Therapeutic Massage uses all the benefits of a massage along with the neuromuscular work as explained below. It might also include deep tissue work when restrictions are found a little deeper below the superficial musculature. Therapeutic massage can be useful for anyone with physical or psycho-physiological trauma, for example those doing sports and physical activities, as well as those who have a stressful/inactive job or lifestyle.
Some of the techniques used are as follows:
Muscle Energy Technique:
Muscle energy technique (MET) allows either a single muscle or a group of muscles to be contracted against resistance. This enables a state of relaxation to occur (post isometric relaxation) after which the muscle/s can be brought to a new resting length.
Myofascial release is a lengthening of the connective tissue. This connective tissue, also known as fascia, is continuous throughout the body and connects all the muscles. If shortened, it can lead to pain and dysfunction.
Positional release entails moving the part of the body where the pain occurs into a position of ease so that neurological resetting can occur. This can lead to a partial or total resolution of the initial problem.
Neuromuscular technique (NMT) is both an assessment and a therapeutic tool. One of its aims is to deactivate myofascial trigger points. Trigger points are small, dysfunctional areas within a muscle that can refer pain to other parts of the body.