Treatment for Chronic Pain
Dealing with pain can have a huge impact on your life, particularly if you have been coping with it for some time. Pain and restriction can limit your ability to exercise and enjoy the things that you love doing. It can also reduce your energy levels and affect your mood and emotional well-being. When your body is out of balance, whether it is due to injury, repetitive strain, scar tissue, poor posture or the physical effects of emotional trauma, it can lead to restrictions and adhesions within the soft tissue. These can develop over time and lead to pain either at the sight of dysfunction or in other areas of the body.
Bodywork aims to release these adhesions and restrictions so that your body can return to its natural, normal state of well-being and function. A combination of treatments can be used including sports massage, myofascial release, medical acupuncture, trigger point therapy, soft tissue release, stretching and hot and cold treatment. Treatment plans are tailor-made to the individual and include a thorough assessment and home care advice to promote management and recovery.
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is an over-contracted area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body.
A trigger point in the back, for example, may produce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache and because the head is shouting the loudest, you may not realise the source of pain is coming from your back.
Trigger point therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. The results and benefits of trigger point therapy are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain.
Trigger point therapy can really help with decreasing pain and is a natural, drug-free way of managing pain and stress. The good news is that you can learn to do trigger point therapy on yourself, it is simple, easy and effective.
Sports massage therapy helps to alleviate the stress, pain and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse or postural imbalances, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, Sports Massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, keep-fitter or a once a week jogger.
This treatment is not just for the sportsperson: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people with musculoskeletal pain, perhaps from a physically demanding job or those with occupational, lifestyle, emotional and postural stress.
Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction and trigger point release techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu. Bringing together this blend of techniques, as well as knowledge and advice during and after treatment, Sports Massage can lead to very effective recovery, enhanced performance and injury-free training and lifestyle.
Deep Tissue Massage
For those who want to ‘feel the massage’. Deep Tissue massage aims to treat specifically by sinking deep into the tissue, slowly moving through the fibres and ‘ironing out the tissue’. Forearms, fists and sometimes knees are used to achieve reduced pain, improved range of movement and comfort.
Massage gives many physiological and psychological benefits. Blood and lymph circulations are affected, speeding up nutrition and elimination of waste products in the tissues thus improving function and accelerating the healing process. Tired, tense muscles benefit and joint mobility is often increased. Massage can induce a deep state of relaxation, particularly beneficial if you are stressed or anxious, resting and calming the mind.
Holistic Massage aims to promote health and transformation on all levels. It balances all elements in the body- physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual and creates harmony between the individual and the environment. Helping to restore balance and harmony, the body’s own healing energies are released promoting a feeling of wellbeing. Physical and emotional trauma may be remembered on a deeply subconscious level causing tension in the body and mind. Negative emotions can block the energy, closing the mind and bringing tension to the muscles causing an imbalance all over our bodies. Massage not only relaxes the body, releasing energy blocks, but also the mind. Depression can be lifted, anxiety and stress are eased.
Pregnancy massage is similar in many ways to a normal massage, the main difference being that massage techniques used in pregnancy are adapted to maintain the wellbeing of mother and child.
Techniques can vary from a firmer treatment to relieve pain and discomfort, or a softer massage to help relax the expectant mother.
Before your massage, you’ll be asked questions on your pregnancy and the type of treatment you’d like.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is a specialist type of massage therapy that involves the use of smooth, heated basalt stones.
As well as placing hot stones on the body, the heated stones are used as an extension of the therapist’s hands, kneading and gliding over sore and tired muscles. Muscle and fascia relax quicker due to the heat of the stones.
Hot Stone Massage is a perfect way to nurture your body and mind.
It will bring an intense feel good factor leaving you feeling pampered. Hot Stone Massage is designed to work on muscle tension to the deepest level, and to make you feel relaxed, liberated and restored.
Myofascial Release (MFR) is used for the effective treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue and fascial aches, pains, tension and restrictions.
Myofascia is the connective tissue (fascia) in and around muscles (Myo = Muscle) . Myofascial release is an application used to alleviate tension, restrictions and adhesions in the myofascia in order to restore balance and function. Myofascial release is generally used at the beginning of the treatment with no or little wax or incorporated into the majority of the treatment to get effective results.
Tool Assisted Massage
Tool Assisted Massage can be incorporated to enhance the treatment. The tool known as ‘the Dolphin’ is a Stainless steel ‘blade’ (it’s not as scary as it sounds!) which is used to work over the tissue to give improved feedback, increase treatment effectiveness and maximise the healing process. The tool is very useful for tendinopathies, fascial syndromes, entrapment syndromes, ligament pain, scar tissue and breaking down adhesions.
Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling)
Western medical acupuncture (or Dry needling) involves the insertion of fine needles into the muscle; Medical Acupuncture is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture (TCM) using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence-based medicine. Acupuncture needles are carefully inserted into the ‘trigger points’ within a muscle to release tension and pain. Clients often report having a feeling of relaxation during the treatment.
Electro-acupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. Needles are inserted into specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated. Electro-acupuncture uses two needles at a time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. The aim of Electro-Acupuncture is to reduce your pain.
Table Tai is a treatment adjusted from the traditional Tai yoga massage practice adapted for the treatment couch. It incorporates facilitated stretching, yoga positions and energy release. Forearms, fists, knuckles or knees are used for a highly effective treatment aimed at reducing pain, increasing movement and well-being.
Maximising on the benefits of assisted stretching- something you can’t do on your own! Assisted stretching incorporates a variety of stretching techniques including Soft Tissue Release and PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) aimed to increase comfort and mobilisation, decrease pain and prevent further injury. Can be carried out fully clothed as a stand-alone treatment or incorporated into your time on the massage couch.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Often referred to as “Psychological acupressure”, Emotional Freedom Technique works by releasing blockages within the energy system which are the source of emotional intensity, pain and discomfort.
These blockages in our energy system, in addition to challenging us emotionally, often lead to limiting beliefs and behaviours and an inability to live life harmoniously. Resulting symptoms are either emotional and/or physical and include lack of confidence and self-esteem, feeling stuck, anxious or depressed, or the emergence of compulsive and addictive behaviours and pain.
Emotional disharmony can be a key factor in physical symptoms and dis-ease and for this reason these techniques can be used on physical issues, including pain. An EFT treatment involves the use of fingertips to tap on the endpoints of energy meridians whilst repeating a ‘set-up statement’ linked to the area in which you are working on.
The treatment is non-invasive and works on the ethos of making change as simple and as pain-free as possible.