Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are described as hyperirritable spots in muscle and are a common cause of pain. Trigger point therapy uses compression to release the tight tissues, eliciting tenderness and often referred pain. Trained practitioners understand the referred pain patterns and are able to associate locations with specific points elsewhere on the body, tailoring treatments as needed.
Deep Tissue Massage
Designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia, deep tissue massage is recommended for individuals experiencing consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, such as athletes and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is not uncommon for clients to feel sore for a day or two following the treatment. Click Here to Read More!
A form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction, accompanying pain and restriction of motion, myofascial release increases circulation, venous and lymphatic drainage, and stimulates the stretch reflex of muscles.
A form of Swedish massage, sports massage focuses on increasing blood and lymphatic fluid flow, reducing and eliminating pain as well as tender trigger points, and increasing range of motion of the affected area. Sports massages can be broken into four distinct types: pre-event massage, post-event massage, restorative sports massage, and rehabilitative sports massage.
Credited to Henrik Ling and Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger, Swedish massage is known to help increase circulation, as well as assist in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improve an array of functions including osteoarthritis in knee patients over the course of treatment. While not actually Swedish in nature, the five major massage strokes have French names: effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber), and vibration/shaking.
An alternative treatment used by osteopaths, massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, and occupational therapists, craniosacral therapy involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient, allowing them to tune into what is referred to as the craniosacral system. The practitioner gently works with the spine, the skull and its cranial sutures, as well as the diaphragm, and fascia. This helps ease nerve passage restrictions, assisting in the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord. The treatment helps realign bones and tissue, restoring proper function and position. Craniosacral therapists use the treatment to help patients manage mental stress, neck and back pain, migraines, and TMJ syndrome, as well as for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.