Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine bodywork technique based on the same ideas as acupuncture. It involves placing physical pressure, by hand, elbow, or with the aid of various devices, on different pressure points on the surface of the body to bring about relief through greater balance and circulation of fluids and metabolic energies in the body.
Amma therapy is rooted in the same fundamental principles of acupuncture and herbalism, and focuses on the balance and movement of energy in the body. The techniques of Amma therapy aim to remove blockages and free the flow of energy in the body, thereby restoring, promoting and maintaining optimum health.
Whereas acupuncture involves inserting needles into energy pathways, Amma therapy relies primarily on the sensitivity and the strength of the hands to manipulate and balance the flow of life energy throughout the body.
Reduction of injury and improvement of performance is fundamental to biomechanical optimisation. Understanding injury and the mechanical forces involved in the body allow a therapist to load pressure or stretch the tissues allowing the muscle elasticity, contractibility and stiffness to change and remodel. The treatment may use slow and deep tissue massage whilst the patient is involved in active movement of certain tissues/muscles. The final outcome is an equilibrium of structural forces through the body. The body stands “more correctly” thus working less against gravity to hold itself upright. In sports field this may allow more energy to be used more efficiently which may give you a competitive edge.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is pressure on the median nerve – the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in the hand and fingers.
Basalt stones left at room temperature or cooled with ice or in a fridge to provide cryo therapy. Inflammation and pain can be reduced by the use of cold packs but a better way of applying this therapy is with the use of cold stones. Stones can be used with less oil to provide traction and movement in the muscular and other soft tissues of the body.
The craniosacral system is the term used to describe the structures supporting the brain and spinal cord, specifically the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect these areas. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, powerful health care approach that acts through the central nervous system to assist in improving function in the whole body. Using a hands-on method of evaluation and treatment, the functioning of this physiological body system can be gently influenced and improved.
Deep tissue massage is one of the most effective massages at relieving deeper built up tension in the muscles. You may experience a slight intensity to the treatment often described as “good pain” as you begin to feel a release of tension in the muscles. If it is causing you pain, it is not being done properly so it is important for ask for feedback from my patients.
Medically know as Adhesive Capsulitis or frozen shoulder syndrome (FSS) which affects the ability to move one or both shoulders (bilateral is less common) and is the inflammation of the shoulder joint capsule. Uncommon amongst young people, and is almost always found in the 40+ age group, usually in the 40-70 but seen more in women than men (thought to be linked with hormonal change). Rehabilitation can take the form of sports massage or myofascial release working to release the collagen fibres within the joint.
Affects the inside of the elbow joint (medial epicondyl) where pain is felt or weakness occur down the wrist affecting the grip. Cold therapy is great first aid for this condition. I advise you to leave a cold pack on the area of pain but take it off when it starts to feel uncomfortable (about 15 mins max.) Treatment consists of rest, ice, compression and elevation of the arm. Myofascial release of the muscle tissues and tendons around the elbow joint feel especially good and effective.
Intervertebral discs separate the bones of the spine (or vertebrae) and function to absorb shock or cushioning for the spine plus allow movement. Excess stress on the spine and damage the discs. This is particularly common in people who lift heavy objects and twist at the same time.
Is not really a disc that has ‘slipped’ out of place but instead the intervertebral discs are filled with a gelantinous substance in the middle called nucleus pulposus and when a disc prolapses this jelly-like centre squeezes out and puts pressure on the spinal cord compressing the nerve routes and causing pain.
Treatment using heated volcanic stones to sooth muscular tissue and release contracted muscles using thermal therapy. Hot stones are used by the beauty industry to promote wellbeing but why stop there? They can be used for remedial and physical movement of the soft tissues and provide a pain free alternative to trigger point therapy.
The myofascial release approach is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat mechanical dysfunction and resulting pain and restriction of motion. It uses continual palpatory feedback to achieve release of myofascial tissues. This is accomplished by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.
Massage that uses sophisticated forearm work to get deep into the muscular tissue. Elbows, fists & knuckles may also be used and should not cause the patient intense discomfort if applied correctly.
no-nonsense sports massage combining a pain-free deep tissue and acupressure massage techniques to free your body of pain and re‑establish healthy movement. I aim to identify and eliminate or reduce pain caused by strains, sprains, injury or trauma.
The piriformis muscle is one of the small muscles deep in the buttocks. The sciatic nerve runs very close to this muscle and in some people (around 10% of people) it passes through the muscle fibres. If the piriformis muscle becomes tight it may put pressure on the sciatic nerve and cause radiating pain down the leg, known as sciatic pain (see sciatica). Sometime referred to as piriformis impingement due to the impingement of the sciatic nerve.
