Each Bodywyrcs appointment will combine lots of different techniques to help get to the bottom of your problem. I often have people come expecting a simple massage and going away with a whole lot more. So to give you a bit more background on what to expect these are a few of the techniques I regularly use in my treatments – each of which is created specifically for you, the customer.
Sports Massage: A deep tissue massage that is designed to get further into your muscles and help iron out any kinks and knots. It’ll have your muscles feeling fresh and supple and is also great for leaving you feeling relaxed and relieving feelings of stress and anxiety – a great opportunity to just focus on you & iron out problem areas. Prevention is always better than cure and a good sports massage now and then can help keep your body fighting fit!
Postural Assessment: Quite often your injuries and achey bits occur due to poor posture which can occur from sitting at your desk all day or simply falling into bad habits during sport. Theres no point in me simply treating your symptoms, when at the heart of the problem its all down to a wonky posture – so its an important part of every consultation!
Injury Rehabilitation: An injury for a sportsperson can be the most frustrating thing as it never seems to heal fast enough – but with good management we can make sure you’re not out of action any longer than absolutely necessary. It all depends on the specific injury, but we’ll use a combination of manual therapies, load management and exercise therapy to get you back to best, restoring balance and muscle strength.
Myofascial Release: All our muscles, organs & bones are connected by a tissue called ‘Fascia’.When it becomes dehydrated or damaged in any way it can put restrictions on parts of your body – which can affect our muscle health but also our digestive system, immune system and emotional health. Just to be clear, it connects EVERYTHING inside us, and by manually releasing it we can release muscles and joints, restoring the body’s natural balance. Its often quite a deep technique depending on where the problem lies and although it can be uncomfortable I’ve had some of my best results using it.
Joint Mobilisations: I’ve had lots of runners come to see me with aching knees and hips and an effective treatment generally includes some level of joint mobilisations. We’ll take your joints through their motions and identify any restrictions or areas where they’re not working as they should. The aim is to get your joints reaching their healthy range of motion again by working on your tendons, muscles and ligaments while helping strengthen any muscles that might not be pulling their weight.
Trigger Point Therapy: We generally all build up trigger points in our bodies – they’re tight, tender points in the muscle and fascia and they can refer pain throughout the body – they’re tricky little things! The good news is that treatment can give relief in minutes – the bad news is that they can be a bit painful. But once they’re gone, you’ll feel the difference!
Electrotherapy: Although it can sound a little bit scary, Electrotherapy is a brilliant therapy tool. Great for helping relax painful muscle spasms, managing pain and rehabilitating muscles. When combined with Ultrasound it also helps identify and treat trigger points – I don’t use it in every treatment but when combined with manual therapies it has proved really effective for a number of my patients.
Therapeutic Ultrasound: Ultrasound is simply very high frequency sound waves and I use them predominantly to help encourage the healing process by increasing blood flow to the area and helping soften scar tissue – treatments that are great when I’m presented with someone that’s just injured themselves or has acute Plantar Fascitis for example, which I can’t manipulate by hand due to the pain being too much. Ultrasound is so gentle that you most likely won’t even feel it!
Lymphatic Drainage: An extremely gentle form of massage – this helps move waste products through the body. This involves very gentle movement of the top layers of skin where the majority of the lymphatic system is situated. Good for use on injuries as it can help with swelling around injured muscle & broken bones.
Rock Taping: Kinesiology taping is simply adhesive elasticated bandage with more grip! Its great for helping prolong the effects of a deep tissue treatment and can also offer support when treating injuries and painful muscles. Just another tool to help you improve and repair on your Sports Therapy journey!
So thats a few of my tools that I use to help you feel better – although there are plenty more where they came from!