Treatment for Chronic Pain
Dealing with pain can have a huge impact on your life, particularly if you have been coping with it for some time. Pain and restriction can limit your ability to exercise and enjoy the things that you love doing. It can also reduce your energy levels and affect your mood and emotional well-being. It can often lead to further injury if not dealt with, as the body adjusts and overcompensates for the pain.
When your body is out of balance, whether it is due to injury, repetitive strain, scar tissue, poor posture or the physical effects of emotional trauma, it can lead to restrictions and adhesions within the soft tissue. These can develop over time and lead to pain either at the sight of dysfunction or in other areas of the body.
My aim is to release these adhesions and restrictions so that your body can return to its natural, normal state of well-being and function. I can also give advice on home-care to prevent your body from returning to its old ‘unwanted’ pattern.
I use a blend of advanced bodywork techniques, including Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Advanced Clinical Massage and Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling), to treat your pain. This powerful combination of bodywork, coupled with deeply guided intuition, leads to effective results.
Bodywork for Transformation
Bodywork for Transformation blends a unique and powerful combination of advanced massage and bodywork techniques. These can include: Myofascial release, Integrated massage (including Sports Massage), Medical Acupuncture, Hot Stones and Acupressure.
This blend of incredibly healing techniques is combined with deeply guided intuition, restoring the body to its natural state of balance, vibrancy and energy flow. Every treatment is different, as every individual is unique.
Bodywork for transformation works with the idea that we can carry patterns and stagnant energy in the body that can inhibit our ability to move forward in our life. This may be due to past trauma, grief, disappointment, deep hurt, a lack of confidence or self belief, or anything else that may prevent us from living the life that we desire.
The aim is to release stagnant energy stored within the fascia and cellular memory, promoting flow, well-being and transformation.
Sports massage therapy helps to alleviate the stress, pain and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse or postural imbalances, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, Sports Massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, keep-fitter or a once a week jogger.
This treatment is not just for the sportsperson: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people with musculoskeletal pain, perhaps from a physically demanding job or those with occupational, lifestyle, emotional and postural stress.
Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction and trigger point release techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu. Bringing together this blend of techniques, as well as knowledge and advice during and after treatment, Sports Massage can lead to very effective recovery, enhanced performance and injury-free training and lifestyle.
Myofascial Release (MFR) is used for the effective treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue and fascial aches, pains, tension and restrictions.
Myofascia is the connective tissue (fascia) in and around muscles (Myo = Muscle) . Myofascial release is an application used to alleviate tension, restrictions and adhesions in the myofascia in order to restore balance and function. Myofascial release is generally used at the beginning of the treatment with no or little wax or incorporated into the majority of the treatment to get effective results.
Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling)
Western medical acupuncture (or Dry needling) involves the insertion of fine needles into the muscle; Medical Acupuncture is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture (TCM) using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence-based medicine. Acupuncture needles are carefully inserted into the ‘trigger points’ within a muscle to release tension and pain. Clients often report having a feeling of relaxation during the treatment.
Electro-acupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. Needles are inserted into specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated. Electro-acupuncture uses two needles at a time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. The aim of Electro-Acupuncture is to reduce your pain.
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is an over-contracted area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body.
A trigger point in the back, for example, may produce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache and because the head is shouting the loudest, you may not realise the source of pain is coming from your back.
Trigger point therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. The results and benefits of trigger point therapy are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain.
Trigger point therapy can really help with decreasing pain and is a natural, drug-free way of managing pain and stress. The good news is that you can learn to do trigger point therapy on yourself, it is simple, easy and effective.
Integrated Massage draws on many massage techniques and can include Holistic Massage, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and Pregnancy Massage. Massage gives many physiological and psychological benefits. Blood and lymph circulations are affected, speeding up nutrition and elimination of waste products in the tissues thus improving function and accelerating the healing process. Tired, tense muscles benefit and joint mobility is often increased. Massage can induce a deep state of relaxation, particularly beneficial if you are stressed or anxious, resting and calming the mind.
Integrated Massage aims to promote health and transformation on all levels. It balances all elements in the body- physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual and creates harmony between the individual and the environment. Helping to restore balance and harmony, the body’s own healing energies are released promoting a feeling of wellbeing. Physical and emotional trauma may be remembered on a deeply subconscious level causing tension in the body and mind. Negative emotions can block the energy, closing the mind and bringing tension to the muscles causing an imbalance all over our bodies. Integrated Massage not only relaxes the body, releasing energy blocks, but also the mind. Depression can be lifted, anxiety and stress are eased.