Sometimes shortened to RSI usually associated with injuries to the forearm, wrist and hand. However, repetitive strain injuries can occur throughout the body. RSI is caused by repetitive movements of the wrist or fingers and is an umbrella term for a whole range of conditions, which include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis (various forms), bursitis, muscle inflammation. Symptoms may be one or more of: pain, dull ache, throbbing, tingling, numbness, tightness
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles which provide the Glenohumeral (shoulder) joint with movement stability, helping to control the joint during rotation. Bowling in cricket, pitching in baseball, swimming, kayaking can put the rotator cuff muscles under a lot of stress. You may either feel a sudden / tearing feeling in the shoulder followed by severe pain through the arm or have limited movement or muscle spasms or specific tenderness over the point of rupture/tear. Alternatively, you may have a dull ache on the side used the most, 40+ age group, worse at night and can affect sleeping, slow worsening of pain then some weakness and sometimes unable to lift arm out to the side(abduct arm) without assistance or do any activities with the arm above the head. Trigger point therapy plus a combination of soft tissue release and myofascial release may alleviate the pain temporarily as it may take longer than 6 weeks to repair this injury.
The sacroiliac joints are part of the pelvic girdle and sit between the sacrum (vertebrae S1-S5) and the Ilia (hip bones) therefore you have 2 of them. Function is to allow twisting movements when the legs move. Causes of pain can be from trauma, biomechanical, hormonal changes or inflammatory joint disease. You can help by resting from “offending” activities or relax the surrounding muscles that have tightened up by warming them with a heat pack or hot water bottle. But don’t heat if you have an inflammatory condition (arthritis) but try wearing a sacroiliac back belt. Myofacial release in the area feels great as well as CranioSacral releases to “open up” the area causing pain.
Sciatica is a symptom more than a condition but can be caused by numerous conditions. Symptoms are pain that starts in the back and radiates down one (or both) of the legs. It is common in sciatica pain to be caused by acute nerve root compression (radiculopathy) or pressure on the sciatic nerve which feeds down into the leg. The cause of pressure can be from a slipped disc (see Herniated or prolapsed disc), disc degeneration to muscle tension (see Piriformis syndrome) or uncommonly tumors, bony growths (stenosis) and infections. Soft tissue release and or trigger point therapy can alleviate a majority of the pain felt in this condition.
A combination of tissue manipulation and movement (stretching) in a specific way releases trauma or micro traumas in muscles and re-educates the central nervous system. This precise technique tricks the nervous system and re-sets the muscles memory so effectively restoring the muscles correct length and tone.
It is a form of treatment ideal to treat injuries and as well as a preventative treatment dealing with the health of muscle and connective tissue, range of movement, tone, symmetry, balance of muscle and quality of posture. It involves the manipulation of soft tissue to release tension, reduce pain, restore range of movement. Several techniques can be used to optimise the movement of the muscle, tendons and ligaments but also myofascia. These include, Soft tissue release, stretching, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and the basic strokes of massage. A therapist that is able to use more techniques effectively to achieve a given outcome means they have a better set of “tools” in their “tool box”.
is a problem affecting the ‘chewing’ muscles and the joints between the lower jaw and the base of the skull.
Doctors sometimes refer to the condition as “myofascial pain disorder”.
It’s been estimated that up to 30% of adults will experience TMD at some point in their lives.
The condition itself isn’t usually serious, and the symptoms it can cause – including pain, jaw joint clicking or popping, and difficulties eating – usually only last a few months before getting better.
However, these symptoms can significantly lower quality of life, and specialist treatment might be required if they’re severe.
Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is a common injury appearing in a large proportion of tennis players but also from repetitive activities such as using a screwdriver, painting or using a computer. Caused often by overuse or repetitive strain in repeated extension (bending back) of the wrist against resistance. No single treatment has been shown to be totally effective, however a combination of the treatments can resolve this over time. Rest, cold therapy and compression using a brace or support may help. I offer myofascial treatments with great results from happy patients. I also combine the use of hot and cold therapy to accelerate the healing process. It may take 3 to 6 treatments to resolve this issue.
Often exhibits pain / tingling / dull buzzing ache (neuropathy) of the ulnar nerve distribution or forearm into the forth and fifth fingers. The ulnar nerve can become entrapped / compressed by traction injuries (common in throwers), progressive compression due to inflammation and adhesions caused by repetitive strain, direct trauma and bony growths in the ulnar groove. Rest the arms and cold therapy as the symptoms can also feel similar to those of Golfers elbow, Tennis elbow and Carpal tunnel syndrome. The treatment would also involve releasing the pectoral muscles using trigger point therapy.
Also known as wryneck, is a stiff neck associated with muscle spasm, classically causing lateral flexion contracture of the cervical spine musculature (a condition in which the head is tilted to one side). The muscles affected are principally those supplied by the spinal accessory nerve.
Tight localised knots or lumps in the muscles which can be active or latent. Trigger points (Trp) cause pain even at rest. The Trp will be painful if pressed and may cause referred pain (pressing in at one point causes pain somewhere else). An active Trp may cause a twitching in the muscle. The therapy involves slow access to the muscle tissues. An expert touch will locate Trps and will activate them until the intensity subsides which may take more than one go. Stretching of these muscles will prevent the Trp from reoccurring but may do so and so a further treatment will be required.
A range of injuries to the neck caused by or related to a sudden distortion of the neck associated with extension. It is commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents, usually when the vehicle has been hit in the rear; however, the injury can be sustained in many other ways, including falls.