Sports Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy

At the start of each session I carry our a full assessment of the injury presented. From there an individual treatment plan will be discussed and agreed with the client. Each session lasts an hour. Techniques used during a session may include:

  • Trigger point therapy
  • Soft tissue release
  • Muscle energy technique
  • Positional release
  • Dry needling
  • Electro-stimulation dry needling
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Myofascial release

Please visit the FAQ's page to find out more about the benefits of massage.

Sports Massage

Dry Needling

Dry Needling is the insertion of single use, sterile, acupuncture needles into muscular trigger points. This can be combined with more traditional massage techniques during a treatment. The addition of Dry Needling can improve results and reduce pain faster. Dry Needling can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions including repetitive strain injuries, joint, muscle, ligament or tendon injuries, sports or occupational injuries and chronic pain.

Please see FAQ's for more detailed information on Dry Needling.

Dry Needling Therapy

Massage Cup

For most injury scenarios, the use of the massage cup makes an excellent addition to a treatment. Traditionally massage cups are suctioned onto the skin and left in place for up to 3 minutes creating a circular bruise. I, however, use a massage cup as an extension of my hands keeping it moving across the skin. After treatment the skin may be red for a few minutes when the fascia is really tight but it does not create bruising. The benefits of using the cup in this way are that it improves circulation, stretches tight fascia and break down adhesions or old scar tissue. This combined method of hands and cup can work deep into fascial and connective tissue adhesions more effectively and less painfully than deep tissue massage with the hands alone.

Dry Needling Therapy

Massage Scraper

The massage scraper, like the cup, is excellent at releasing fascia and breaking down adhesions and old scar tissue, knots and trigger points. Where the massage cup can be used effectively and quickly over a large area, the scraper is much more efficient for localised tightness. It can work effectively and less painfully than working deeply with fingers.

Dry Needling Therapy

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

MDL is a gentle, flowing, rhythmic massage designed to increase the flow of the lymphatic system and relax the sympathetic nervous system. The lymphatic system facilitates the removal of waste, excess water, toxins, bacteria, large proteins and foreign substances from the fluid surrounding the cells of the body. The lymphatic system draws this fluid into its vessels where the lymphatic nodes, containing white blood cells, filter and clean the fluid before returning it to the circulatory system. By stimulating the lymphatic system and relaxing the sympathetic nervous system, MLD has a powerful cleansing, relaxing, pain relieving and immunological affect on the body. Please look at FAQ's for further information on the lymphatic system and MLD.

MLD is beneficial for the following:

  • Anyone who is always a bit under the weather or can't shift that cough or cold
  • Fatigue or constant tiredness
  • Swollen ankles, puffy knees or other areas with excess fluid
  • Some skin disorders
  • Headaches
  • Sinus congestion
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Before and after surgery
  • Speed up healing and ink breakdown after laser tattoo removal
  • Before and after long haul flights
  • Post mastectomy
  • As part of a general detoxification program
  • Relaxing the body and boosting the immune system

Please see FAQ's for more detailed information on the Lymphatic System.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage