As mentioned on our Sports Massage page
, Physio Leeds / Fit4Work have teamed up with Gerry Andrews, a holistic massage expert who can help you with the following:
This therapeutic massage aims to stimulate a sense of wellbeing, improves the blood circulation, relaxes tense muscles and calms the nervous system.
Therapeutic massage stimulates the production of the body’s own ‘pain relief’ (hormones such as endorphins and serotonin), and suppresses the production of stress hormones of cortisol and adrenaline.
Aside from sports massage, Gerry offers a seated acupressure chair massage or Indian head massage that is great for the workplace, at events, or in the comfort of your own home.
Over loading muscles, tendons and ligaments with repetitive movements can cause pain and stiffness.
This treatment combines deep tissue massage, neuromuscular techniques, joint mobilisation and stretching and manual lymph drainage.
Used as pre and post event sports massage, the repair treatment can help you prepare for an event or to aid recovery and rehabilitation.
Take the first steps on your road to recovery by contacting Fit 4 Work…
Your Physio May Utilize The Following Soft Tissue Manipulation Methods:
Remedial massage is a natural therapy for treating many kinds of muscle injury, increasing lymphatic flow and relaxation for the patient. We use remedial massage techniques to break down adhesion’s and fibrous tissue, created by scar tissue causing problems in tissue function.
Massage is able to stretch specific localized areas of tissue in a way that may not be possible with functional exercise. Regardless of functional range, deep tissue massage can stretch the tissues by drawing them apart and in all possible directions. Even when stretching is not the specific aim of physiotherapy treatment, patients invariably find that they have a much greater range of freedom and movement after receiving soft manipulation techniques, due to the stretching effect of massage.
Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) are manipulative treatments in which a patient, on request, actively uses his or her muscles from a controlled position in a specific direction against a distinct counter force. This counter force may be applied by your physiotherapist or by an object in close range.
Neuromuscular Techniques & Myofascial Release
Neuromuscular Techniques offer an effective and proven method of soft tissue manipulation involving thumb/finger application. We may use this technique to assess and treat myofascial dysfunction for improving general function through releasing muscle tension. More specifically, the application of neuromuscular techniques will assist in the elimination of myofascial trigger point activity.
The musculoskeletal system consists of soft tissues, muscle, fascia, and tendons, which attach across joints to the skeleton. Muscles contract and relax to maintain posture and provide movement. They are attached to bones by tendons and aponeuroses, which are thickened extensions of the muscle fascia. Fascia is all- encompassing. It packages, supports and envelops all the body’s muscles and organs. It separates different muscles yet allows them to glide smoothly beside each other and lymphatic vessels.
Fascia therefore plays a key role in maintaining the health of the muscle. If the fascia has become torn or over-stressed its subsequent loss of elasticity will cause and maintain chronic tissue congestion.
Once the requirement of soft tissue manipulation has been diagnosed, we may use one or more of the above techniques in restoring the musculoskeletal system to its normal self, which in turn will help restore correct posture & comfort.
These may be used in combination with electrotherapy or massage, as particular treatment protocols work hand in hand with other therapies to give greater results than other practitioners who may have failed using a single method.