Mobilization is applied to stiff joints in order to restore range of motion, relieve pain and reduce muscle tension. This procedure consists of small passive movements, usually applied as a series of gentle stretches in a smooth, rhythmic fashion to the involved joints.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (Graston)
The Graston Technique uses specially-designed stainless steel instruments, along with appropriate therapeutic exercise, so that allows us to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. The instruments also are used diagnostically to follow the kinetic chain, to locate and treat the cause of the symptom as well as the specific area of pain.
Trigger Point Therapy (Ischemic Compression)
With this procedure, deep manual pressure is applied to and held on sensitive pressure points within muscles. Trigger point therapy is used to relieve painful trigger points.
How do overuse conditions occur? Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
- Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
- Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
- Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
Massage therapy is the assessment and treatment of the soft tissues and joints of the body by hands-on manipulation. Massage can be defined as the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for therapeutic purposes. It uses a system of strokes that include gliding, kneading, friction, pressure, tapping and vibrating.
The Benefits Of Massage
- Stretches superficial tissue.
- Assists lymphatic and venous flow.
- Helps to break up and loosen subcutaneous tissue adhesions.
- Can help reduce certain types of edema.
- Stimulates the sensory receptors (nerves) of the skin and deeper tissue.
Massage Therapy Is Recommended For
- Relief of chronic stress/tension.
- Relief of pain/spasm.
- Repetitive strain injuries.
- Sprains/strains/athletic injuries.
- Pregnancy discomforts/post partum.
- Postural disorders/muscle rehabilitation.
- Lymphatic drainage.
- Improved circulation.