Muscles... what do they actually do?!

Skeletal muscle attaches to bone via tendons to facilitate movement of the skeleton. It is voluntary muscle as we have conscious control over it through our somatic nervous system. A muscle consists of a large number of muscle fibres. The outer sheath is a muscle is called the epimysium. Within this the cells are grouped into fasciculi which is wrapped in its own connective tissue called perimysium. Within the fascicles are individual muscle fibres that are wrapped in endomysium. Each connective tissue runs the length of the muscle and binds together at the ends to form tendons, or aponeuroses. Muscle cells or fibres are cylindrical in shape with several nuclei and are made up of many contra

Using Sports Massage Therapy as a Complementary Therapy: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a neuromuscular disorder with symptoms brought about by an irritation of the median nerve in the wrist. Having CTS can cause pain, tingling, pins and needles, weakness and numbness in the lateral part of the hand, so the thumb, index and middle fingers, and half of the ring finger. Dependant on the severity of CTS, symptoms could include motor problems as well, dexterity can become impaired. It is possible that the thenar pad could flatten as the thumb muscle atrophy. Signs and symptoms gradually worsen often at night when people sleep on the affected arm or turn the wrist awkwardly, so pain is often increased in the morning. Sometimes pain, numbness and tingl

What is Muscle Energy Technique?

Muscle Energy Techniques (METs) are a form of treatment where a clients muscle is actively contracted from a controlled position in a specific direction against a counterforce. METs can be used to normalise a joints range of movement, strengthen weakened muscles, restore tone, improve circulation, as well as improve musculoskeletal function. It is a mild form of stretching, and safe to use as part of the rehabilitation process after an injury. There are two distinct physiological processes, with the same end goal, and reasons for using one as opposed to the other. Post Isometric Relaxation (PIR) is the most commonly used. Firstly the muscle chosen to lengthen is taken to its barrier point, o

What is Soft Tissue Release Technique?

Soft Tissue Release (STR) is an advanced massage technique used to assess and stretch soft tissue. It is designed around the area of Neuromuscular Therapy, with a strong connection to the central nervous system. By using the right amount of pressure and tension on tissue it is possible to free up restrictions caused by scar tissue. It involves the manipulation of tissue through application of direct pressure whilst mobilising a joint. As with all techniques that fit under the umbrella term of NMT, the static pressure on the muscle encourages a message to be sent via the Golgi tendons and muscle spindles, to the brain, and then the muscle relaxes. The Golgi tendon operates as protection, cont

What is Neuromuscular Technique?

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is an umbrella term and was developed after an intensive study on the nervous system and its interaction with the musculoskeletal system. When the relationship between these two systems is not in a state of homeostatic balance, pain or dysfunction can occur. These soft tissue techniques can enhance function of joints and muscles, and speeds healing through the activation and release of endorphins. Its benefits also include a reduction of pain and the ability to restore function in the affected tissue. Neuromuscular Therapy aims to eliminate pain by addressing elements that cause pain. It addresses ischemia by increasing the blood flow through manipulation of the t

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