Soft Tissue Therapy
Soft-tissue therapy combines a range of manual techniques such as massage to address pain and dysfunction in the body. Have a look below to learn more about the techniques I use in my clinics in Bangor and Y Felinheli.
Soft-tissue therapy can be used to treat any injury that involves the soft tissue of the body like muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments. This includes common problems such as:
- Back and neck pain
- Shoulder injuries
- Foot pain and ankle injuries
- Knee pain and hip pain
I also show you exercises and stretches as well as simple lifestyle changes so that you can continue improving these problems yourself.
The techniques I use:
When treating clients for pain and injury I usually use a combination of the following techniques:
Deep tissue massage – Deep tissue massage can reduce pain and promote healing by increasing blood flow to the muscles and breaking down scar tissue.
Sports massage – Sports massage targets specific muscles and sports injuries. There is a lot of cross-over between sports massage and deep tissue massage, and my treatments will use a combination of both based on your individual needs.
Trigger point therapy – Sometimes referred to as Neuromuscular Therapy. Trigger points are spots in the muscles linked to pain, injury and disfunction. Applying firm pressure to specific points can bring pain relief and better movement.
Myofascial release – Fascia is the thin connective tissue that lies in between the skin and the muscles as well as wrapping around the bundles of muscle fibres. Although it does not make up much of the body’s volume, the state of the fascia can have an enormous impact on the rest of the body. Myofascial release aims to reduce restrictions and adhesions in the fascial network to reduce pain and allow you to move with greater ease.
Muscle Energy Techniques – The aim of METs is to increase the length of the muscles. If muscles are too short they restrict movement and through the body out of alignment, causing or exacerbating pain and injury. METs can be an effective way to restore normal length to your muscles to reduce these problems.
Corrective Exercises – I can recommend stretches and strengthening exercises to address weaknesses, imbalances and postural issues that are affecting your body. I believe these correctives are critical for getting to the root cause of your pain and injury and helping you to move better and with less pain in the long term.