It is the regular assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. Whether you are an elite athlete or someone who just loves an active lifestyle, sports massage is used to prevent injuries, prepare the body for athletic activity and maintain it in optimal condition, and help athletes recover from workouts and injury.
It is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia.
The primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This technique increases the blood returning to the heart, t’s exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
In simple terms, the treatment involves needling of a muscle’s trigger points without injecting any substance.
The approach is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles. It should not to be confused with the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique of acupuncture. However, since the same filament needles are used in both dry needling and acupuncture.
Today specifically trained physiotherapists and acupuncturists are using dry needling effectively and extensively within their practices for the treatment of Myofascial Pain & Dysfunction.
The Myofascial Cupping Technique involves the gliding of negatively pressurised cups over the body and can be accompanied by joint mobilisation.
It is a very different technique to traditional cupping and importantly, marking the skin is NOT part of the desired treatment outcome.
Unlike all other massage techniques that use compression, it is unique because ‘lifts and separates’ soft tissue, increase nutrient-rich blood supply to the tissue and give a gentle passive stretch to the underlying soft tissue.
Moreover, the Myofascial Cupping Technique assist the body in maintaining Range Of Motion and reducing fascial adhesions commonly found from repetitive movement originating from sports and the workplace.