Current Modalities in practice

Trigger Point Therapy

The small white x’s indicate common regions where the trigger points form and the coloured regions represent where the referred pain can be felt. Picture Copyright: J. Smolders, B.A., D.C. 1984

A myofascial (myo meaning muscle and fascial relating to the fascia) trigger point, or commonly known as a muscular “knot”, is a hypersensitive area of the body. Trigger points can cause local pain (sharp, achy, dull, et cetera) as well as pain that moves to other areas (referred pain). By palpating and feeling the muscular restrictions and nodules in the muscles, it is warmed up using massage and released though specific compressions.

Structural Integration (Myofascial Release)

Here we can see the myofascial connections in the “Superficial Front Line” – showing the relationship from the top of the foot all the way to the neck. Photo Credits goes to Anatomy Trains book author, Mr. Thomas Myers.

Studying the “Anatomy Trains” myofascial meridians concept by Thomas Myers, structural integration  is a holistic system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that incorporates the whole body in gravity. The technique is used with fascial wax, in order to engage the fascia in the myofascial system. This technique and concept is geared towards regaining wholistic muscular balance and correct functional movement. It is more “grippy” in terms of perception of receiving touch comparatively to swedish massage techniques. Other terms such as Rolfing, Myofascial Release, and Structural Integration are very similar techniques.

Swedish Massage or Classic Massage

During a massage therapy treatment, the client/patient will be draped properly at all times.

Most commonly known form of massage by the public, Swedish massage is the most commonly used and recognized form of massage therapy. It uses five styles of strokes – effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (specific scar tissue or adhesion break up), and vibrating/shaking. The technique is commonly used with oil, gel, or lotion.