Our therapists can use a variety of soft tissue techniques or massage with the aim of relaxing muscles, reducing pain, restoring normal movement and facilitating healing.
These techniques may include Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release and muscle energy techniques.
Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping.
Deep tissue massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibres that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
Myofascial release. This involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the fascia or connective tissue that surrounds and connects muscles, tendons and ligaments. It is used to break down restrictions in connective tissue and thus eliminate pain and restore motion.
Muscle energy techniques. This technique requires work from both the patient and therapist. It is used to relax muscles and increase joint range of motion. The therapist takes the restricted body part to the point where the tight muscle stops the movement. The patient then performs an isometric muscle contraction against resistance applied by the therapist for 10 seconds. Once the patient releases the contraction, the body part can usually be moved further into the range.