Have you ever suffered an injury and had physiotherapy, felt amazing for a couple of weeks, but then the pain returns (sometimes worse than it was before)? Unfortunately, this happens more often than you’d like to think and is actually quite common in a range of therapeutic practices, including sports medicine, physiotherapy, chiropractic and osteopathic treatments.
This is where muscle therapy at the Massage Club of Wall comes in with their massage therapy service.
What is muscle therapy?
When you have chronic adhesions (knots) in your muscle tissue, your entire body is out of sorts and until you have your natural balance restored, any health ailments you may have will only get worse.
The idea behind muscle therapy is to treat the body as a whole, rather than in parts. So, when you go for a general massage or remedial massage, generally the focus is on one part of your body – which is where the pain generates from. However, muscle therapy will stretch and rebalance your entire body, incorporate exercises that are designed to help with rehabilitation and stretches that will help to stop your injuring from coming back.
When you have a muscle therapy massage, your therapist is actually aiming for the lymphatic and circulatory systems to help get rid of those dangerous toxins that are causing you problems. Many people say it’s quite similar to getting a Swedish massage, but it’s much deeper – and is likely to hurt you a bit more (which means it’s working!).
Functional movement techniques
Functional movement techniques are specifically designed to mimic everyday “functional” movements – and they’re an extremely valuable too for strengthening weak or injured areas of the body. The hips, spine, neck, arms and legs are all areas that can benefit immensely from functional movement techniques administered by a professional, as part of a comprehensive muscle therapy program.
- Deep Tissue Massage:
- This is a technique that resembles Swedish massage in how the muscles are massaged; but as the name suggests, it involves a stronger and deeper level of pressure. Deep tissue massage is a very effective tool for the release of chronic tension in the muscles, as it targets the deeper layers of muscle tissue, the fascia, and the tendons. Numerous medical studies have been done on deep tissue massage, and significant benefits like pain reduction and healthier blood pressure have been found. Deep tissue massage also has beneficial psychosomatic effects, including the reduction of stress hormones. The practice also causes the body to release serotonin and oxytocin, which promote relaxation and feelings of wellbeing.
- Dry Needling:
- This technique is similar to acupuncture, and is also known as trigger point dry needling. Practioners use tiny needles (either hypodermic needles with a hollow core, or solid filiform needles) to stimulate and heal areas of the body that are experiencing chronic pain, whether due to injury or illness. These needles are incredibly thin, and it is generally not painful at all to receive dry needling treatment. In order to use these treatment effectively on patients, practitioners of dry needling must have an extremely intricate knowledge of the anatomical and muscular systems.
- Ideal for acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain, myotherapy is a treatment whereby your therapist will thoroughly assess you to identify the dysfunctional movement patterns which have created the overall pain in your body. They will then use specific massage techniques on those muscles and connective tissue (including tendons, joint captures, and ligaments).
- Trigger Point Therapy:
- This is ideal if you have had an injury or a strain and will involve your therapist putting maximum pressure on that particular muscle. This pressure will last up to 90 seconds and will help to release any tension in the muscle itself. This relaxes it and helps muscle groups nearby to strengthen again (so all the pressure isn’t on your sore muscle).
- Myofascial release:
- This is a hands-on discipline that involves the application of gentle but sustained pressure on various parts of the body, especially those that have been affected by injury, trauma or inflammatory responses. Myofascial release targets the connective tissues in order to restore a fuller range of motion and reduce or eliminate pain. The reasoning behind the “sustained” but gentle pressure involves the physiology of the connective tissure, which has been shown to elongate when subjected to this type of pressure. Myofascial release requires training, but is not viewed as a complete system of treatment in itself. Health professionals in many different fields learn this technique as a part of their practice.
So, what can Muscle Therapy help with?
If you’re suffering from any of the following persistently, and can’t seem to find any other solution that works, you might consider muscle therapy at our Massage Club of Wall, New Jersey. It has been proven to provide relief from the following ailments:
- Muscle pain
- Soft tissue concerns
- Chronic pain
- Acute pain
- Ligament damage
- Sports injury
- Joint & other pain (hips, knees, neck, back, shoulder)
Muscle therapy has also been found to help in cases of Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons Disease, and Muscular Dystrophy.
How is muscle therapy different?
People who suffer from chronic muscle pain, or have suffered an injury that requires rehabilitation or physical therapy, are often referred to a physical therapist to aid in their recovery. Sometimes they also choose to visit a sports medicine specialist, a chiropractor, or an osteopath to help them during the healing process.
There’s no doubt that all of these types of rehabilitation are valuable, and the professionals who practice them are highly trained and skilled. But there’s a drawback to this approach – namely that these fields can be highly specialized, focusing on one specific aspect of the injury. Depending on the professional you visit, your treatments may be one-dimensional, and fail to address 1) the underlying cause of the injury and 2) the body as a whole.
This is where muscle therapy is different. It incorporates a number of essential therapeutic disciplines, and treats the body as one whole system. As a result, muscle therapy can target the specific injury while also treating the body as a whole. This leads to a more gentle, holistic, and complete form of treatment and recovery, and it works for a wide array of injuries and symptoms.
Let us tell you more about muscle therapy
Perhaps you’ve tried everything for your chronic muscle pain, and are looking for a solution that finally delivers lasting results. Maybe you’ve recently been injured, and you want the recovery process to be as comprehensive and holistic as possible. Whatever the case, our skilled practitioners can put together a muscle therapy plan that will treat your whole body, while targeting the specific areas you want to heal.
Call today, and our friendly team will discuss your needs and lay out your treatment options with no obligation. Muscle therapy could be the solution you’ve been waiting for!