My approach is to create a professional, safe, and nurturing space where I can provide the best possible clinical and emotional care. These are the primary modalities I use to relieve pain and promote healing.
Orthopedic Massage is a combination of several massage and manual therapy techniques integrated to create functional improvement in soft tissue conditions and injuries. Orthopedic massage can be described as a cross between massage and physical therapy: “massage therapy” because of the palpation and mobilization of soft tissue through manual effort and “physical therapy” because the client plays an active role during treatment by providing feedback, participating in active stretches, or engaging in resisted exercises.
In order to be effective, the orthopedic massage therapist must understand the condition presented, discern which anatomical structures are involved and what protocols are required to create functional and measurable improvements. There are three elements common to orthopedic massage treatments: performing an assessment, matching the physiological effects of the techniques with the physiology of the injury, and providing treatment from a goal-oriented approach.
Orthopedic massage facilitates neurological function through “Muscle Energy Techniques" (METs) that include Reciprocal Inhibition & Contract-Relax methodology. The goal of orthopedic massage is to induce a change in the structure and function of the neuro-musculoskeletal soft tissue to promote healing.
Some of the important clinical effects of orthopedic massage are to:
Increase new tissue cells to promote repair and healing of injuries
Promote exchange of blood, lymph and synovial fluids to increase nutrition and oxygenation of the tissue
Normalize the function of muscles by reducing hypertonicity in the muscles and strengthening weak muscles
Establish normal neurologic function in the soft tissue
Mobilize restricted joints and promote healthy cartilage
PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) Stretching is an advanced form of flexibility training that involves both the stretching and contraction of the muscle group being targeted. PNF Stretching is a very effective form of rehabilitation, and is also excellent for targeting specific muscle groups to increase flexibility, range of movement, and muscular strength.
Contract-Relax PNF is a variation in which the therapist asks the patient to fire the tight muscle isometrically against the therapist's hand for up to 10 seconds. The patient then relaxes and the therapist lengthens the muscle and applies a stretch at the newly-found end range.
Neuro Massage Therapy
Neuro Massage incorporates massage techniques to relax the nervous systems in the body, with the goal of making changes in the state of neural networks (pain thresholds, muscular tension levels, organ function, and emotional state). The subtle and gentle strokes of Neuro Massage activate the electrical energy of the nervous system to promote calming and relaxation of nervous conditions.
Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release is a manual therapy technique that uses sustained pressure into restrictions in the fascia of the muscle to relieve pain and restore muscular health and movement. The word “myofascial" is derived from the Greek words "myo", which means muscle, and "fascia", the thin layer of connective tissue that interpenetrates every muscle, bone, nerve, artery, vein, organ, and cell in the body. Adhesions and scar tissue are broken down using hands-on techniques, resulting in reduced pain, increased mobility, and improved strength.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy is a manual therapy technique that involves applying pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Trigger Point reduces swelling and stiffness from neuromuscular pain, increases range of motion, relieves tension, and improves circulation, flexibility, and coordination.
Sports Massage uses deep transverse and longitudinal frictional strokes and stretching techniques to prevent and break down adhesions and rehabilitate soft tissue dysfunction. Stretching techniques include Static Stretching, PNF Stretching (defined above) and Active Isolated Stretching (AIS). Sports Massage is highly effective in the treatment of tight and constricted muscles, muscle pain, acute injuries, and chronic conditions. Sports Massage helps improve athletic performance by maintaining muscle and connective tissue health, increasing range of motion, reducing pain, and improving energy levels and muscular movement.
Pre- and Post-Surgery Massage
Pre-Surgery Massage helps muscles to loosen up and relax in advance of orthopedic surgery. The goal is make it easier for the muscles to stretch if they are pulled away during surgery, thereby reducing trauma and improving surgery outcomes.
Post-Surgery Massage consists of a combination of modalities, including orthopedic massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, and cross-fiber friction. Pressure and intensity of massage must be light at first and only increased over time. It is recommended to begin massage sessions four to six weeks after surgery, when scar tissue is forming but is still pliable. A release from the doctor or surgeon may be needed to ensure that massage is introduced at the right time in the recovery process.
Post-Surgery Massage is scientifically proven to help clients in their recovery by reducing pain, trauma, and scarring, improving mobility and flexibility of tissue and joints, and helping to avoid adhesions, guarding, reduced range of motion, and contractures (shortening and hardening of soft tissues).