Remedial Massage

Using Niagara CVT to apply Remedial Massage to the calf.

Remedial Massage is a fundamental treatment at Hobart Performance for both recovery and preparation. Its benefits are widely researched and anyone who receives regular Remedial Massage as part of their wellness or performance routine will speak wonders of the experience.

Now here’s the Hobart Performance difference. Where appropriate, we incorporate Loaded Movement Training and Tissue Mobilisation along with other treatments like Whole Body Vibration and NeuroKinetic Therapy with our Remedial Massage to provide the ultimate results.

Have you ever had a tight area or muscle that feels great after a massage but eventually comes back?

Why is the area or muscle tight in the first place?

Is it tight and painful because it is neurologically under used (lacks proper nerve input)?

If so then it needs to be activated to regain its sufficient neurological input from the brain, not massaged as this will further “dull” its ability to work properly.

Is your muscle tight and painful because it’s trying to stabilise a joint?

If so then relaxing it through massage can potentially cause further pain or injury. We need to find which muscle or group of muscles are being compensated for.

Knowing if you have a Mobility Problem or Motor Control Problem (nerve input) is a game changer when it comes to Remedial Massage as it takes the guess work out of your treatment. To learn more about this visit our NeuroKinetic Therapy page.

Gravity and Ground Reaction Forces are not effecting your body as they would when you get up off the massage table.

What you are trying to recover from or prepare yourself for will undoubtably involve you moving about with Gravity and Ground Reaction Forces affecting the way you move. After a massage we need to ensure your body is able to move efficiently and your movement patterns (required for your chosen activity) are not compromised.

The synergy between treatment on the massage table and movement on the centre floor is a constant flow. How this unfolds during a treatment is purely unique to your situation.

Remedial Massage can include many applications:

Sports Massage
Sports Massage produces overwhelming benefits for all types of athletes and these can be both physiological and psychological.
At its essence, Sports Massage reduces fatigue, relieves muscle swelling and tension, and improves movement potential through increasing blood flow and removal of metabolic build up.

Trigger Point Therapy
During physical activity or prolonged inactivity, tension builds up in soft tissue and can cause tight, tender spots within muscles and tendons that are painful, not just locally, but also in other locations (called “referred pain”). These tight points can restrict the body’s ability to move effectively and efficiently, and impede blood flow to the area, causing further dysfunction.
Trigger Point Therapy can deactivate the trigger point and restore muscle length, blood flow and tissue health. Coupled with movement such as Tissue Mobilisation it can then further enhance your movement potential.

Lymphatic Drainage
If you want to speed up recovery and improve your performance then the Lymphatic System is an area you should be focusing on. It’s almost always over looked, yet can provide the greatest results. If the body cannot remove metabolic waste or reduce inflammation then it doesn’t matter how much you work the muscle or underlying tissue, the symptoms you are experiencing will persist.
Lymphatic Drainage uses very light stokes to manipulate the Lymph Nodes just under the skin. Assessing Lymph Nodes for dysfunction can be a little discomforting but the treatment is very gentle.

Myofascial and Osteofascial© Release
Every cell in our body is covered and connected by a substance we call fascia or connective tissue. It does many wonderful things but an important aspect involved with your ability to move well is that it reduces the impact of external forces acting on the body by mitigating it throughout the system. You can then understand that if an area of fascia is dehydrated or stuck what the implications are for dispersing that stress, the result can be pain or injury.
We can improve the health of our facia through hands on release in and around our muscle structures but more effectively where we have prominent bony structures.

Niagara CVT Therapy
This involves applying external stimulus to the body’s tissues in the form of precise tiny vibrations. The vibrations are 3-Dimensional and have amazing effects on the body’s tissues such as improving muscle and bone density, providing proprioception and stimulation, increasing strength, improving tissue oxidisation and up-regulating the Lymphatic System. To learn more about Whole Body Vibration please visit our Niagara CVT Therapy page.

Osteofascial© Release is a technique and application of connective tissue release developed by OD on Movement and Soma.