Bill Horton - Massage Therapies
REMEDIAL MASSAGE & DEEP TISSUE TREATMENT
On your first visit to my clinic for a remedial massage and deep tissue treatment, I perform a thorough examination of yourself in order to discover the true nature and underlying causes of your pain and tension. This assessment includes: (1) Length and Strength testing, (2) Val Salva test if herniated discs suspected, (3) Vertrebral Artery test for cervical artery problems, (4) D.V.T test if blood clotting suspected, (5) Supine Hip raise testing for hip tilting and rotation (6) Thomas test for major psoas muscle tightness, (7) Test for false or true sciatica.
Then I will start the deep tissue remedial massage treatment. In this work that I perform on your back, neck, shoulders or hips, I will often find that your muscles are tight and spasmed, containing adhesions and sometimes micro tears. When there is muscle strain in the deeper muscle layers, there is a clamping effect on the arteries which slows the circulation and inhibits the lymphatic flow. So firstly I work deep into the muscle fibres using strong vigorous circular movements and a series of Shiatsu and Trigger Point pressures along the meridians( or energy channels). This process softens hardened stuck muscle fibres and releases adhered muscles. It restores lymph plasma flow between the muscles, improves blood circulation, brings elasticity & flexibility to your muscles, increases range of movement ROM, and takes away the aching and pain in your muscles.
And as part of the ATMS code of ethics, I draw up a detailed treatment plan for you to follow with the with the aim of bringing you into a permanent pain free state with a strong and vital life force. I also prescribe homoeopathic, mineral and herbal medicines to relieve pain and promote healing in the muscles and tendons.
( MYOFASCIAL) TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
Myofascial trigger points, also known as trigger points, are described as hyperirritable spots (and electrically active), in the fascia surrounding skeletal muscle and are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibres and fascia of muscle tissue—and a twitch response can be elicited on stimulation of the trigger point. They are a few millimetres in diameter and found at multiple sites. Pain frequently radiates from these points of local tenderness to broader areas, (often quite distant from the trigger point itself), in definite referred pain patterns.
Activation of trigger points may be caused by : 1) Acute or chronic muscle overload. 2) Activation by other trigger points. 3) disease, psychological distress, 4) homeostatic Imbalances. 5) Direct trauma to the region (eg. Car collision trauma). 6) Infections and health issues such as smoking.
My treatment protocol relies on identifying trigger points, resolving and deactivating them by applying direct shiatsu pressure on them for a short calculated period of time. Also I then elongate and stretch the muscle structure (in which the trigger points are clustered), By using deep longitudinal stretching movements( including rolfing techniques), cross fibre frictioning, shiatsu and acupressure applications, muscle energy techniques(MET) and deep myofascial stretching.
MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE(MLDM)
MLDM is gentle yet extremely powerful modality in which I use a series of directional, segmented and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques of light pressure to move the skin in the direction of lymph flow. This stimulates the lymphatic vessels which carry white blood cells (Lymphocytes from the lymph nodes) for immunity against infection and to carry cellular waste back into the bloodstream for disposal.
Lymphoedema is an accumulation of excess lymph fluid and swelling of subcutaneous tissues due to the destruction of lymph vessels. The lymph pump flows in one direction towards the heart and pumping of the lymph occurs during exercise, breathing and Lymphatic Massage.
MLDM can increase lymph flow up to 25 times the usual and is extremely beneficial for the following:
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