For muscle repair and well-being
Therapeutic Massage combines the power of touch with the knowledge of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology to become a valuable tool in relieving the physical and psychological suffering of stress and pain. Skilfully applied massage therapy can relieve pain and restore mobility to damaged tissues, as well as promote psychological benefits such as invigoration and reduction of mental tension. Though experienced therapists may appear to work intuitively, knowledge and skills are grounded upon scientific principles and this is drawn upon when applying this technique proficiently.
A regular sports massage can help the body immensely, offering an athlete the opportunity to recover from the pains and aches of a training session, improving blood supply, flexibility, and muscle healing. The optimal timing for massage varies in research but gains can occur if the massage is 2 hours post event to a week later. You don’t have to be an athlete to gain benefits from massage though, with the condition of muscles significantly improving in anyone and the release of endorphins (happy hormones) and reduction in cortisol (stress hormones) positively affecting mood. The feel good factor is worth it alone! We offer 30-minute and 60-minute massage appointments with a Physiotherapist, and these can be relaxation or deep tissue. You just let us know what you want or need and we’ll do our best to send you home with a spring in your step, or back to training with a bounce!
Acupuncture can be very useful as an adjunct to treat joint or muscle pain and muscle spasm and is becoming increasingly popular throughout the medical profession. As a treatment, acupuncture can have significant, and sustained effect on pain and effects can occur immediately after treatment or may develop over following hours or days. Acupuncture needles are very fine, and often cause very little or no discomfort at all when inserted. We use disposable, sterile needles which are inserted into specific points around the problem area, or on occasion some distance away from the body area being treated. Needles may be left in place for up to 30-minutes, though generally, we will use acupuncture alongside other treatments, and so leave them in place 10-20 minutes.
Acupuncture has been around for over 3000 years and works by stimulating your body’s own systems including those which regulate pain and healing. It promotes blood circulation and stimulates healing mechanisms through the increase of oxygen, nutrients, hormones, and your body’s own painkillers, including anti-inflammatory mediators – some of which have been shown to be up to 200 times more potent than morphine! By inserting fine needles into specific points, every major system in the body can potentially be affected, though largely acupuncture is used to decrease pain, decrease inflammation (by increasing circulation, and restoring internal balance) and restore function. Treatment often has a cumulative effect, with the pain and healing responses building up over the course of several treatments, and it can be used to relax short/tight and painful muscles, and joint pain, ultimately restoring range of movement, strength and function. Some people also report other positive effects from treatment including relaxation, and improved sleep.
Common types of acupuncture and what we treat
- Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, which focusses on restoring balance through various systems,
- Western Scientific Acupuncture which is the main theory behind improvements in pain and inflammation, and
- Dry Needling which is used to treat trigger points/spasm within muscles in order to restore function.
At our clinic, we offer the western model and dry needling through qualified staff, and amongst other things can treat:
- Acute and chronic injuries
- Back and neck pain
- Muscle & ligament sprains and sports injuries including cartilage injuries, ankle sprains, torn calf, hamstring etc
- Achilles issues
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Tennis/Golfer’s elbow
- Nerve pain
- Headaches/tension headaches and migraines
All of our Physios/acupuncturists are registered practitioners with the New Zealand blood service and hold additional qualifications specifically in acupuncture