Here are 5 examples of the kinds of remedial massage techniques you may encounter while on our table. At Muscle Freedom, we are constantly looking for ways to improve the service we offer to achieve optimal results for our clients. We treat a vast range of conditions, and as such, require a vast arsenal of tools at our disposal to combat muscular problems.
1) Dry Needling
This remedial massage technique should not to be confused with acupuncture. Dry needling involves inserting a hair fine, sterile needle into a trigger point to release pain and tightness. It also strengthens tendons and ligaments by inducing a local inflammatory response to the disturbed tissue.
Dry needling can help with all types of muscle injuries, including tennis elbow, tension headaches and sciatica. So, does it hurt? When the needle hits the trigger point you may feel a twitch and some clients feel a deep aching or burning sensation. It may feel like the muscle has tightened or “cramped”. Referred pain is common, so remember this is a good sign that the needle is doing its job.
2) Myofascial cupping
This traditional Chinese massage technique creates negative pressure using cupping tools that stretch the soft tissue and improve the range of motion, blood supply and heat to the treated area. Cupping also increases the movement of fluids, thereby helping with recovery, and provides nutrient-rich blood supply to the affected area. By stimulating the central nervous system, myofascial cupping reduces muscle tension. Best of all, it’s pain-free.
First used by acupuncturists and chiropractors in Japan, today kinesiology tape is used by a wide variety of health professionals to treat injuries and pain. Unlike traditional athletic tape that binds and doesn’t stretch, RockTape is engineered to mimic human skin. RockTape can be used as a remedial massage technique to support areas where tissue has been strained, torn, weakened or lengthened.
Sam recently undertook a course to learn more about RockBlades, made by the same manufacturers of RockTape. These powerful soft-tissue instruments are designed to deliver superior patient outcomes by really targeting any underlying muscular issues. Ask Sam for a demo the next time you are on the table.
5) Laser therapy
In some cases, your remedial massage or myotherapist may suggest using laser therapy to achieve faster health outcomes in the treatment of pain. Our laser device uses wavelengths of light on trigger points to provide pain relief, reduce inflammation, and promote soft tissue repair.
At Muscle Freedom, we are specialists in treating and maintaining muscles. Please book in for a treatment at www.musclefreedom.com.au or call (03) 9598 4873.