Sam Boswell, Massage Therapy
My Approach to Rehabilitation
First a few facts: Muscles move bones; nerves move muscles; where there is pain, there is restricted blood flow (except in the case of bleeding). I use neuromuscular therapy techniques to invite tissue to release. When tissue releases, blood flow resumes. I will use static pressure to achieve the release. When we enter into a professional relationship, we will have a conversation with your nervous system, since it causes muscles to move bones. As I gradually increase pressure, I will ask you to tell me when I have reached a depth that you consider to be a "pleasant challenge." Once that depth is established, I will hold it for about eight seconds. Your nervous system will consider the information that was delivered and will affect change within its adaptive capacity. I do not subscribe to the "no pain, no gain" adage. If it hurts, what does your system learn? With few exceptions, little, or nothing.
Clients will often feel sore within the first 24 hours, but will then feel much better and have a more fluid use of the areas that were treated. The soreness is due to the flushing out of metabolic (cellular goings on) waste. The wonderful thing here is that the tissue is now getting generous nutritional support, which it will need to change its behavior. It can express its health with greater efficiency.
Introduction to Trigger Points Video