Having had 5 prolapsed discs myself i understand back pain and how to treat it!!
Most back problems are usually muscular and imbalances which i treat with Deep tissue massage, heat, Chinese cupping, audio sonic, stretches and exercises. Using a combination of therapies works very well and providing strengthening exercises to do daily is very important in back rehabilitation.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as necks, lower back tightness and sore shoulders. Using specific deep strokes, a Deep Tissue Massage is vigorous to get to the deeper layers of muscle tissue. Very effective for people suffering with tense postural muscles due to being sat at a computer for long hours.
It is used to release chronic patterns of muscle tension in the body by using slower strokes with a more direct deep pressure, or frictions which is applied across the muscles.
It also helps to break down scar tissue, which may cause some soreness for a short while after the treatment, but will leave you feeling better than ever after a few days.
Overuse of a specific group of muscles through repetitive exercise may result in aches and pains, especially after a particularly hard training session.
These aches and pains can be helped and prevented by a regular Sports Massage.
Sports Massage stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. It is typically used before, during, and after athletic events.
The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for training. It does this by helping reduce muscle fatigue, reducing swelling and muscle tension, improving flexibility.
Regular treatments can help realign scar tissue, remove the buildup of toxins, improve mobility and reduce the risk of further injury.
Thermal/Hot stone massage
Thermal Stone Massage is a luxurious massage, designed to enrich the mind, body and spirit. Expert massage techniques are combined with the use of heated basalt stones, of varying sizes, to create a feeling of intense comfort, relaxation and stimulation.
This amazing experience goes further than the physical experience of general massage, to a deeper level of balance and well-being. The stones are placed on specific acupressure points on the body to melt away knots, tension and stress. It is a deeply soothing and relaxing experience, helping tight muscles to release all their tension.
Thai massage can be adapted for more westernised approach
Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage, it can be provided on a padded mat on the floor or on a traditional massage couch.
Thai massage is also called Thai yoga massage, because the therapist uses her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Many people say Thai massage is like doing yoga without any work also muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during treatment. You'll be asked to bring comfortable clothing to wear, as no oil is applied.
Most people find Thai massage promotes relaxation, improves circulation, restores energy, increases flexibility, and centers the mind and body.
Indian Head Massage
The therapeutic effects of Indian Head Massage last long after the treatment is over. The short and long-term benefits are individual, varied and cumulative and can help to:
- Relieve eye strain and headaches
- Improve concentration
- Relieve physical and mental fatigue
- Improve joint mobility
- Relieve stress and muscular tension
As well as being a relaxing encounter, it can also be an invigorating and refreshing experience. The recipient of the treatment will often report a 'balanced' feeling of peace and calm and will usually feel more alert and revitalized following a treatment.
Aromatherapy is a popular and effective therapy that uses essential oils derived from plants and flowers to ease away tension and improve mental and physical well being.
Using a mixture of essential oils combined with slow relaxing strokes, Aromatherapy Massage will help to improve both your physical and mental well being.
As the oils are absorbed into the skin their different therapeutic qualities are carried into the body, easing specific symptoms through their own unique healing properties.
Aromatherapy has been shown to be effective for:
Promoting relaxation, alleviating emotional problems such as anger and grief, strengthening the immune system, overcoming insomnia, encouraging healing, fighting infection, managing aches and pains and dealing with chronic illness.
Reflexology is a relaxing and non-invasive therapy that works on pressure points on the feet and hands to relieve sources of discomfort in other parts of the body, allowing the whole body to be treated through the feet. The body is mapped out on the feet, with a system of longitudinal energy zones linking areas of the feet to parts of the body. During your treatment the therapist will use their thumbs and fingers to apply pressures to these different areas on the feet and if a part of the body corresponding to the reflex area is out of balance then some tenderness will be felt in the foot when pressure is applied. In some areas there may be a sharp feeling and in others a slight pain, but these feelings should never be too uncomfortable; overall this is a very relaxing and re-energizing treatment.
Reflexology has been shown to be effective for:
Reflexology does not claim to be able to cure problems, but there are many instances where treatment can be of great benefits for Back Pain, Migraine, Infertility, Sleep disorders, Hormonal imbalances, Sports Injuries, Digestive disorders, stress related conditions, relaxation.
The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it and excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism.