Massage is one of the oldest forms of physical medicine known to man. There are many techniques which can be used to various effects. It can give physical relief from pain and stress, assist in cleansing and stretching the body, help correct and align the musculoskeletal system and assist in the breakdown of fibrous material.
Swedish massage is used to relieve muscle tension and relax the body and mind. Gentle techniques are used to promote good circulation and lymphatic return. This is done by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of the blood returning to the heart. It is very good for increasing the level of […]
Poor posture is all too common these days. Hunched shoulders from sitting at a computer or an increased curve in your lower back from weak abdominals are just two examples. Once a biomechanical check has taken place, to ensure the correct alignment of joints, then treatment can start. This consists of correcting the muscle imbalances […]
It is common that the area of pain is not where the initial injury lies. By assessing the energy in the meridian pathways, areas of blocking and dysfunction can be identified. These areas are often asymptomatic and therefor often overlooked. Treatment of these areas is often a necessary part of the overall rehabilitation process. Massage […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. “ […]