At VIP Therapy we provide treatments outside of the regular realm of Massage Therapy. Below you will find descriptions of these other types of treatments that our therapists have to offer.
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
Trigger point therapy can be done in a variety ways.
One is by manual therapy from a Massage Therapist. Here the therapist finds the point and helps release it through direct pressure, giving it time to "let go". This way is common and can give the patient some discomfort at the time, especially through the referral area, but the pain diminishes once pressure and the trigger point have been removed. Our Massage Therapists will then treat the surrounding and compensating areas to promote healing and decrease the overall dysfunction the trigger point(s) may have caused. Heat may be added and mild stretching may be performed at the time of treatment or be given as homecare instructions.
Another way to treat trigger points is when a Medical Doctor inserts a hypodermic needle and injects an analgesic directly into the trigger point. To find out more about this type of therapy please refer to the "Trigger Point Injections" page of this website.
Trigger Point Injections, Dry Needling, Acupuncture and Registered Massage Therapy are all very effective treatments for Myofascial pain, chronic pain and restricted range of motion due to pain. These techniques are superior to most others in finding and eliminating the actual Trigger Point that causes the Neuromuscular Dysfunction.
We at VIP Therapy take pride in the range of treatments that we provide to help assess and erase the phenomenon we call "Trigger Points". Rest assured that you are in the Best Hands possible when it comes to Myofascial/Trigger Point pain and that our therapists are highly trained at eliminating the various body issues that may arise.
Graston Technique® (GT) is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes.
Graston Technique uses specially designed stainless steel instruments with unique treatment edges and angles to deliver an effective means of manual therapy. The use of these instruments, when combined with appropriate therapeutic exercise, leads to the restoration of pain-free movement and function. The instruments also are used diagnostically to assess the kinetic chain in an efficient manner using the principles of regional interdependence.
The Kinesio® Taping Method is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused or tired muscles, and support muscles in movement on a 24-hour-a-day basis. It is not a restrictive type of taping and allows for full range of motion. In contrast, traditional sports taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during an athletic event. Kinesio® Tex Tape is used to treat anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in-between.
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for TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT (TMJ) DISORDERS AND DYSFUNCTION
Many people suffer from TMJ issues and most do not even realize it. Years of increased or untreated stress can lead to clenching of the jaw and grinding of the teeth. In most cases this happens when we are sleeping so we have no idea that a problem even exists. Over time, symptoms may start to arise such as tired or achy cheeks, headaches, eye strain, a feeling of "heaviness" in the head, pain in the temples, ringing in the ears, sore or achy throat and even a click when swallowing. As symptoms are ignored the actual problem within the joints gets worse. Specific treatment to the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), the surrounding tissues and treatment within the mouth can all be very beneficial and effective in relieving/eliminating any or all of the above symptoms. During treatments a common statement from the patient is "I didn't even know that I had pain there" usually in regards to treatment of the head, temples and ears. Included in treatment is assessment of the functioning of the jaw as well as intra-oral work (only with patient consent).
PREGNANCY - PRE & POST NATAL MASSAGE
Being pregnant is a life changing experience not only emotionally but physically as well. For all of you who have been pregnant or are currently pregnant, you know that a plethora of changes occur from the fluctuations in hormones at every stage of pregnancy.
Headaches can be fairly common for some expecting mothers, even those who have never experienced many headaches beforehand. Joint pain and stiffness can occur due to the hormone Relaxin, which makes our joints loose in preparation for the growth of the baby as well as birth. When this happens, our muscles want to help carry the load of the loose joints so they become tighter and protective to avoid overstretching and damage to the joint itself. Compression syndromes comparable to Carpal Tunnel and Sciatica (for examples) can occur due to the increase blood volume in our body as well as the tightening and protective nature of our muscles. This pain can make it very hard to lift things properly, roll out of bed, stand up and sometimes even to walk. Never mind the pure fatigue and/or insomnia that some expectant mothers can experience, pregnancy is not always a walk in the park.
While there are some people who think that massage during pregnancy is not a good idea, rest assured you are fine to go ahead with treatment at any stage unless otherwise instructed by your Doctor, OBGYN or Midwife. Massage can be very beneficial during pregnancy. It can help to increase circulation, help to improve digestion, promotes relaxation, helps reduce swelling, decrease headache pain and can alleviate the stress on weight-bearing joints. It is always a good idea to talk to your doctor if you have any concerns before receiving treatment.
Being mothers and fathers ourselves, our therapists at VIP Therapy are very knowledgeable in the stages of pregnancy and the symptoms that may arise. We do carry a specific pregnancy pillow that will allow expectant mothers to be face down during treatment so please let us know that you are pregnant when booking your appointment to avoid scheduling conflicts. Keep in mind to be honest with your therapist about how you are feeling and what you expect from treatment for even when pregnant, "Every Body" is different.