Dipping into a tool-box full of related techniques from Deep Tissue Massage, Spinal Mobilisation, MET & Soft Tissue Release, Assisted Stretching, through to Remedial Ultrasound Therapy, Functional Strapping & Taping and Kinesiology Taping we can work on targeting your specific issues with the most appropriate methods to promote recovery.
Unlike some conventional massage techniques, Remedial Ultrasound can be used on very recent soft tissue injuries. It is also very beneficial for long term chronic injuries, although the results take longer to appreciate.
It works be generating in-audible sound waves which penetrate through the skin to the underlying tissues. Localised heat increases circulation to the site of the injury, which in turn reduces inflammation and the associated pain.
Ultrasound can be used to treat Ligament Sprains, Muscle Strains, Tendonitis, Joint inflammation and impingement, Bursitis, Arthritis and Scar Tissue Adhesions.
Ultrasound, with the correct treatment protocols, can be used immediately after an injury, so there is no need to wait as with massage. However please contact me to discuss treatment options in the case of a recent injury.
Kinesiology tape is the usually brightly coloured taped sported by a number of high profile athletes over the last few years. Although somewhat subjective, in simplistic terms it works by lifting the skin from the underlying tissues around the site of an injury, thereby reducing the pressure and allowing more space for circulation and the reduction of swelling. It also has a proprioceptive effect on the nerve endings, subconsciously sending 'touch' sensations to the brain, effectively closing 'the pain gate' (remember when you hurt yourself as a child, and your mother told you to "rub it better" ?).
Kinesiology tape, unlike most other soft tissue therapy techniques, can be applied soon after an injury, and as long as there is no functional instability, can have an immediately beneficial effect.
Acupuncture is very effective for treating the longer term effects of sprains and strains and other musculo-skeletal injuries.
Acupuncture was first developed in China thousands of years ago (first documented evidence dates from 100BC) and can be used to treat a large number of conditions through the placement of acupuncture needles at specific points along the body's energy channels or 'Meridians' in TCM.
While not trained in full Traditional Chinese Medicine, I am qualified in the use of Acupuncture for sports related injuries.