Sports massage is a hands on treatment that is proven to be extremely effective in the treatment of a wide range of musculo-skeletal conditions. It is incredibly useful for injury treatment or injury prevention and can be used in conjunction with exercise therapy for rehabilitation.
Most day spas only provide soft massage suitable for relaxation and comfort. Deep tissue massage is exactly what you need after strenuous exercise to help the body recover fully. Deep strokes help break up adhesions, loosen tight and restricted muscles and help clear the toxic by products left after exercise.
Western medical acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine.
It is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, including myofascial trigger point pain. Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of positive effects including increasing the body’s release of natural painkillers – endorphin and serotonin.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
NMT is a form of clinical massage therapy that is a specific and scientific approach to pain relief. It involves the manual manipulation of soft tissues to relieve specific complaints of pain and dysfunction. Therapists use deep massage strokes and advanced stretching techniques to soften muscle and connective tissue. This allows them to move deeper into the muscle and break up adhesions, relieve entrapment of nerves and coax muscles to release from spasm.
Neuromuscular therapists are highly trained in Anatomy and Physiology, advanced treatment techniques such as muscle energy technique M.E.T., positional release and trigger point therapy. They will document all treatments and formulate a specific treatment plan. They can advise on necessary stretches or exercises to help you recover fully.
NMT is used by people for two main reasons
As an effective treatment for muscular pain.
To help speed recovery after exercise.
It is effective in a number of ways:
Prevents injury and aids the healing process when soft tissue injuries occur by interrupting pain pathways and increasing blood flow.
Increases flexibility, balance, strength and improves energy by releasing muscular tension.
It relieves chronic neck, shoulder, back, hip and knee pain by rebalancing postural imbalances.
Speeds the removal of toxic by-products following exercise, promoting quicker recovery.
Treats a variety of conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, golfers/tennis elbow, runner’s knee, tension headaches, scoliosis, whiplash, sciatica, shin splints, tendonitis, fascitis and poor posture.
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