PHYSICAL THERAPY AND MASSAGE THERAPY

Physical Therapy and Sports Massage

Treating all types of pain and injury from all walks of life, I offer a science based, hands-on therapeutic approach to minor soft tissue injury, muscular dysfunction and myofascial trigger points. The therapy I use is effective on painful conditions such as sprains/strains, low back pain, sciatica, back/neck and shoulder pain, repetitive stress disorders, varying types of sports injuries, like Runnerís Knee, shin splints, and rotator cuff problems, but to name a few.

I use non-invasive soft tissue manipulation for anyone suffering somatic dysfunction via the use of neuromuscular physical therapy, and to address the ongoing tasks of preventing and limiting injuries. In using trigger point therapy, along with myofascial release techniques, great success can be achieved with pain management of some conditions that sometimes defy conventional medical diagnoses/treatment; such as myofascial pain syndrome and fibromylgia.

What is a Trigger Point?

When muscle tissue is damaged, movement and use of the muscle may be uncomfortable and the muscle may feel tender. Damage to muscles can be caused by external factors, including strain, overuse, emotional distress, poor nutrition, poor posture, exposure to cold temperatures, lack of regular exercise and trauma. The muscle fibres respond by contracting and twisting, making the area feel like a hard lump, or a firmness that is tender to the touch. This lump is called a trigger point. Pressing on the area triggers pain either at that location or somewhere else.

I hold National Qualifications in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Sports Massage, awarded by the National Training Center Ireland.

Please note:
Physical therapistís skills are classed as Complementary Medical Education, and as such, they will avoid treating injuries that require medical attention. Physical therapists respect the role of the Chartered Physiotherapist and sports medicine practitioner.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue.Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as "adhesions.")

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage therapy is probably the best-known type of massage performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.