressure. It does not set out to relax the patient.
If you are new to massage, it is not uncommon to be tender the day after treatment as your muscles recover. This usually passes within 24 hours. Drinking plenty of water after treatment helps flush out toxins that are released from the affected muscles.
Myotherapy is applied in the preventative, corrective and rehabilitative phases of therapy to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structure (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) of the human body. Pain or symptoms caused by muscle (myo) or fascia is described as myofascial It is defined as “the comprehensive assessment, treatment and management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders and conditions caused by improper biomechanical functioning.”
Myotherapists take into account all aspects of health and wellness of the client to include not only the physical, but psychological and occupational aspects of the individual. It incorporates not only trigger point therapy, but also massage, stretching, dry needling and cupping. Advice may be given at the appointment regarding exercises, stretching, or other lifestyle factors that may assist your recovery.
Some effects of myotherapy treatment may include:
- reduced muscular pain and tightness
- deactivation of myofascial trigger points
- alleviation of emotional stress and psychological impacts of pain and dysfunction
- increased range of movement
- increased lymphatic drainage
- elevated metabolic rate
- improved blood supply
When you experience relaxation massage, you can expect a treatment that involves: Long smooth gliding strokes that are rhythmic and flowing. Pressure that is deeply relaxing, but not painful. A treatment that is designed to soothe and relax you, not to relieve chronic pain or other underlying ailments.
Trigger points – what are they?
Everyone talks about them, but what exactly are they?
trigger points, are described as hyperirritable points in the fascia surrounding skeletal muscle. They are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibres.
Dry needling is an effective and efficient technique for the treatment of muscular pain and myofascial dysfunction. Dry needling is extremely effective for relaxing overactive muscles, as the needles are targeted toward the trigger points within the overactive muscles.
The approach is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles. It should not to be confused with the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique of acupuncture.
However, since the same filiment needles are used in both dry needling and acupuncture, the confusion is understandable.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of therapy in which a local suction is created on the skin; practitioners believe this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing. Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps).
Other Methods at Pure Motion Therapies
SMFT – sustained myofascial Tension
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion
Digital ischemic pressure
Ischemic compression is where blockage of blood in an area of the body is deliberately made, so that a resurgence of local blood flow will occur upon release, enhancing healing and cell restoration to the area applied.
MET- Muscle energy technique
Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a manual therapy that uses the gentle muscle contractions of the client to relax and lengthen muscles and normalize joint motion.
PNF- proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
Is a set of stretching techniques commonly used in clinical environments to enhance both active and passive range of motion in order to improve motor performance and aid rehabilitation. PNF is considered an optimal stretching method when the aim is to increase range of motion.