Our therapists utilize a variety of techniques, including: myofascial release, Scraping Technique, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, cupping, and sports massage. All of our therapists are registered and Licensed Massage Therapists with the State of Texas Board of Massage Therapy.
Your myofasical tissues, or myofascia, surround and support all of the muscles in your body. When dealing with chronic pain, it often includes myfasical pain syndrome. This type of chronic pain syndrome will develop when there is tightness and sensitivity in your myofascial tissues. As part of your massage session, our massage specialist will utilize myofascial release therapy.
Myofasical release therapy is a treatment that focus on relieving pain by easing tightness and tension in the specific areas of your myofascia tissues that are determined to be responsible for your pain. These spots are called “trigger points” and they may not necessarily be near where you are most prominently feeling your pain or even the point of origin of it. Through the repeated massaging and stretching these trigger points over the broader network of your muscles, our therapists will aim to release tension and tightness.
Trigger point therapy
Similar to myofascial release, trigger point therapy works to address trigger points—those knots in your muscles that are giving you trouble. However, there’s a key difference. Where myofasical release focuses on massaging and stretching a broader area, trigger point therapy focuses on the specific point(s) our therapist discovers. Trigger point therapy typically involves a greater application of localized pressure. However, it can also help relieve pain.
The scraping technique, also known as gua sha (pronounced “gwahshah”, which is Chinese for “scraping”), involves using a tool to “scrape” your skin at the muscles and/or joints you are feeling pain. Our therapist will apply pressure and use long strokes with this method. The goal of the scraping technique is to break up scar tissue to help relieve pain in your muscles and/or joints.
Deep tissue massage
If you have a strain or sports-related injury, a deep tissue massage is right for you. Deep tissue massage therapy involves slow, deep strokes to help break up scar tissue by targeting the inner layers of muscles and connective tissues. This can help reduce tension, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and improve blood flow to promote healing.
Sports massage is an extended form of deep tissue massage. However, sports massage involves stretching and the targeting of specific areas of your body. Sports massage is a good way to recover from competition, prevent further injury, and improve flexibility.
Cupping is a method originating out of ancient Egypt or China to help with pain management, muscle and connective tissue strengthening, inflammation reduction, and circulation boost. Cupping assists the body in removing toxins that can build up and cause pain and discomfort. Click here to learn more about cupping at The Athletic Room.