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ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE
Active Release Technique, is a non-invasive manual therapy technique that works to correct soft tissue restrictions that cause pain and mobility issues. The goal is to break down scar tissue and adhesions in order to optimize function in the body.
The technique can be applied to both acute and chronic conditions involving the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and fascia.
During treatment, a trained physiotherapist will position your tissue so it’s “active.” For example, to treat an injured muscle with Active Release Therapy, the therapist puts you in a position so that the muscle is shortened and then applies hands-on tension. Next, they’ll instruct you to lengthen while they hold the tension in place. They may apply this combination of tension and motion to several different areas before you feel the full release.
Graston Technique uses instruments to achieve the effects and benefits of soft tissue mobilization. With Graston, there are six specifically designed stainless steel instruments that a therapist uses to help find and treat soft tissue problems.
It is an evidence-based method of IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) used in combination with rehabilitation exercises to improve musculoskeletal function.
You can think of the Graston technique as a deeper and more intense version of manual therapy.
Myofascial Release focuses on reducing pain by easing the tension and tightness in the trigger points.
Your therapist will gently massage and feel for stiff or tightened areas. Also massaging and stretching the areas that feel rigid with light manual pressure. The therapist then aids the tissue and supportive sheath in releasing pressure and tightness. The process is repeated multiple times on the same trigger point and on other trigger points until the therapist feels the tension is fully released.
It’s not always easy to understand what trigger point is responsible for the pain. Localizing pain to a specific trigger point is very difficult. For that reason, myofascial release is often used over a broad area of muscle and tissue rather than at single points.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation, and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Cupping might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
In movement we tend to focus on quality to improve performance, this can be in any given sport focusing on speed, strength, and power, or equally, it could be improving performance in real-life scenarios, such as standing up with ease for elderly clients.
Next we focus on preventing injury, developing better movement patterns helps to prevent injury in athletes which can help accelerate their career. In our real-life scenario, this could be an elderly client working on proprioception & balance to help them fall less frequently.
Movement is a great way to transform your body and get huge results, whether you’re an athlete or amateur, expert or just starting out. Use strength and conditioning to benefit you. It encompasses so much more than just lifting weights and focuses on a variety of tools to improve movement, health, and physical performance.
So I'm sure you all have seen tons of athletes tape on them...and it actually looks pretty cool!
We use Kinesio Taping for decreasing inflammation in a certain area whether it be the neck or arm, It pretty much lifts the tissue up and kinda decompresses it. KT can also be used to improve overall sense of joint position and correct posture.