When the pressure of work or life builds up, stress can result.
Deep tissue massage can have a positive impact on your stress levels. Firm forceful pressure relieves the muscle tension caused by stress. Your body is forced to relax.
Remedial techniques can help your muscles to release long-held tension: you’ll feel deeply relaxed, loose-limbed, and possibly a little light-headed.
One of the techniques that are used by most manual therapists: sports massage therapists, osteopaths, chiropracters and physiotherapists is trigger point therapy.
Trigger points are very small spots of hypertonic tissue – hypertonic means “hyper toned”, in other words in a constant state of severe contraction.
Trigger point therapy involves applying pressure to the trigger point for a minute or so. Last week, as I was carrying out trigger point therapy with one of my clients, they described the spot as “exquisitely tender”, which is pretty much the textbook definition of a trigger point.
Myofascial release is a very effective hands-on interactive technique that provides stretching, compression and sustained pressure into restricted areas of fascia (connective tissue) in the body to eliminate pain and restore motion.
Myofascial release is a form of structural bodywork based on osteopathy, which works on the body as a whole to allow the fascial system to return to its correct position, length and function.
Soft tissue release (or STR) is a technique of assisted stretching of muscle fibres, tendon and fascia.
STR involves repeatedly and quickly stretching small areas of the soft tissue.
Precise pressure is applied to part of the muscle which is then moved to achieve a very specific stretch.
Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is used to help improve a persons range of motion, usually where that lack of range of motion is causing discomfort or stopping a person doing something that they want to do.
MET helps relieves over-tense muscles and restore shortened muscles to normal length. By improving the elasticity of the muscles and tendons, range of movement at the joints can be improved.