DAC Sports Therapy uses many different massage techniques to treat clients with a range of conditions, postural or muscular imbalances, and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS):
Effleurage techniques are gliding movements that apply massage oil, warm the muscles, and softly palpate the area to be treated.
Tapotement involves percussive techniques such as hacking, cupping, pounding, beating, and pincement, which are used to increase skin temperature, improve lymph and blood flow to the region, and to reduce pain.
Petrissage techniques can include kneading, wringing, pumping, squeezing, picking-up, muscle-rolling, broadening, and lengthening. These techniques improve circulation in the area, relieve fatigue, and reduce muscle tension.
Muscle Stripping involves deep, specific movements either along the length of a muscle (longitudinal stroking), or across a muscle (transverse stroking). These techniques are useful for ‘ironing out’ particular areas of tension and ‘muscle knots’.
Joint Mobilisation Techniques used can include Muscle Energy Technique (MET), Continuous Passive Motion (CPM), Articulation, Stretching, Traction, Shaking, Shearing, Neuromuscular Technique (NMT), Positional Release Technique (PRT), and Strain/Counterstrain (SCS). These methods enhance the range and ease of motion at individual joints, improving mobility.
Shaking and Vibration are rapid movements designed to stimulate nerve activity to reduce pain, and bring about relaxation of muscles.
Connective Tissue Manipulation (CTM), also known as Myofascial Release (MFR), is applied with the aim of improving blood flow to surface areas of soft tissue such as the skin, and muscle fascia. With this technique, the skin moves with the masseur’s hands, as opposed to the therapist’s hands moving over the skin.