We use many approaches to support you
- deep tissue massage
No single approach works for everyone, and we tailor our treatment methods to your individual needs based on the results of your examination. We use a combination of traditional massage (including Effleurage and kneading), as well as cross-fiber, inhibition, friction and facilitated stretching. In addition to these massage approaches, we use physiotherapy and osteopathy techniques like static and contract-relax stretching, gentle harmonic joint-rocking, and short lever joint-freeing techniques to improve the mobility of your body’s tissues.
Of particular interest to athletes is the use of sports tape. We use tape to perform 3 goals, firstly to promote drainage, secondly to reduce sensitivity, (although if like Alex you have hairy legs then the removal of the tape is painful) and as a means of drawing further attention to the injured area.
Ultrasound is borrowed from physiotherapy and uses mechanical energy in vibrations of either 1000000 or 3000000 a second, or 1 or 3 MHz. These frequencies cannot even be heard by a bat, however, they oscillate protein-rich tissues like bones, ligament, tendon, and fascia.
How We Treat
We look at you from head-to-toe, considering your posture, shape of your feet and ankles, the alignment and congruency of your knee joints, the position and asymmetry of your pelvic bones, the three dimensional curvature of your spine, relative balance between the front and back compartments of your body, the impact that your ribs, diaphragm and secondary muscles of breathing have on your posture, the way your body copes with straightening and flexing itself, the position of your sacrum and occiput to name but a few.
For example, runners with an underactive Glute Max muscle can recruit other muscles which can support Glute Max in its role in straightening the body, i.e. spinal extensors, Hamstrings and quads which then can predispose them to one of the helper muscles taking over the lead role potentially leading to pain and overuse.