SPORTS MASSAGE

Vigorous style best used before a sporting event to warm up muscles and joints, or post-event to flush lactic acid from the tissue. This effectively reduces pain, fatigue and stiffness later, and preserves stamina for the next workout or event. Also good for breaking up areas of excess tissue (fat), and when done consistently, can help with inches lost in certain areas.

KINESIO TAPING

Healthy skeletal muscles are essential to keeping you moving at your best. A strained or injured muscle or tendon can make you feel slower or weaker than normal. If you're an athlete or work in a profession that requires physical labor, keeping your body free of tension and pain is essential for peak performance.

This is not your ordinary athletic tape.

Traditionally, athletes or others with muscle injuries would tape a muscle or joint to restrict motion and prevent further injury. Imagine a strained calf muscle. Old school taping methods would dictate wrapping tape around the entire lower leg -- calf, shin, tibia, fibula and all -- almost like a mummy. While that would prevent further strain by immobilizing the injured muscle, it would also impede circulation and slow down the body's natural healing process.

Kinesiology taping takes the opposite approach, using the tape to open up the muscle and allow full movement. Kinesiology tape is applied on top of an injured orstrained area to stabilize it, but care is always taken to ensure that a muscle ortendon is never encircled with a ring of tape. As you move, the tape, skin and connective tissue (or fascia) over the muscle or tendon also move, pulling slightly away from the muscle and creating space for lymphatic fluid to flow around and cleanse the inflamed tissue.

These functions drive the technology behind the tape:

Supporting the muscle -- Proper taping improves the muscle's ability to contract even when it's weakened, reduces a feeling of pain and fatigue, and protects the muscle from cramping, over-extension and over-contraction.

Removing congestionto the flow of body fluids -- Kinesiology tape improves blood and lymphatic circulation and reduces inflammation and excess chemical buildup in the tissue.

Activating the endogenous analgesic system-- Endogenous" refers to something that is self-originating, and calling something "analgesic" means that it can relieve pain in a conscious person. So, this requirement means that the tape must facilitate the body's own healing mechanisms, a central focus in massage therapy.

Correcting joint problems -- The goal is improving range of motion and adjusting misalignments that result from tightened muscles. To ensure a full range of motion for the wearer, kinesio tape is very thin and made with a porous cotton fabric. The fabric lets the skin breathe and has an elasticity comparable to that of the skin and muscles. The sticky side of the tape uses a water-repellant, medical-grade acrylic adhesive that further supports the muscles and connective tissues. In addition, the tape can stay put for three to four days even through sweating and showering

DEEP MUSCLE STIMULATOR (DMS)

The DMS uses mechanical vibrations that reach deep into the muscle tissue to stimulate proprioceptive functions. No other device on the market matches the effectiveness of the DMS. It is built from stainless steel and titanium.
DMS provides deep muscle tissue with kinetic forms of percussion and concussion vibration which in turns facilitates the client with the benefit of:

  • increased circulation

  • reduced pain

  • faster rehabilitation from injury Increased lymphatic flow

  • break up of muscular scar tissue

  • reduced lactic acid buildup

  • tissue regeneration

  • soft and active tissue release

DMS also concentrates on general or local muscle spasms. It increases muscle metabolism and increases the lactic acid cycle to relieve pain. Deep, rapid, short duration percussion is the key to the elimination of pain. DMS can be used in effective management of acute and chronic pain, not exclusive to, but including: migraine headaches, sciatica, TMJ, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, edema, myofascial pain and frozen joints.
DMS is known to increase the circulation of blood flow and lymph.The direct mechanical effect of rhythmical pressure and movement used in DMS can dramatically increase the rate of blood flow.. The stimulation of nerve receptors causes the blood vessels to dilate, which also facilitates blood flow.
DMS can help loosen contracted, shortened muscles and can stimulate weak flaccid muscles. This muscle balancing can help posture and promote more efficient movement.
It is possible to do more exercise and training, which in the long run strengthens muscle and improves conditioning. DMS also provides a gentle stretching action to both the muscles and connective tissues that surround and support the muscles and many other parts of the body, which helps keep these tissues elastic.
DMS also aids in recovery from soft tissue injuries such as strains and sprains. This is possible because of the growth and repair of tissues are accelerated by efficient circulation in the in the injured areas and appropriate stimulation of the healing tissues.
DMS is routinely used by NFL, NBA, NHL etc. on top professional athletes. It is also used to help racehorses with their recovery.