Remedial massage provides a healing treatment for muscles that have become knotted and tense or damaged.
Katrina as your massage therapist will work to identify the original biomechanical dysfunction so that the cause of the symptoms can be treated simultaneously with the symptoms themselves.
She will employ several specialised techniques to locate and repair damage to:
This form of therapy supports and enhances the body’s own repair mechanisms.
The key benefits Katrina will be working towards for your body will be:
- Stimulation to blood supply to allow removal of toxins in the muscle,
- Calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort,
- Toning and relaxation of muscles to improve joint mobility,
- Deactivation of trigger points,
- Releasing of muscular tension, adhesions and “knots”.
- Massage decreases Cortisol while increasing Serotonin and Dopamine. Serotonin and Dopamine are your “feel good” hormones. So an added benefit of massage therapy is stress reduction!
- Touch Blocks Pain – Pain signals are modulated in the spinal cord and directed to the brain stem. Massage releases endorphins that inhibit pain transmission in the brain stem.
- Massage can relieve muscle pain by half – This is not a wild claim! Studies have suggested through a randomized, controlled trial that massage is capable of reducing myalgia symptoms by approximately 25% to 50% (varying with assessment techniques).
A trigger point is a contraction or commonly called ‘knot’ in the muscles of the body. There two types of trigger points, active and latent.
An active trigger point creates referral pain in the body that generally follows a specific pain pattern.
A latent trigger point is where the muscle contraction or ‘knot’ is progressing towards creating specific referral pain. This is the best time for intervention. Release of the trigger point in the muscle/s enables relief and release of the
muscle and therefore pain relief.
When these ‘knots’ progress from latent to active over a period of time, it is necessary to provide several treatments and then maintenance to receive ongoing benefits and relief and to prevent reoccurrence of the problem.
An active trigger point is recognized as a localized area of deep tenderness within a taut band of muscle. It exhibits a local twitch response or jump sign in response to digital stimuli or dry needling.
A latent trigger point is recognized as a muscle shortening and pain only occurs with the application of external pressure.
It is thought that these may be contributing factors:
- Muscle overload,
- Prolonged muscle contractions or nerve compression,
- Stress and Illness,
- Increased or altered muscle demands,
- Biomechanical imbalances (postural concerns).