This can involve soft tissue massage, trigger point release, joint mobilisations, manipulation, muscle energy techniques and stretches. Manual therapy should be aimed at correcting any muscle imbalances and asymmetry, restoring movement loss and addressing any functional limitations. Marie uses ultrasound and taping where appropriate, as well as small equipment such as spiky balls for self-massage, therabands for resisted exercise and foam rollers and exercise balls for balance and strengthening work. Marie also provides Pelvic girdle support belts in pregnancy.
Sports massage is a form of deep tissue massage, targeting the muscles, helping to realign the muscle fibtres and connective tissue and eliminating the toxins. Massage has many therapeutic benefits.
It can assist with:
- Relaxation – massage helps the muscles relax through heat generated, circulation and stretching.
- Improving joint range of motion (ROM) – someone with tight muscles should notice improved flexibility following treatment.
- Pain reduction – massage assists in reducing tension and releases the body’s endorphins, helping to reduce aches and pains.
Marie treats clients with massage who have a build up of stress and tension from poor postural overload sitting at a computer desk all day, clients with muscle soreness following a sports activity or clients that are sore from overuse or an old injury.
Acupuncture is complimentary to Physiotherapy for pain relief, to enhance tissue healing and repair and to release stress and tension.
It involves the use of very fine, sterile needles which are inserted at points sensitive on palpation. The brain registers this sensitivity and reacts by stimulating the release of naturally producing chemicals in our body called endorphines and enkephalines, in essence – our body’s own painkillers. This helps to reduce or sometimes, eliminate the pain.
Once the needles are in place, it is normal to feel a mild ache, warmth or heaviness. This is known as ‘De Qi’ and is a sign that the body’s own natural painkillers are being released.
Marie has found acupuncture to be particularly beneficial in clients with tension headaches, stress, postural issues, neck and back pain, nerve root pain and osteoarthritis of the knee.
With a special interest in sports rehabilitation and as a sporting enthusiast herself (Marie played hockey at County level, has completed 3 marathons and several triathlons and now enjoys yoga and swimming), Marie understands the importance of sound biomechanics, strength and conditioning, stretching and sensible training, to minimise stress to the body and to prevent injuries. She treats clients post injury and pre and post=surgery to help restore your baseline level of fitness and get you back on track with your sport and recreational pursuits.