A specific type of massage which increases the circulation to the area of treatment, at the same time as dispersing the metabolites which cause pain. It also helps to reduce adhesions and stimulate the correct alignment of scar tissue.
A manual technique which can be performed on most joints. It is a small, fast movement performed at the end of a range. It is used to increase mobility and decrease pain, and to improve alignment and function.
An effective gentle manual technique often used on the spine, the ribs and the sacroiliac joint. This technique involves deep breathing and gentle stretching to align specific joints. The gentle approach means that it is ideal for many pregnant women, children and older patients.
This taping technique differs from others as it gives support to an injury whilst still allowing a full range of movement. Its other main advantage is that it can be worn in water. It is ideally suited to the athlete as it allows hydrotherapy rehabilitation, and showering after exercise.
The core muscles, which consist of, multifidus, transversus abdominis, the diaphragm and the pelvic floor, are often referred to as the power house of the body. It is from here that virtually all movements of the body should originate. Although the core muscles act as stabilisers of the spine they also help and support all the other muscles of the body.
They assist with good posture and are necessary for good control of the spinal column.
All parts of the body are connected in some way. Should you have a long term musculoskeletal issue then it is likely that your initial problems will cause problems elsewhere in the body. For example, sore calves can cause tight hamstrings, followed by a sore lower back, pain and weakness in the upper back, sore shoulders ….and so it goes on.
When one part of the chain is weak or damaged it will affect other parts of the chain. When recovering from injury it is necessary therefore to retrain the kinetic chain so that all parts work effectively. Retraining the core is fundamental to this.
Exercises are developed and planned so that certain muscle groups are recruited in an order which is specific to that sport. The order in which these muscles “fire” is called a kinetic chain. The core engages first , followed by the bigger, more dynamic muscles.
The correct timing allows for an enhanced, more consistent performance accompanied with a reduced risk of injury.
Pilates is a subtle form of exercise which helps to prevent back and postural problems. Although it focuses mainly on the muscles around the pelvis and abdomen, all areas of the body are given attention. One of the many benefits is that the exercises produce strength without increasing muscle bulk or compromising the flexibility.
“ The Pilates system works the body as a whole and aims to co-ordinate the upper and lower muscle groups with the center of the body. It can have a dramatic effect on strength, flexibility, posture and co ordination”.
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