The most common type of massage. Swedish massage combines various hands-on techniques including gliding, kneading, and cross-fiber friction to break up scar tissue, called adhesions. Passive stretching and range of motion movements may also be used.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
It all begins with a structural/postural evaluation. Noted body postural distortions and compensation patterns will lead your therapist to the best areas to treat in order to bring about a balanced functioning nervous (neuro) and muscular system. In a healthy individual, nerves transmit impulses (which are responsible for every movement, function and thought) to the body very slowly. Injury, trauma, postural distortion or stress cause nerves to speed up their transmission, inhibiting equilibrium and making the body vulnerable to pain and dysfunction. NMT assists the nerves in “chilling out”, in turn returning to a more pre-trauma state.
Trigger Point Therapy
Designed to treat painful irritated areas in muscle and fascia (surrounding soft tissues) that can cause spasm and pain to not only its host tissues, but can refer pain and dysfunction to nearby or distant sites. Trigger Point Therapy involves applying focused pressure to a degree well within your tolerance, to the trigger point thereby inactivating its noxious input into the nervous system alleviating symptoms. This is often followed by stretching to reset shortened tissues to remain closer to their new found normal, more functional length.
Myofascial Release (MFR)
Treats the fascia, the most abundant tissue in the body. Fascia is a connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, binding some structures together, while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other. Following injury, postural factors or long periods of inactivity, this tissue loses it pliability and elasticity and can cause pain, discomfort and limit movement and perpetuate poor posture. Using rather slow specific strokes or stretches which “engage” the affected fascial tissue, we can coax it to return to a more healthy functional state releasing it’s adverse effect on neighboring structures.
Muscle Energy Techniques (MET)
This is is a manual therapy that uses the gentle muscle contractions of the patient to relax and lengthen muscles and normalize joint motion. To define it specifically, it is “a direct manipulative procedure that uses a voluntary contraction of the patient’s muscles against a distinctly controlled counterforce from a precise position and in a specific direction”. It is considered an active technique, as opposed to a passive technique where only the therapist does the work. MET is effective treatment for individuals who have a limited range of motion due to back, neck and shoulder pain, scoliosis, sciatica, unsymmetrical legs, hips or arms (for example, when one is longer or higher than the other), or to treat chronic muscle pain, stiffness or injury.