Hull, Massage and Deep Tissue Massage… available at Hull Sports Massage

Massage and Deep Tissue Massage…

Deep Tissue Massage available at Hull Sports Massage.First of all we to understand that pain and discomfort is probably our first main driving force with regard to pain and discomfort and this may be the reason why would choose a Deep Tissue Massage in the first instance. Pain is in itself a very useful and valuable resource although at the time we would all probably disagree. It tells us when something is generally wrong and we should all take heed of our bodies cries for help and pain is one of them… Although we would all like to ultimately increase our comfort, flexibility, and ease of movement and function, we also want to be aware of and pay attention to pain and its discomforts.





What is sports massage?

  • Deep tissue massage is a deeper form of massage which addresses structures within the muscle and facia that may be inhibited and is sometimes referred to as a Sports Massage simply because, generally, sports people receive more injuries through their activities. This does not exclude others from a ‘deep massage’ at all…
  • Deep tissue massage uses a variety of manual techniques which are designed to promote stress relief and relaxation.  So it’s not all painful as some would have us believe although it may be…
  • Deep tissue massage also uses techniques to mobilize various structures and to relieve pain and swelling…
  • A principle aim of deep tissue and sports massage is to promote functional independence, offer relief from pain and  increase mobility and flexibility…

Physiological effects – how it affects the body…

  • CIRCULATORY EFFECTS – improves blood supply to the injured part
  • EFFECTS ON MUSCLE – relaxes the muscles
  • EFFECTS ON PAIN & SENSATION – reduces pain
  • EFFECTS ON CONNECTIVE TISSUE –  stretches tissue
  • REFLEXES – improves reflexes

Psychological effects – how it affects how we feel…



Soft tissue mobilization techniques used:

Along with massage techniques used we can also use soft tissue mobilizations include stretching techniques which include techniques for muscles and tendons along with neural structures such as nerves. Some of these techniques used are listed below with a brief outline on how they are employed;

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Muscle energy techniques

  • MET is a manual therapy technique that is variations of the PNF contract – relax and hold – relax techniques…
  • MET techniques rely on voluntary  muscular contractions
  • Active muscle contraction by the patient
  • Muscle contraction orientated in a specific direction
  • Some patient control of contraction intensity
  • Therapist control of joint position

Strain-counter strain technique

  • Strain-counter strain is and approach to decrease muscle tension and guarding that may be used to normalize muscle function.
  • A tender point is located…
  • The tension in the tender point is monitored as the position is moved to gain the greatest level of comfort and ease…
  • This is where the muscle has been considerably shortened
  • The tender point should now not be so tender – this position is held for 90 seconds
  • The position is then slowly returned to the correct position (neutral)…

Positional Release Therapy

  • PRT is an osteopathic mobilization technique in which the body part is moved into a position of greatest relaxation.
  • The position of greatest comfort and muscle relaxation for each joint is achieved and the joint in question is then palpated at a sub-threshold pressure i.e. bearable… this position is held for 90 seconds…
  • The tender point should now not be so tender –
  • The position is then slowly returned to the correct position (neutral)…

This is one of the most gentle and most effective techniques available for the treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal dysfunction

Active Release Technique

  • ART developed to correct soft tissue problems in muscle, tendon, and fascia caused by the formation of fibrotic adhesions (knots) that result from
  • Acute injury
  • Repetitive or overuse injuries
  • Constant pressure
  • Tension injuries
  • When muscle, tendon fascia or ligament is torn – strained or sprained or a nerve is damaged, the tissues heal with adhesions or scar tissue formation rather than the formation of brand new tissue. Scar tissue is weaker, less elastic less pliable, and more pain-sensitive than healthy tissue.
  • These fibrotic adhesions disrupt the normal muscle function which in turn affects the bio mechanics of the joint complex and can lead to pain and dysfunction.

ART provides a way to diagnose and treat the underlying causes of cumulative trauma disorder that left uncorrected can lead to inflammation, adhesions, and fibrosis and muscle imbalances.