Techniques & Services

At Muscle Medicine our Remedial Massage & Myotherapy Therapists are all highly trained and able to utilise multiple techniques to ensure you receive the best treatment.  During the treatment, they will constantly be assessing your soft tissues and will engage the appropriate techniques.  Many of the techniques have similar benefits, though may provide swifter results or release the deeper tissues.   Below are some of the benefits of each of the techniques we use.  If your therapist believes Dry Needling or Cupping would be beneficial, they will discuss these techniques with you either before or during the treatment.  Read below to find out why our therapists might select a particular technique and how it would be beneficial in your treatment.  If there is any technique or treatment style you would prefer was not used during your treatment, please speak with your therapist. 

Fascial Release

What: Fascial release is a technique that involves applying sustained pressure and stretches into the connective tissues that envelope, support, and connect the muscles and joints of the body, to eliminate pain and restore motion. 

Benefits: Due to injury, sustained postures, or repetitive movements the fibers of your fascial network can become thickened and inflamed. The fascial release improves the slide and glide of these tissues and also hydrates them through compression and release, like squeezing a sponge and allowing it to fill with water. 

Dry Needling

What: Dry needling involves inserting sterile, single-use, fine filament needles into the muscle to assist in decreasing pain associated with myofascial trigger points. 

Benefits: Dry needling assists with improving function by restoring a muscle’s natural ability to lengthen and shorten. When the needle is inserted an inflammatory response is triggered that draws fresh oxygen and nutrients to the area allowing the irritated muscles to relax. 

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Trigger Point

What: Trigger point technique is the direct application of pressure on specific points of tender muscle. Each muscle has the potential to develop trigger points from overuse or injury. 

Benefits: These points produce pain that can be felt sometimes locally but also in another area of the body and muscles with active trigger points often create a feeling of weakness and stiffness. Sustained pressure over these points can bring about immediate pain relief and induce a better range of motion in affected areas. 

TMJ/Jaw Work

What: TMJ work involves the blending of a number of techniques including fascial release, structural integration, trigger point therapy, dry needling, and movement therapy in order to alleviate pain and restore function to the jaw. These techniques are employed both on the outside of the jaw and face as well as the inside of the mouth. TMJ work is extremely beneficial for headache relief and migraine sufferers. 

Benefits: Disorders of the TMJ are becoming increasingly common. If you experience jaw pain, headaches, grind your teeth, clench your jaw, experience clicking sensations, or have difficulty opening your mouth, specific soft tissue work can release the tight muscles and provide considerable relief. 

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Cupping

What: Cupping is a technique in which specially designed cups are placed on the skin and a vacuum is created.  The cups either remain in place or are drawn over the skin for several minutes.   

 

Benefits: Cupping can be very beneficial in reducing pain and inflammation, increasing circulation and blood flow to the area as well as promoting relaxation and general wellbeing. 

Structural Integration

What: Structural integration is a system that is designed to explore the possibility of change in how you use and experience your body’s movement and posture. Therapeutic touch and education guide better body awareness which can help to reverse patterns of tension and pain. 

Benefits: The goal of this system is that unhelpful habits we adopt around posture are replaced with a sense of whole-body coherence and a discovering of new and more comfortable options for movement. 

Sports & Deep Tissue

What: Sports massage and deep tissue massage involve the application of sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. If you have a soft tissue injury these techniques will be engaged to assist your rehab.

Benefits: These techniques are recommended for individuals suffering from muscle pain or fatigue related to sports or physical activity of any kind. It is very helpful in facilitating recovery from exercise or any form of physical stress and strain on the body. 

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Movement Therapy

What: Movement therapy is the perfect partner for soft tissue treatment, to increase the sustainability of the effects of the treatment. It involves re-learning movement patterns, that may have been lost or altered as a result of injury or long term postural habits 

Benefits: Practising simple movements and exercises, prescribed by your therapist is a great way of increasing your body awareness, coordination, strength, and balance which leads to improvements in posture for daily life as well as for physical activity and sports performance.  This is extremely beneficial for back pain relief.

Lymphatic Drainage

What: Lymphatic drainage is a massage technique that encourages the movement of lymph fluid around the body. The role of the lymphatic system is to remove waste and toxins from the body’s tissues. 

Benefits: The lymphatic system relies on the movement of smooth muscles to transport the fluid through the lymph vessels. There are a variety of health conditions that can interrupt the normal flow of lymph causing it to build up in particular areas of the body, often in the arms or legs, such as lymphedema. Lymphedema can develop post-surgery or if you have had to remain sedentary, from infections or cancer treatments that involve the removal of lymph nodes. Lymphatic massage can reduce swelling and improve the circulation of lymph fluid. 

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Gua Sha

What: Gua sha is a technique that involves the use of a smooth tool to scrape the skin with either short or long strokes.  The tool is traditionally made from bone or stone, but more modern versions are made from plastic.

Benefits: This scraping or rubbing of the skin’s surface can help reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation can be a symptom associated with or even an underlying cause of a number of conditions associated with chronic pain including arthritis and fibromyalgia. Gua sha can also be used in treating muscle pain associated with trigger points.