Massage Therapy is a hands on treatment which addresses tension, pain or injury affecting the muscles and other soft tissues. Massage therapy can help to promote relaxation and well-being, and reduce anxiety and stress. It can also help to treat muscle pain in the upper and lower back, arms, shoulders, and lower limbs, and may be used by sports people to warm up or down before and after matches and events.
Neuromuscular therapy involves a thorough examination of the body’s soft tissues, and treatment of injuries and chronic pain, using various hands-on techniques. It can identify and address the causes of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, such as tight tissue, reduced blood flow, hyper-sensitive points within the muscles, poor breathing patterns, posture and gait. Neuromuscular therapy is a holistic form of treatment which includes assessment of the patient’s lifestyle, job and nutrition in order to provide an effective treatment plan
Dry needling involves inserting micro-thin needles into trigger points to relieve pain and improve blood flow. It a western medical technique for relief of musculoskeletal pain in combination with other forms of therapy, and is very different to acupuncture which is based on eastern medicine, and is used to treat a wider range of health problems.
Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, Muscle Energy Technique & Positional Release
Myofascial trigger point therapy uses strong manual pressure to relieve pain. A trigger point is a tight band of muscle fibre that causes tenderness and restricted range of motion. Applying precise pressure to the trigger point, or using a broader manual release of the connective tissue around the trigger point, increases the ease and range of movement in the associated muscle and joint. It is particularly useful for problems affecting the upper back and neck.
Muscle energy technique uses gentle muscle contraction to relax and lengthen muscles and normalise joint motion. Specifically, it uses the voluntary contraction of the patients muscle against a therapists controlled counter pressure from a precise position. It is particularly useful for people with very tight or shortened hamstrings
Positional release is a gentle technique in which the affected area is put in a position of ease by using movement and breathing technoques. It can reduce stiffness in joints and muscles, and pain and release muscle spasm. It is particulary useful for shoulder pain, and is a good treatment option where other manual therapies may cause too much pain or discomfort.
For more information about any of these therapies, or to make an appointment, please contact Mark at the Lismore Clinic on (086)176 2170 or visit www.thelismoreclinic.ie.