The following is a list of the various sports therapy techniques offered by Hyht Therapy. Proprietor and principal Matthew Hissong possesses official certification in all of these specialized forms of sports therapy.
Soft Tissue Massage – When you think of traditional massage, this is what comes to mind. You probably envision a person laying face down on a massage table, covered in a towel, while the masseur or masseuse rubs their back, arms and legs using their hands. This is actually just one type of therapy and it is known as soft tissue massage. It targets muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia (thin sheath of fibrous tissue enclosing a muscle or other organ) or such other connective tissue. There are variations as far as duration, pressure and depths go.
Swedish Massage – The other form of massage that most likely comes to mind when you think of traditional massage is, in fact, Swedish massage. Devised originally in Sweden (hence its name), it is a form of soft tissue massage where the masseur or masseuse uses not just their hands but forearms and elbows too, typically lubricated with massage oil. This too targets muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and other connective tissue. It is common misconception that the sole purpose of Swedish massage and other forms of soft tissue massage is to relax the body. Yes, that is achieved, but there is an entire range of other health benefits, including improved blood circulation, which also increases the level of oxygen in the blood. It also helps in removing toxins, improving flexibility and easing tension. This is the real science behind why one feels the relief they do.
Deep Tissue Massage – Similar to Swedish massage, deep tissue massage uses more pressure and targets and realigns deeper layers of muscle tissue and fascia. In this manner, it helps release more chronic muscle tension. Many people fall into deep states of relaxation when receiving this massage.
Biomechanics Assessment – Biomechanics refers to the mechanical (physical) laws relating to the movement or structure of a living organism. A biomechanics assessment is an inspection into and evaluation of lower limb function. It investigates for deviations, abnormalities and other manifestations such as compensations. It looks closely to isolate the underlying possible causes behind nonoptimum lower limb function that causes such things as knee, heel and even back problems.
Functional Movement Screen – Also known as FMS, the functional movement screen is a grading and assessment system that examines movement patterns that are essential to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS isolates functional limitations and deviations. This is done through a specific scoring system. The results allow for a targeted, optimum functional training and physical conditioning program. It is comprised of seven tests: squat, hurdle step, lunge, shoulder mobility, active leg raise, push-up, and rotary stability.
Muscle Energy Technique – Also known as MET, muscle energy technique is a manual therapy and form of stretching that improves musculoskeletal and joint function and diminishes pain by relaxing and lengthening muscles and normalizing joint motion.
Sports Massage – Sports massage is geared toward athletes, professional or amateur, or anyone else who suffers from areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements. Overstraining reduces flexibility and performance and this leads to injury. Sports massage is especially beneficial prior to an event, marathon or competition as well as after it.
Sciatica Therapy – The sciatic nerve is the major nerve that extends from the lower end of the spinal column down the back of the thigh. It is the widest nerve in the body. Sciatica is the condition of pain along this nerve, felt especially in the back of the thigh, hips, buttocks and lower back. It is caused by this nerve being pinched for some reason, often by a herniated disk, but can have other causes. There are specific techniques, oriented primarily with stretching, that help relieve this condition by strengthening the spinal column and supporting muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Thai Massage – An ancient healing methodology, developed by Buddhist monks more than two millennia ago and rooted in yoga and Ayurvedic healing principles, Thai massage uses light stretching and gentle pressure along the body’s energy lines to increase flexibility, relieve tension and balance the body’s energy channels.
Prenatal Massage – A highly specialized form of massage, it is administered to expecting mothers. During pregnancy, due to the shift of weight, there is much strain on a woman’s back and legs, especially during the second and third trimesters. Properly applied, prenatal massage helps relieve the physical tension, which can also benefit the emotional health of both mother and young.
Postpartum Massage – As there is prenatal massage, there is postpartum massage, also known as postnatal massage. After childbirth and during early motherhood, a woman’s body undergoes certain changes. Postpartum techniques help reduce swelling, improve sleep, breastfeeding and the regulation of hormones. It is especially beneficial in assisting women who have undergone C-section procedure.
Pediatric Massage – You’ve heard the term “growing pains”. No one said childhood is easy. Children and adolescents undergo their fair share of physical as well as emotional pain and discomfort as they grow up, and especially if they have been hospitalized or suffer a medical condition. Taking into account a youth’s cognitive development, physical development and health care requirements, pediatric massage is a form of therapy intended to promote health and well-being to a youngster. Note: Parent or guardian is required to be in attendance at all times during therapy sessions.
Infant Massage – Note: A specialized form of pediatric massage exists specifically for infants. Parent or guardian is required to be in attendance at all times during therapy sessions.
Lymph Drainage Massage – The lymphatic system is comprised of vessels through which lymph (the colorless fluid containing white blood cells) drains from the tissues into the blood. It is vital for immunity, protecting against infectious disease. This specialized manual technique helps drain the buildup that may occur, thus restoring a healthy, normal flow for immunity.
Carpal Tunnel Therapy – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a debilitating condition of the wrist and hand caused by pressure on the median nerve (at the base of the palm), resulting in pain, weakness and numbness. Unfortunately, many people suffering this condition end up undergoing surgery, which they think is their only option. It isn’t. A special form of therapy can greatly alleviate, if not diminish, this condition.
