Treatment that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. The movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. This type of massage is helpful for chronic aches and pains.
A Trigger Point is a hyperirritable spot, usually within a taut band of skeletal muscle or in the muscle fascia. It is painful on compression and often gives rise to a predictable pain referral pattern and autonomic response. Although usually idiopathic, it is understood that at some point, some initial trauma will overload the muscles. Some causes include: Overwork fatigue (repetitive or sustained contraction), direct trauma, poor posture, metabolic imbalances (Gout, Hypothyroid, Hypoglycemia) and nutritional inadequacies (Vitamin B, C and Folic Acid). This treatment is conducted by first locating the trigger point and then eliminating it through manual manipulations.
This type of massage uses smooth, gliding strokes performed at a slower pace with light pressure. There is less emphasis on treating adhesions, tight muscles and trigger points and is more focused on calming the nervous system, improving blood circulation, stimulating the body's lymphatic system (which carries away waste products) and to promote an over-all sense of well-being.
Although a joyous and miraculous experience, it is also a time of tremendous musculoskeletal, physical and emotional changes. Pregnancy massage is performed in the aim to increase circulation, decrease edema, promote relaxation, reduce/prevent back pain, maintain muscle strength and flexibility and reduce constipation with abdominal massage.
(1) Training: This treatment is done throughout the athlete's training and may include deep manual manipulations, trigger point and fascial work.
(2) Pre-Competition: Treatment is conducted zero to 48 hours before competition and is generally light and fast in aims to warm up the tissue. This is an absolutely pain-free treatment meant to stimulate and prepare the body for competition.
(3) Intermediate: Performed during intermission or between events. This massage is also meant to be a short and light, pain-free treatment.
(4) Post-Competition: Performed after workout or competition. The aim of this phase is to aid in the removal of lactic acid in the tissue. The athlete is assessed and monitored for possible injury and treated accordingly.
Active Inhibition techniques involve either the client relaxing a muscle before it is lengthened either passively (by the therapist), actively (by the client) or with a resisted movement in which the client performs the action as the therapist resists it.
These techniques range from non-specific joint mobilizations such as rocking to very specific techniques to increase range of motion such as joint play. Because these techniques take a joint up to the limit of available motion and no further, they are sometimes called mobilization without impulse.
Remedial Exercise is the systematic and planned performance of bodily movements, posture, or physical activities intended to provide the patient with a means to:
- Remediate or prevent impairments. - Improve, restore or enhance physical function.
- Prevent or reduce health related risk factors.
- Optimize overall health status, fitness or sense of well-being.
- All remedial exercise programs are individualized to the unique needs of each client.