Myofacial (muscle tissue) release is aimed at restoring proper body alignment through elongation and release of myofascial tissue. A slow direct pressure is utilized in conjunction with movement to achieve increased flexibility and range of motion and pain reduction.
Fascia is connective tissue that exists throughout the body, in and around muscles, bones, joints, organs, blood vessels, and our nervous system (see picture). Fascia provides strength and support and a large part of the system that stores water and delivers it throughout the body. Muscle and joint movement and flexibility are dependent on the integrity and health of fascia. If fascia is not well hydrated, it becomes tight and adheres to itself as well as the tissue around it - making muscles and joints tight, stiff, and sometimes painful.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
Neuromuscular therapy utilizes specific manipulation of soft tissue, static pressure, myofascial release, release of trigger points and stretching to restore a healthy balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. Trauma, stress of injury, and posture distortions can overstimulate the nervous system
and create an imbalance between the two systems, making your body more susceptible to dysfunction and chronic pain.
Trigger points are areas of hyper-irritability in muscle tissue that give rise to referred pain. For example, pain in the thigh may indicate the presense a trigger point in muscles around the hip (see diagram above). Trigger points can be very tender when compressed and are often caused by decreased blood flow (ischemia), which creates a build up of metabolic waste and irritated nerve endings, leading to chronic pain.
The focus of NMT is to release trigger points and lengthen muscle tissue, restoring blood flow and nutrient supply, increasing flexibility and realigning posture.
Sports massage is geared toward the active person and athlete of any level seeking improved flexibility and range of motion, reduced muscle soreness and fatigue, reduced risk of injury, improved endurance and performance, and quicker recovery time. It's valuable for pre-event warm up and relaxation and for post-event recovery and soreness reduction.
Swedish massage employs long, flowing strokes with the hand and forearm, compression, vibration and broad kneading using the palm of the hand and fingers, or circular, lengthwise and across motion pressure to relax muscles. The benefits are more than just relaxation; as with other techniques Swedish massage increases blood flow through the body, boosts the immune system, decreases stress and elongates muscles.
Consider massage for these conditions:
- Forward head posture
- Posture imbalance
- Muscle tension and soreness
- Pain associated with disk problems
- Orthopedic rehab
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- TMJ dysfunction
- Sciatic pain
- Rotator cuff pain
- Plantar fasciitis