what is Myotherapy

Myotherapy is the assessment and treatment of Myofascia and musculoskeletal pain originating from affected muscles, joints and nerves. Myotherapy is an integrated approach towards acute and chronic pain complaints, with the aim of discovering the cause of the problem biomechanically, not just treating the symptoms. The goal of treatment is to first, reduce the presenting pain, then to restore function/activity.

Some conditions Myotherapy treats?
  • Neck and back pain
  • Headache
  • Foot and ankle problems
  • Sporting injuries
  • Inflammatory conditions e.g. (tennis elbow, patella tracking problems)
  • Shoulder problems
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Facial tightness

Sports Massage

What is Sports Massage?

Sports Massage is a specialized form of massage which is typically used before, during, and after athletic events of highly active people. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the person for peak performance, to relieve fatigue, flush lactic acid, reduce swelling, soothe muscle tension, promote flexibility and prevent injuries.

Purpose of Sports Massage

The main purpose of sports massage is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body's soft tissue during physical activity, where minor injuries occur due to overexertion.

Sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger.

Types of Techniques

Depending on the needs of the individual a variety of techniques are used. The technique often involves a combination of deep tissue and soft tissue massage, Myofascial release, press- release, trigger point therapy, ice massage and slide cupping

Each type of sport has different demands on an individual. Each sport uses muscle groups in a different way. Sports massage is designed to address those specific concerns and may differ according to the sport. Sports massage can be aimed to help heal strained muscles and allow healthy ones to reach peak performance and maintain it while minimizing the risk of injury.

Relaxation Massage

What is Relaxation Massage?

Relaxation massage uses five basic massage movements to increase circulation and remove toxins from the muscles. Always working towards the heart, the massage therapist incorporates these techniques into a flowing massage session that leaves the patient physically and emotionally relaxed.

What techniques are used?

Relaxation massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are

  • Effleurage (sliding or gliding),
  • Petrissage (kneading to release toxins from the muscles by lifting, separating, and rolling them),
  • Percussion (rhythmic tapping),
  • Friction (cross fiber)
  • Vibration/shaking.

What are the benefits of Relaxation Massage?

Relaxation massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving joint function and is great for circulation through out the body, flushing toxins out of problem areas.

Cupping Therapy

There are two kinds of cupping techniques. The first is termed as the massage cupping wherein the glass cups are moved in a circular motion to provide relief to sore muscles. The second technique is the stationery cupping wherein the cups are placed on a specific pressure point and not removed until the muscle is released.

Some conditions that cupping treats?

  • Release of the illio-tibial band
  • Flushing toxins
  • Releasing pressure points
  • Plantafaciaitis
  • Breaking scar tissue

Remedial Massage

Remedial Massage is a way of repairing muscles and tendons damaged through over use, trauma and bad posture. Remedial massage involves a number of applied techniques involving, Assessment to see if the problem is biomechanical, the use of deep tissue, Friction and x-fiber massage for the break up of scar tissue. Ice massage, trigger points, Myotherapy and longitudinal strokes on shortened and tight muscles are then used to allow proper function and restore muscle strength and flexibility.

Joint mobilization is another technique used to increase your joint mobility and increase range of motion this entails Passive and gentle movement of spine and other joints to increase your mobility in your ligaments and tendons increasing range of motion in a joint. Again with these treatment's we don't just treat the symptoms but also the cause.

Benefits of Remedial Massage

Key benefits of Remedial Massage include:

  • The stimulation to the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed
  • The calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort
  • The toning and relaxing of muscles to improve joint mobility.
  • An improvement to the health of the cells, repairing of tissues, and the easing of stiffness and tension

Muscular and skeletal dysfunctions often addressed with Remedial Massage include Spondylitis, frozen shoulder, muscular cramps, Whiplash, muscular atrophy, sporting injuries.

Deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as relaxation, but the pressure will generally be more intense and can be followed by ice massage. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as "adhesions.")

Maintenance Massage

If you train regularly at any level of sport, Maintenance massage would be considered as a valuable addition to your training and preparation for future races, events, competition or matches.

Regular training will put high levels of stress on your muscles. Niggling aches and pains experienced with increased training could soon become more serious injuries preventing training. Regular maintenance massage can eliminate these aches and pains allowing training to continue. Regular maintenance massage can improve your performance by preventing injury, aiding recovery between training sessions and keeping muscles fibers aligned and working smoothly.

Injury assessment, treatment and management

This is the assessment of an injury or issue with the musculoskeletal system which involves a series of range of motion and special testing's to determine what and where the problem is originating from. With this the massage therapist can use a technique suitable to the presenting problem. Management of this issue can consist of a series of home stretches, Massage therapy, Building up of opposite or surrounding muscle groups, or a referral.

Workplace massage

Massage in the workplace is a great solution for dealing with stress in the workplace or away of saying thank you. A massage session includes a relaxing style massage with the client fully clothed ether seated in a massage chair or even on a table. We also provide an educational component to the session teaching your staff about the importance of stretching, exercise and proper biomechanics.

Benefits of workplace massage

Relieves physical problems associated with repetitive tasks, Helps balance the effects of stress in our lives thus reducing tension headaches, reducing anxiety level and restores a calm mind and feeling of well-being. Keeping your employees a lot happier

  • Triggers the Relaxation Response
  • Relaxes tense muscles
  • Reduces anxiety level
  • Normalizes blocked energy flow
  • Restores a calm mind and feeling of well-being