The Hendrickson Method ® includes massage strokes (designed specifically for the release of soft tissue based on their unique anatomical structure), joint mobilization, and Muscle Energy Technique (MET). We use this method to manage conditions related to orthopedic pain and injury. This highly effective technique is applicable whether the pain or dysfunction is acute or chronic, or whether the conditions arose from an injury, cumulative stress, or degenerative conditions. Treatment "dissolves adhesions and lengthens the connective tissues. It helps normalize muscle function by reducing hypertonicity in the muscles and strengthening inhibited and weak muscles. It normalizes the position of the soft tissue and releases its torsion. It helps restore normal joint function by restoring natural lubrication, range of motion, and normal biomechanics. It releases entrapped peripheral nerves. And it facilitates normal neurological function through re-education of the nervous system through...(MET), a system of manual therapy that uses active participation of the client." (Massage for Orthopedic Conditions, 2003 Thomas Hendrickson, DC, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)
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Muscle Energy Techniques (MET)
"Muscle energy techniques are a class of soft tissue osteopathic (originally) manipulation methods that incorporate precisely directed and controlled, patient initiated, isometric and/or isotonic contractions, designed to improve musculoskeletal function and reduce pain." (Muscle Energy Techniques by Leon Chaitow, 2006 Elsevier Limited)
Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release adhesions that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia, also known as 'the endless web', is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct myofascial release is sometimes known as deep tissue work. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation and relief from pain.
Orthopedic massage is a style of massage therapy focused on treating painful conditions that affect the soft tissues of the body. Because orthopedic massage is designed to treat medical conditions, it requires extensive training. It involves releasing tense muscles, helping to stretch and lengthen tight muscles and tendons, and decompress rigid joints. The goal is to restore full health to the soft tissues of the body, both treating specific conditions as well as improving overall well-being.
Neuromuscular therapy is a system of massage techniques that were developed in the 1930's by Dr. Stanley Lief in England. It uses a holistic approach towards healing, emphasizing and stimulating the body's natural ability to heal itself. Neuromuscular therapy also enhances the function of joints and muscles, and accelerates the overall healing process by facilitating the release of endorphins.
Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body's natural immune function.