The main benefits of remedial and sports massage forfar include:
Reduction of muscle stiffness
Reduction in pain
Improved range of movement
Improved body awareness, including posture
Improved alignment of scar tissue
Improved recovery and rehabilitation from injury
Enhanced recovery following exercise
Increased blood flow
Maintain athlete’s well-being
Remedial and sports massage forfar therapy uses specialised techniques to target areas causing an issue to the client such as:
Myofascial release – MFR is a technique to release restrictions such as trigger points, muscle tightness and dysfunctions in soft tissue that may cause pain and restrict movement. MFR focuses on the fascia that surrounds all structures in the body and enables the therapist to locate, evaluate and treat fascial restrictions. The technique aims to increase range of motion, decrease pain and increase fascial mobility.
Trigger point therapy – TPF is used to treat areas of hyperirritability in a tissue that is sensitive when compressed, and may cause referred pain and tenderness.
Soft tissue release – STR is a technique for stretching soft tissues, primarily muscles, fascia and tendons. STR helps localise a stretch to those fibres in the muscle that need lengthening.
Neuromuscular techniques – NMT is a specialised form of deep tissue massage in which digital pressure and friction are used to release areas of strain in the muscle.
Muscle energy techniques – MET is based on the principles of reciprocal inhibition, which is that muscles on one side of a joint will always relax to accommodate the contraction of muscles on the other side of that joint when indirect pressure is applied; and post isometric relaxation (PIR) to relax the muscle after an isometric contraction. MET is often used to treat muscle spasm. MET are also used to relax and lengthen muscles and to improve range of movement (ROM).
Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation – PNF stretching techniques use active muscle contraction to reduce muscle tension by stimulating neuromuscular reflexes that control muscle tone.
Deep transverse frictions – DTF are applied directly and vigorously to the lesion. Application is transverse to the direction of the tendon/ligament/muscle fibres and can be used after an injury and for mechanical overuse in tendons and ligaments. DTF stimulates the connective tissue, which encourages regeneration in the area, this is largely due to the action of inflammatory process on vascular, lymphatic, endothelial cells and fibroblasts; it also has an analgesic effect.
Positional release therapy – PRT uses body positioning to relieve pain and achieve physical and mental balance.