What is Muscle Therapy?

Author: Emma Gilbert

Muscle Therapy can be divided into 3 sections;

  1. Posture Exercises
  2. Daily Stretches
  3. Specific Sports Massage

Posture Exercises:

You’ll learn specific exercises designed to strengthen all three elements of your posture: Balance, Alignment and Motion. A subtle change in posture spreads to all your daily habits and supports your Chiropractic care to help your hold adjustments for longer.

Posture is one of the key reasons your spine gets restricted and limits your health in 2 main ways. Firstly,  hunched posture is linked to reduced brain function and increased depression. Secondly, poor posture acts against your body’s natural healing mechanisms and could result in your spine wearing out faster (developing osteo-arthritis).

Learning posture exercises to use at home will:

  • Promote better health and relieve pain
  • Build new patterns of body motion
  • Strengthen your posture and balance

Daily Stretches:

Flexibility is an important part of fitness and overall health. By incorporating a stretching program into your daily routine, you can increase your flexibility and range of motion to support your Chiropractic adjustments.

You can also improve performance in sports and daily tasks. Stretching can help prevent injury and decrease pain associated with muscle tightness.

Trigger Point Therapy:

A specific type of sports massage, trigger point therapy benefits those with injuries, long term pain or restricted range of motion.

Trigger point therapy targets a specific muscle group, to address a specific problem such as:

  • long-term over-use – often caused by poor posture or repeated strain at work
  • muscle inhibition – loss of proper activation /  function
  • soft tissue injury

Unlike general massage, the aim of trigger point therapy is to break down knots in the muscles and stimulate blood flow to the area to promote healing rather than relaxation.

How can Muscle Therapy help?

Our Muscle Therapist Laura will take a full health history before assessing you to determine your individual needs. Muscle Therapy is designed to support your Chiropractic Care and health goals. Muscle therapy sessions can combine many elements and Laura will work with you individually to deliver a programme that will help you achieve your goals. You can benefit from Muscle Therapy anytime, however it is particularly useful during after the initial intensive 12 visits of care when you are asked to make significant lifestyle changes.

Muscle Therapy can help you in the following ways:

  • Support Chiropractic Care – help to speed up changes and hold your adjustment for longer
  • Home Advice – tools and techniques to improve your daily life
  • Reduce muscle pain – pain relief from tight sore muscles
  • Increase muscle activation – get more benefit from your regular exercise
  • Increase joint mobility relaxed muscles and regular stretches to increase flexibility and mobility
  • Improve balance – group classes designed to improve balance and reduce risk of falls
  • Counteract sitting – reduce muscle strain in shoulders and neck from sitting at a desk
  • Sleep better – massage encourages a restful sleep, as well as helping those who have difficulties sleeping.
  • Promotes better function – helps to relax the body into a healing state