Soft Tissue Massage Therapy
Jo works on the whole musculoskeletal system implementing a variety of techniques to release stress, tension, pain and stiffness in your body and bring about balance, stability, and restored posture.
Treatments will vary from patient to patient and each visit may be different depending on the progression in the treatment protocol.
Jo uses myofascial release:
Myofascial Release is a specialised physical and manual therapy used for the effective treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue and fascial tension and restrictions.
Fascia is a connective tissue which surrounds, protects, cushions, and acts as a slide and glide mechanism between structures (in the body) It is a very strong substance yet also has a high degree of flexibility. It plays a major role in the mobility and stability of joints.
Following all physical and emotional trauma and through poor posture, fascia scars and hardens in the affected site and along the tension lines imposed on it. This causes the fascial network to lose its cushioning mechanism and internal structures become pulled out of alignment. This in turn creates an abnormal pressure, up to 2,000 pounds (Katake 1961) per square inch, crushing nerves, blood, and lymphatic vessels and further creating tension on adjacent pain-sensitive structures and those along the fascial pull.
The MFR therapist not only takes into consideration what they see in the patient’s postural assessment but works directly with what they feel and sense from palpating and treating the body.
Jo will implement techniques which are specific to changing the ground substance of this connective tissue to re-instate its integrity.
Jo uses Dry Needling and musculoskeletal acupuncture.
What is neuromuscular dry needling?
Muscular skeletal pain which has become chronic is usually associated with trigger points or tender points which are inquisitively tender to manual stimulation; the points are usually in the belly of the muscle & feel like a taut band. NM dry needling is a tool which can be used on its own or to augment massage.
The needles are fine acupuncture needles which are inserted into the trigger point, in 95% of cases this is a painless procedure.
The benefits in utilising this technique include relaxation of taut muscle fibres, significant pain reduction, & the stimulation and release of the body’s natural opiates. Activating the body’s response to this type of stimulation remains for up to 72 hours after the treatment, & anywhere between 1 – 3 treatments can maintain this pain reduction, softer muscle tissue and flexibility for up to 3 months or longer depending on the level of damage to the tissue.
MFDN is also beneficial in assisting rapid recovery in relation to surgical procedures, migraines and arthritis.
Jo will also needle acupuncture points that relate directly to the musculoskeletal system, reduce stress, and help manage pain and restore balance in the body.
Jo Uses Kinesio taping:
Kinesio taping is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered with the clinical setting.
Latex-free and wearable for up to 7 days, Kinesio tape treats neuromuscular and neurological conditions. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, kinseiotaping alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.
Jo uses Visceral Manipulation:
“The purpose of Visceral Manipulation is to recreate, harmonise and increase proprioceptive communication in the body to enhance its internal mechanisms for better health” Jean-Pierre Barral.
Visceral Manipulation is based on the specific placement of soft manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone, and motion of the viscera (internal organs) and their connective tissues. By using specific techniques, practitioners can evaluate how abnormal forces interplay, overlap, and affect the normal body forces at work. The goal is to help the body’s normal forces remove abnormal effects, whatever their sources. Effects can be global, encompassing many areas of bodily function. These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body.
Jo Uses Remedial Massage often as an adjunct to or in combination with the above modalities.