...the management, manipulation, and rehabilitation of the soft tissues within the body including muscles, ligaments and tendons. Therapeutic techniques include; Massage, Neuromuscular Techniques, Myofascial Release, Active Release Technique, Muscle Energy Technique, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilsation.
A major misconception is that this type of therapy is exclusive to sports people – all people can benefit and benefits include;
o Reduced or increased muscular tone as clinically indicated
o Increased blood flow
o Increased joint mobility
o The removal of metabolic waste
o Scar tissue remodelling
o Sedation or stimulation of nerve endings
o Optimisation of preparation and recovery for physical activity and competitive sports.
The above benefits can thus lead to the following outcomes;
o Relief from repetitive strain injuries
o Rehabilitation of muscular and tendonous strains
o Rehabilitation of ligamentous sprains
o Reduced muscular tension
o Reduced fatigue
o Postural correction
o Optimisation of joint range of motion
A major misconception of hands on therapy is that it will cause pain – discomfort may be experienced but is often described as a ‘nice pain’ and will be necessary to create a pain-free long term condition within the tissues. Patient feedback is vital and encouraged within my sessions thus any elevation of discomfort above the pre-agreed pain scale will be taken on board.