You are unique, and are treated as such. All my treatments are tailored to meet your individual requirements and presenting conditions, plus any contributing biomechanical and lifestyle factors.
I combine a variety of advanced techniques to provide you with a personalised approach, which may include some of the following techniques:
- Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy
- Neuromuscular Therapy
- Soft Tissue Release
- Muscular Energy
- Reflex Energy
- Muscle Mobilisation
- Exercise Therapy
- Injury Rehabilitation Programmes
- Ultrasound Therapy
- Nova Sonic Electrical Therapy
- Lymphatic Drainage
- Kinesiology Taping
I also provide self-help and home care advice to ensure the best possible result for you.
I believe in a holistic approach to treatment, and view the body as an integrated unit. I don’t simply target the area of your pain, but work with all associated muscle groups connected to the problem. This allows me to address the underlying cause of your problem and help provide effective relief and healing. As a competitive runner and long distance walker with 35 years’ experience, I personally understand the frustrations of pain, strains and injury, as well as the benefits of specialist supportive massage therapy in bringing relief and healing.
I have trained under some of the UK’s top massage and bodywork trainers, including Physiotherapist Jane Johnson, Osteopath John Gibbons, and Jing Advanced Massage. I hold advanced qualifications in a number of specialist massage techniques, including Clinical Massage, Remedial Massage, Sports Massage, and Deep Tissue Massage, as well as specialist training in trigger point therapy, soft tissue release, myofascial release, muscular energy techniques, mobilisation, stretching, and postural correction. I am also trained in Reflexology and offer specific footwork treatments to combat pain, injury and discomfort.
Soft Tissue and Advanced Massage Techniques Employed:
MYOFASCIAL TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
The word myofascial means muscle tissue (myo) and the connective tissue in and around it (fascia). Myofascial pain often results from muscle injury or repetitive strain. When stressed or injured, muscles often form trigger points, like contracted knots, that cause pain and tightness. Myofascial trigger points are an extremely common cause of pain. Trigger points are painful when pressed on, cause a shortening of the muscle fibers, and have a special property called referred pain. Referred pain means that a trigger point in one muscle can create pain in another area.
This technique can be used during treatment where trauma has occurred to muscle fibres as a result of either a tear or sprain, or a small bunch of fibres out of balance. Pressure is applied to the tender area for 90 sec to stimulate a reflex action to the brain, which helps relax the area and manage the pain. This pressure can be applied several times to an tender area of muscle to help manage the pain and treat an injury.
SOFT TISSUE RELEASE
This technique is sometimes known as lock and stretch, and is often used alongside other techniques to treat a range of problems and injuries. This technique is also used to help rehabilitate a muscle back to health. The aim is to increase the range, flexibility and mobility of the muscle, and to reduce muscular tension.
This technique aims to stretch and strengthen muscles, and to break down adhesions in the muscle fibres. The technique uses the clients own effort and movement, rather than the therapist’s, to create a resistance to muscle movement in order to treat and rehabilitate an injury.
This technique is used in the treatment of a long term injury, where the muscle has become very tight as a result of the natural healing processes continuing to protect the injured area. It aims to work with the muscle and brain reflexes to break this process, so that the muscle can start to heal and repair.
This technique aims to reduce tension in the muscle, and realign and rebalance muscle fibres to help release tension on the skeletal system.
Exercise therapy aims to rehabilitate the muscle by helping increase flexibility, mobility and strength, and ultimately returning the muscle back to health. Resistance and strength exercise therapy may all be involved as part of this treatment.
INJURY REHABILITATION PROGRAMMES
This can be a treatment on its own, or as part of a programme of treatments. It aims to help the client get back to sport, or return to as normal a life as possible, after injury.
A treatment plan of exercise therapy will be advised, that will slowly increase in intensity over a period of time. This will be followed by strengthening work, and then a series of sport-related exercises to return the client back to full training.
Ultrasound is used during the acute stage of injury. The aim is to speed up the natural healing process, reducing pain, inflammation and muscular tension.
NOVIA SONIC ELECTRICAL THERAPY
This is used in all stages of injury; acute, sub-acute and chronic stages of injury. The aim is to speed up the natural healing process by stimulating the muscle. It also helps to break down scar tissue and reduces muscular tension.
This technique helps to flush out waste products from the body, open up muscles fibres, and stimulate the Lymphatic system.
This technique uses a specific type of tape to aid in the rehabilitation of muscles. The tape is placed onto the muscle in a particular way to help support it. The tape is made of a strong cotton that allows the muscle to move against the tape, which strengthens the muscle fibres, and, at the same time, supports it. The muscle then becomes stronger and recovers more quickly after injury.