No one enjoys pain or being sidelined because of soft tissue injury. Changes in joint mobility can go unnoticed until eventually the damage becomes enough to signal through pain.
As we age, muscle shrinking causes uneven pulling on joints. This imbalance created around a joint results in a chronic inflammation, pain and eventually restriction in movement leading to sleepless nights, missed work or missed play.
Professional athletes before working at any sport are trained to warm their muscles through stretching exercises. Amateurs and “Week-end Warriors” are not. The same applies to ordinary people as home and work-related accidents often manifest as muscle or other soft tissue injuries.
Although not a Registered Massage Therapist, I have extensive training and experience in working in various massage techniques. As a Kinesiologist, how the body moves is my prime concern; this involves the skeleton, soft tissues and nerves. Whether through an accident or injury, incorrect postural positions or stress related muscle tension, any of the following massage techniques will increase blood and lymphatic circulation, reduce nerve and energy blockages, reduce scar tissue, reduce tightness and increase mobility resulting in healing and relaxation.
From the Oriental healing arts, Acupressure shares its roots with Shiatsu and Acupuncture. All the Oriental therapies base their healing on treating imbalances in the level and flow of the body's Energy. Acupressure uses finger and thumb pressure on specific points along the Meridian Channels to manipulate any Energy imbalances. By manipulating these points, the energy can be strengthened, dispersed or calmed allowing for smooth flow of energy movement in the body.
Hot Stone Massage
This massage technique makes use of special volcanic flat stones that retain their heat once warmed. When the stones are placed on key points of the body, the heat increases blood and lymphatic circulation enhancing relaxation and stimulating movement of toxins while calming the nervous system. This massage technique explores the therapeutic and energetic use of stones to produce a deep relaxing experience and a connection with the energies of the earth.
Deep Tissue Massage
This type of massage technique focuses on realigning the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The strokes are similar to those used in classic massage therapy, but the pressure is deeper and the movement slower. Deep Tissue Massage is used to “breakdown” scar tissue and encourage circulation resulting in a release of muscle tension and unwanted stored calcium or mineral deposits. Deep tissue massage is particularly effective for relief of chronic tension in the low back, neck and shoulder areas.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are hyperirritable points that appear in skeletal muscle tissue as palpable nodules in tight bands of muscle fibers. When these trigger points receive compression, there is usually a pain response either at the site or a referred pain response at another site. Once identified, these trigger points can be alleviated with gentle pressure and the affected muscle is then able to elicit a relaxation response.
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