Soft Tissue Massage
Soft Tissue Mobilisations (STM) uses massage techniques to help improve various soft tissue problems found in the foot and lower limb. These issues range from tendonitis, recovery from ankle sprains, plantarfasciitis/plantar pain syndrome and more.
A course of STM would consist of 1 treatment per week for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, if treatment has been successful, you can expect at least an 80% improvement in your symptoms.
STM can be used in conjunction with strapping, orthotics and other treatments to support your recovery.
Tool Assisted Massage
Tool Assisted Massage (TAM) is a treatment which uses a tool/tools to locate and treat soft tissue problems.
TAM can help to:
break down scar tissue
increase range of movement
improve recovery after injury
This treatment can be used post surgery, post injury and on acute and chronic conditions such as tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.
Acupuncture, or “dry-needling”, is done by identifying “trigger points” within musculoskeletal tissue. Very fine needles are inserted and left for several minutes, occasionally being stimulated by the clinician. Put simply, it is believed the needles stimulate the release of the body’s natural painkillers (endorphins) which in turn helps relieve discomfort.
The pattern and number of treatments can vary with each patient, but more chronic conditions may require up to 6 treatments.
This technique is a useful therapeutic tool and can be used for a wide variety of conditions such as; plantar fasciitis, Achilles’ tendinopathy, morton’s neuroma, osteoarthritis in the knee, ankle, and big toe joint and “shin splints”.
Podiatric acupuncture is generally used as part of a wider treatment plan and rarely as a stand-alone treatment.