A new concept in bodywork and massage - Pain Free deep-tissue Orthopaedic Sports Massage.

What is Orthopaedic Massage?

Orthopaedic Massage involves the assessment and treatment of the structures (tissues) that move the body (locomotor tissues). These include muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, fascia, joints and cartilage. Orthopaedic Massage addresses a range of tissue dysfunctions that cause pain and discomfort, restrict movement, reduce quality of life and affect sports performance.

Why Pain Free?

When something hurts our natural response is to tense up for protection. When one of the primary goals in treatment is to reduce muscle tension, causing reflexive muscle tension in response to pain is counter productive. Current work being shared by World Fascial Congress (www.fasciacongress.org) is revealing startling new insights into the functions of fascia, a previously overlooked tissue, that has massive implications in the field if massage. Incredible research is showing that fascia stiffens to resist excessive force. Aggressive manual therapy causes unnecessary pain, can damage tissue (seen as bruising) and is ultimately less successful in achieving positive therapeutic outcomes.

Orthopaedic Massage works by releasing each layer of tissue to access deeper tissues without the need for excessive force, thus avoiding pain while working some of the deepest lying tissues in the body.

What can be treated?

Orthopaedic Massage uses a variety of deep-tissue techniques to increase joint mobility, to address muscle imbalance, treat musculoskeletal pain conditions, postural dysfunctions, sub-acute and chronic  sports injuries, overuse and repetitive strain injuries.

Whats involved in a treatment session?

A treatment session is usually an hour in duration. The first session starts with assessment. This will involve discussion, postural assessment, range of motion and special Orthopeadic tests (e.g. Passive joint movement, muscle resistance testing) as appropriate.

It is recommended that clients bring sports shorts to change into and a sports bra for female clients.

The treatment strategy is devised based on the assessment and is discussed prior to treatment. A range of soft tissue techniques such as - Myofascial Massage, Soft Tissue Release, Neuromuscular Technique, Scar Tissue Rehabilitation and Muscle Energy Technique are applied and explained with frequent reference to comfort levels.

Home care is than discussed. This may involve the application of Kinesio Tape, training recommendations, stretching exercises, strength training with resistance bands or a combination of all four. Options for follow up treatment will also be discussed.

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