– What can I expect from the first treatment?
After taking a detailed history the therapist will perform a thorough physical examination and assessment. In agreement with you a treatment plan is designed to meet your particular problem.Your therapist will then use a variety of hands on techniques to manipulate muscles,tissues and joints involved. During the treatment the therapist will check in on you to ensure your comfort and answer any questions you might have.
– Do I need to be completely undressed for a treatment
If you have a particular postural problem, the therapist may need to examine your posture.You may have to remove your clothing to your underwear. During treatment only the part of your body being worked on will be uncovered to maintain your body temperature and allow you to feel relaxed. It is advisable to bring a comfortable pair of shorts.
– Can I have physical therapy even if I’m not injured?
Yes, ‘Prevention is better than cure’. Regular deep tissue treatment improves muscle function, promoting optimal performance and significantly reducing the risk of injury. Non- sports people also benefit from deep tissue massage as it works to free restrictions and knots, reducing tension and relieving pain. You may be advised to slow down a bit and relax or if in sport to modify training or technique.
– Is deep tissue massage painful?
Not necessarily, most of the session can be relaxing with no pain or discomfort. But because it reaches the deep layers of muscles, if there is any deep seated tension or a trigger point then it can be sore while being worked on, generally the pain is described as “good pain”. This pain is bearable and feels like its doing good – easing tension and actually reducing pain.
– How often can I have a deep tissue massage?
Professional athletes are advised to have 2-3 treatments per week. For non-professional athletes 1 treatment per week is advised. For everyone else frequency of treatment is advised on an individual basis.
– Would regular deep tissue massage do any damage to my body?
Not at all – providing you go to an experienced and fully qualified therapist. Massage promotes good health and improved performance.
– What is a trigger point?
A trigger point is described as a tender point in the skeletal muscle which is hyper-irritable and when compressed has a referred pain to some other part of the body it also has a taut band and a nodule, it can mimic any pain in the body for example a trigger point can mimic toothache, headache and even sciatica to mention few. Physical Therapy and Dry Needling work succesfully for these problems.
– What is dry needling?
It is a relatively new technique, acupuncture, needles are inserted into the muscle tissue to find and deactivate a trigger point. Many conditions such as tendonitis, muscle spasm and fibromyalgia hugely benefit from this technique.
– So is it acupuncture?
No, it just uses the same tools. Chinese medicine is based on meridians of energy found in the body, these meridians are manipulated using needles.
– Does it hurt?
The needle may give a little pinch when inserted then it doesn’t really hurt. So what is different about dry needling. When the needle hits a trigger point deep in the muscle there is usually a twitch response, that can be sore for few seconds. Sometimes there is a feeling of tissue gripping around the needle and almost immediately a sense of release. Once the needle is removed there’s usually no more pain but some soreness may occur the next couple of days (Reactions may vary from person to person.)