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Trigger Point Therapy

Trauma occurs to the soft tissues by overuse, adaptive shortening, postural imbalance, strains, stress or nutritional deficits. This trauma leaves the soft tissues in a state of involuntary spasm, leading to pain and a restriction of movement. This spasm triggers a ‘trigger point’ to form in the soft tissue structure which will feel like a knot. Deactivation of these trigger points will:

Reduce local and referred pain patterns
Restore muscle imbalances
Increase soft tissue mobility
Improve circulation
Provides a local and general relaxation
Increase flexibility of the affected muscle
Improve range of movement (ROM)
Soft Tissue Release

This is an advanced and very specific sports massage technique. It’s a combination of stretching and deep friction that illicits a specific stretch to a muscle. It’s commonly used with frictions to;

Reduce adhesions in soft tissue structures
Improves local circulation
Increases functional ROM
Develops flexibility in tight muscles and muscle groups
Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) stretching

MET is a form of passive stretching from the world of osteopathic techniques. MET’s target the soft tissues primarily, although it also makes a major contribution towards joint mobilisation. The purpose of MET stretching is to improve a client’s flexibility and therefore range of movement at a joint.Its effects are:
Releases muscle spasms
Decreases muscle hypertonicity (tension)
Improves muscle flexibility
Restores muscle balance
Frictions

This technique is directed pressure over soft tissues that manipulate their structure by softening up adhesions and returning the muscle back to its full function. Along with Soft Tissue Release, it provides a stretch to a highly specific area of tissues. Its effects are;

Reduces congestion in a local area
Increases local circulation
Reduces the effect of scar tissue post injury
Improves the mobility of soft tissues

MASSAGE THERAPY IS ALSO THOUGHT TO INDUCE A RELAXATION RESPONSE, WHICH LOWERS THE HEART RATE, RESPIRATORY RATE, AND BLOOD PRESSURE; BOOSTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM; AND GENERALLY DECREASES THE PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF STRESS.

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