Scar Tissue Release Therapy – Injuries, surgeries, etc., can result in unsightly scars, not to mention emotional ones and lowered self-esteem. A special massage exists that is designed to gradually diminish or remove scars.
Hot Stone Massage – Heated smooth stones are placed at strategic points of the body or used as an extension of the therapist’s hands. The heat warms up tight muscles. By doing so, it can also aid the therapist to work on deeper layers of muscle.
Aromatherapy – Most fragrances in commercial hygiene products, perfumes and other toiletries are artificial, derived from synthetic chemicals. These actually dull the olfactory sense. Aromatherapy is the art of using essential oils and other aromatic compounds derived exclusively from plants to enhance therapy. The plant kingdom is one of our richest and most precious gifts. Aside from sustenance and structural materials, look at all the medicinal and healing properties there are. Aromatherapy indulges in such essences to complement various treatments.
Reiki – Developed in Japan, reiki channels energy through touch, helping restore the body’s natural tendency to heal itself.
Shiatsu – Japanese in origin, shiatsu uses the manual pressure of fingers and thumbs along with elbows and knees onto specific points of the body known as meridians (the pathways in the body which vital energy flows, also used in acupressure). It helps restore the body’s flow of energy, which, in turn, helps restore the body’s natural healing process.
Kinesio Taping – Kinesiology, or kinesio as it is also called, refers to kinetics (motion), and basically means the scientific study of human movement. Specially designed elastic tape is used strategically to help give support and stability to joints and muscles without affecting mobility or circulation. It assists muscular strength and helps reduce swelling. It is mostly preventative in use.
Respiratory Treatment – One wouldn’t think that respiratory issues could be benefited from massage. But by manipulation of the ribcage, astounding results can be obtained, including the reversal of asthma attacks.
Digestive Therapy – The digestive tract is designed to flow. From consumption, it processes food, assimilates nutrition and eliminates waste. Various factors can obstruct or complicate this flow. Specific abdominal massage techniques can restore this natural process.
TMJ Therapy – TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, the hinge that connects the jaw (mandible) to the temporal bones of the skull (the ones situated at the temples). This is what allows motion of the jaw during speaking, chewing and yawning. There is a specialized technique to help deal with deviations in this area.
The Physics of Posture and Pain Relief – Using the principle of physics and its various laws of nature, the various actions and reactions, considering the body as the three-dimensional structure it is, one is able to assess difficulties by examining posture and thus treat them effectively. These techniques are based off of the book, “The Physics of Posture and Pain Relief” by Patrick Mummy.
Posture-Pain-Performance – There are specific techniques for postural research and musculoskeletal alignment that offers relief for all manner of conditions. These are based off of the book “Posture-Pain-Performance” by Erik Dalton.
Reflexology – You have often heard that the eyes are the window to the soul. The soles of the feet and palms of the hand, then, must be the window to the body. The hands, feet and head contain various reflex points. Some of the body’s systems, such as circulatory, nervous, etc., terminate at the extremities. By manually stimulating these various reflex points, relief can brought to other parts of the body, including organs.
Hip Impingement Therapy – When the hip joint suffers change in the shape of its surface, it is predisposed to damage, and this can lead to stiffness, pain, arthritic problems, etc. There exists a type of physical therapy which involves stretching and strengthening exercises that helps alleviate this condition.
Cranial Sacral Therapy – Also known as craniosacral therapy, this addresses the skull, spinal column and sacrum (the triangular bone in the lower back formed from fused vertebrae and situated between the two hip bones of the pelvis). Through specific gentle massage, compression is released, which alleviates pain.
Shoulder Impingement Therapy – Shoulder impingement syndrome occurs when the rotator-cuff tendons in the shoulder are strained or injured. Through a special therapy, this can be rehabilitated.
Sacroiliac Joint Therapy – Sacroiliac joint dysfunction results from joint stiffness or slackness at the sacroiliac joints (“sacro-” refers to the triangular bone in the lower back formed from fused vertebrae and situated between the two hip bones of the pelvis, and “-iliac” refers to the ilium, or large broad bone forming the upper part of each half of the pelvis). This causes pain in the lower back/pelvic region. Through special therapy, this can be rehabilitated.
Plantar Fasciitis Therapy – The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. When it becomes swollen or inflamed, it is the condition known as plantar fasciitis. It can be difficult and painful just to walk. Special therapy exists to help alleviate this condition.
Tennis Elbow – This condition is caused when repetitive strenuous motions cause the forearm muscles and tendons to become overused and damaged. The outer part of the elbow becomes sore and tender. It is not just limited to tennis, but any such activity can affect this. Special therapy exists to help alleviate this condition.
Golfer’s Elbow – This condition is caused by overuse of muscles in the forearm that allow one to grip, rotate the arm and flex the wrist. Repetitive strain causes small tears and pulls in the tendons. This results in pain and inflammation of those tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow. It is not just limited to golf, but any such activity can affect this. Special therapy exists to help alleviate this condition.
Pinched Nerve Therapy – A pinched nerve occurs when there is a compression on a nerve, caused by excessive repetitive motion or by holding the body in a certain position for long periods of time. Special therapy exists to help alleviate this condition. It is notable to mention that this particular form of therapy has been recognized for its potential in helping patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).
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