Acupressure is and ancient specialized technique used to relieve pain, discomfort, stiffness, muscular spasms, physical strain, and other muscular issues. An acupressure massage is beneficial in opening up blockages, increasing blood flow and flexibility, and easing stiffness and soreness.
Deep Tissue Massage -
Deep Tissue Massage utilizes deep pressure upon the muscles to release chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of your muscle tissue including the muscle, tendons, and the muscle fascia (the protective layer surrounding your muscles, joints, and tendons). It is especially beneficial to people with old injuries or chronic stiffness, soreness, or limited motion. An old injury can often leave adhesions and scar tissue, which a deep tissue massage will help to release.
Manual Therapies –
Manual Therapy is a clinical approach that uses a hands-on technique of manipulation and mobilization to ease and regulate pain, increase range of motion, improve circulation, relieve muscle spasms, and reduce inflammation. It is ideal for chronic sufferers of low back pain, neck pain, muscle soreness and stiffness, migraines and headaches, and joint dysfunction. The three main manual therapies used at Meridian are:
Muscle Energy - This technique uses special positioning and your own muscle contractions to bring your body back into balance.
Jones Point - This gentle technique uses easy movement to put you in a position of comfort which naturally allows your muscles to reset.
Chapmen Reflex Points - This technique stimulates into healing the small discrete bumps that occur under the skin as a response to pain and
Jones Points, Strain, Counter-strain -
This manual therapy technique is ideal for reducing chronic muscle soreness and/or acute muscle spasm in the body. The advantage of this technique is that it is extremely gentle on the client. By placing the tender point of the body in the position of greatest comfort, the body can reset and the client is able to experience pain relief and tension release. This technique is highly effective for sufferers of headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, tendinitis, chronic muscle soreness, symatic joint dysfunction and acute muscle spasms.
Travell Trigger Point Work –
Trigger Point therapy is especially beneficial for people with chronic pain and soreness but is also effective for new pain. By applying pressure to the points within the muscle that are problematic, blood flow decreases and allows them to reset to normal positions. The benefits of Trigger Point therapy include: increased range of motion, reduction in headaches, improved flexibility, increased circulation, relieve muscle spasms, reduce muscle soreness and tension.
Deep Myofascial Release -
The Myofascia is the tissue that surrounds and protects muscles, connective tissue, and bones. It is a tough, flexible tissue that in a healthy state protects and defines muscle tissue. If it is damaged or traumatized in any way, tightness can occur that lead to problems including headaches, muscle spasms, pain, injury, illness, and reduced range of motion. Deep Myfoscial Release works to correct any problems and release the surrounding tissues thus restoring healthy muscle function.
Cupping is a manual therapy used to treat a myriad of health conditions, including pain. It is often used to soften tight muscles and increase circulation. Cupping therapy works to separate fused tissue layers by loosening adhesions, thereby allowing muscles to function more smoothly and efficiently. Cupping techniques can promote increased blood flow to body tissue and help drain excess fluid and toxins from a problem area and therefore effectively restoring healthy body function.
Needling or dry needling as it is also called, is a healing therapy that uses acupuncture needles to stimulate hard-to-reach trigger points that are often considered the root causes of injuries like tendonitis, chronic back pain, neck pain, and more. Needling can be extremely effective and can help people who have struggled for years with overly tight tendons or hard-to-solve nerve pain.
How exactly does needling work? The point is to cause an injured muscle that has contracted (i.e. shortened) to cramp around the needle. When the needle is removed, the stimulated muscle relaxes, thereby lengthening the tissue. Repeatedly doing this increases the effect. Also, the small “injury” caused by the inserting needle brings blood to the area to further enhance healing.
According to a review in the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, studies have shown that needling speeds up the recovery process and gets patients up and moving pain-free more quickly. Although needling can be uncomfortable during the procedure, chronic pain sufferers find it to be well worth it for the healing and relief they receive.
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