Treatments

At Massage Derby we utilize a variety of treatment techniques including:

Examination of the shin bone on the Femur.

Deep Tissue Massage – A traditional yet powerful method of affecting the fluid balance and the tone of your painful muscles and tendons. 

Inhibition – A proven method that works in one of two ways: it briefly restricts your blood supply and stimulates your body’s healing mechanism, or discourages your motor nerves from firing so frequently.

film x-ray human’s pelvis and arthritis at both hip joint

PNF/MET – Here your own strength is used to relax and lengthen tight muscles. After a short phase of muscular contraction, there is a window of opportunity where the therapist can passively lengthen your tight or contracted muscle. This contraction-relaxation does not occur naturally in day-to-day living.

Articulation – Your joints are gently moved to stimulate the absorption of synovial fluid which feeds your restricted or damaged joints. If your joints are not moving properly then they will suffer from reduced nutrition.

Manipulations/HVTs – These techniques are direct joint adjustments that allow the muscles around your spine or joint to relax, thereby allowing a proper supply of blood to enter the joint. These high-speed, low-distance thrusts often create a pop or a crack that is completely normal and considered healthy when used appropriately. Often considered to be the main therapeutic tool of chiropractors, these are effective methods but are all the more effective when combined with articulation and massage.

X-ray image showing scoliosis.

Soft Tissue Release (STR) – The technique involves applying precise force during a specific stretch performed in multiple planes of movement. The aim is to appeal to the autonomic nervous system in a way that leads to the spontaneous release of the injured muscle, thus regaining the original resting length of that muscle. The result: fast and permanent reorganization of scar tissue, the targeted muscle(s) return to the proper resting length, muscle imbalances are corrected, associated pain is decreased or eliminated altogether, and muscle performance is improved. Results are often obtained quickly and permanently.

Ultrasound (US) – Much healthy debate rages regarding this method of affecting tissues.

Sound waves at 100000 cycles per second are directed up to 5cm into your tissues

Sound waves at 100000 cycles per second are directed up to 5cm into your tissues

In 2012 the Journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders published good quality research in a paper entitled The Effect of Continous Ultrasound on Chronic Non-Specific Low Back Pain (NSCLBP). In this research paper, 50 patients were randomized into two groups. The first group received therapeutic ultrasound (US) and exercise whereas the second group unknowingly received a placebo ultrasound plus exercise. After the intervention was administered three appropriate outcomes measures were used to compare the two groups. Measures were taken before and after the ultrasound and after one month. Results: Both groups experienced significant improvements in function, the range of motion and pain. The group which received the therapeutic ultrasound recorded significantly greater improvements in function and range of motion.

For up to date information regarding Ultrasound see www.electrotherapy.org

For guide discussion by Dr. Tim Watson of Hertfordshire University on Ultrasound see Link.