Myotherapy Techniques & Modalities:
Various cupping techniques are used to release rigid soft tissue, drain excess fluids and toxins, loosen adhesions, and lift connective tissue, while bringing blood flow & lymphatic circulation to stagnant skin and muscles providing pain management
The pulling force of the suction places a specific stretch on the muscle, and when massaged with a cup, elongates the muscles and breaks down adhesions in the tissue. In areas of tissue dysfunction, this technique may occasionally leave a temporary mark.
The marks experienced after a cupping session can last anywhere from 3-7 days. The bruises are not caused due to any form of blunt trauma. Therefore, they should not hurt. Over a course of treatments, marks lighten as tissue health improves.
Dry needling is a technique that uses a thin filiform needle to stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
Dry-needling of these myofascial trigger points via mechanical stimulation causes an analgesic effect. This mechanical stimulation causes a local twitch response (LTR). An LTR is an involuntary spinal cord reflex contraction of the muscle fibers in a taut band.
Taut bands are produced as a normal protective, physiological measure in the presence of actual or potential muscle damage. They are thought to occur in response to unaccustomed eccentric or concentric loading, sustained postures and repetitive low load stress. However when sustained they contribute to sustained pain.
Kinesio Taping has a microscopic lifting effect underneath the skin and between the many layers. This allows the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly also decompressing an area of swelling and inflammation. Based on the same physical lifting principle, kinesiology taping can be very effective in the reduction of lymphoedema.
Pain Relief: Taping relieves pain through different mechanism. These could be grouped as either physical or neurological mechanisms.
Physically, the lifting action of the kinesiology tape relieves pressure on pain receptors directly under the skin, allowing for both immediate and lasting relief.
Chronic pain can be improved via the sensory stimulation of other types of nerve fibres. In thse circumstance, kinesiology tape may be effective for pain that persists after an injury has healed or for pain that is above and beyond the injury severity.
Kinesiology tapes unique elasticity provides passive support to weak or injured muscles. This can assist everyday activities, high level sport or even low tone children.
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