Assessment of movement
This treatment is specifically aimed at clients in pain. I will put them through a series of movement tests and try to find out what is causing the pain.
An example would be someone with tennis elbow, using movement testing I may find very poor thoracic spine extension which leads to cervical lordosis and nerve impingement of the median and ulnar nerve. In this case the tennis elbow was not the root of the problem it was the thoracic spine.
To make sure my manual therapy sticks I would give the client exercises to take home and do during the day. The combination of movement testing, manual therapy and corrective exercise for the client to take home would be the foundation of my treatment protocol.
Deep tissue oil massage
This is my own unique style which I have developed over the last 10 years of working. It is a deeply relaxing massage that will put you in a parasympathetic state and provide an environment for the body to heal. The massage techniques involve long deep strokes from the foot all the way up to the head in diagonal and spiral lines.
Increased blood flow, which is our most powerful energy transporter, is promoted and fascia and muscle is squeezed stretched and nourished. I spend a good deal of the massage on the feet, hands and head which are very full of nerves and reflex points. The muscles and fascia only follow orders from the brain, I try to put the client in a state of deep relaxation where the brain and nervous system decrease neural drive to the muscles.
I have found that when my client is in a state of deep relaxation many aches and pains subside and sensitive restricted areas that need deeper work are more accessible.