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Neuromuscular physical therapy

Noreen provides Neuromuscular physical therapy in her Bantry clinic. Neuromuscular physical therapy is a science based holistic therapy. It works with the bodies soft tissues to balance them and release tension. It aims to treat the root of the problem rather than treating where it hurts.  

Neuromuscular therapy works in co-operation with the body. It communicates with the nervous system and relaxes tissues that need to relax and stimulates tissues that need to activate. Brute force is not required to bring the body back into balance.

A variety of techniques are used such as myofascial release, mobilization, muscle energy technique, triggerpoint release, positional release, soft tissue release and massage. She incorporates these techniques in treatments as they are very effective and give good relief from pain and noticeable freedom of movement. Suitable for people suffering from strain from exercise or just the strains of everyday life. Can be used before a problem presents. Remember prevention is better than cure. 

Clients are often surprised how much relief they feel after one session.

Benefits of Physical Therapy:

  • Improves muscle tone
  • Prevents injury
  • Improves posture
  • Relieves pain
  • Promotes healing, so speeds recovery from injury
  • Can help with chronic pain

Laya Healthcare and Aviva approved.

Neuromuscular therapy helps

  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Sciatica
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraine
  • Low back pain
  • Hip, knee, ankle pain
  • Plantar fascitis
  • and much more

Sports massage

Sports massage is the use of massage, the manipulation of the soft tissues, as well as using neuromuscular and physical therapy techniques.

This treatment varies depending on the clients needs.

Injury prevention:

Sports massage used regularly can keep the muscles, joints and fascia(connective tissue) in optimal condition. This type of sports massage can be quite deep if necessary and can prevent misalignments or wrong patterns are being held in the body. When the body is in good condition it is much less likely to have an injury. Noreen works with many football teams in Bantry doing pre-event massage. Sports massage in this form is very superficial and it's main aim is to warms up the muscles and joints and prevent fatigue. Pre-event massage is like a warm-up before your warm-up, it is especially useful for people who are tired and may have had lots of events close together. The muscles are more flexible and less likely to tear or to strain ligaments after a sports massage.

Recovering from injury:

Sports massage greatly aids recovering from an injury, whether it be a sports injury or any other type of injury. It reduces pain experienced, to this end I use herbal oils which not only heal but ease pain. Sports massage also reduces the time of recovery allowing the client to return to training for their sport thus preventing loss of conditioning. If a client has a very serious injury sports massage can help keep tone in the muscle while it's recovering. Noreen has used physical therapy to really speed up the recovery of many patients who were recovering after broken bones. The patients strength came back and the pain and suffering went away.

Noreen has used physical therapy on a number of patients with ruptured discs. Although it was a long recovery for these patients, they found great relief from the physical therapy, usually even after the first session. As Noreen works only with the soft tissues and doesn't interfere with the spine, she manages to give the spine the space to heal.

Noreen also uses herbal medicine such as individual sports tonics to help athletes with their fitness. Noreen also uses herbs both internally and externally to help with recovery from injury. Herbal medicine works well a strengthening bones and connective tissues, encouraging circulation to injured areas and removing wastes that build up around injuries.

Managing pain:

Physical therapy can help give ease to patients with chronic pain, whether it be due to illness or injury. Noreen has worked with people with spinal injuries, chronic lung disorders, rheumatism to name a few. While certain conditions cannot be 'cured' they can be managed. Physical therapy can be soothing, can reduce pain by removing tension from the body and calming the nervous system. Noreen believes that when your body is full of suffering it is easy to disconnect from the body. Physical therapy brings you back in touch with your body, to hopefully a more comfortable perspective.

Holistic massage

Holistic massage is a combination of various movements used to manipulate tissues for both local and overall effects and benefit. It has many benefits.

It improves:

  • Skin tone
  • Relieves muscle fatigue and soreness
  • Increases energy
  • Promotes detoxification
  • Deepens breathing and relaxes lungs
  • Improves lymphatic circulation and immunity
  • Relieves stress

Indian head massage

This is a safe, simple yet effective therapy. It involves massage of the head, face, neck and upper arms. The client may remain fully clothed if they wish. Indian head massage combines ancient cultural tradition with the demands of modern living. It is renowned for relieving the symptoms of stress. It removes tension from face and upper body. It improves mental clarity and focus and relieves eyestrain and headaches. I find that clients deeply relax during this treatment, the stress just melts away.

What happens in a physical therapy treatment?

First of all I take a detailed medical history, finding out about illnesses, injuries etc. and your current lifestyle. This will assist in getting a full picture of your current wellbeing and how best to approach treatment. Then I will ask you your goals for the treatment, these can vary from maintaining health to relieving pain to returning a stiff neck back to full mobility.

If necessary I will perform postural analysis and muscle testing. This will all assist me in giving you the best treatment for you.

Then I will give you the treatment and communicate with you throughout the treatment and work on a pain scale. In my training it was instilled that a 7 out of 10 pain was the most a client should experience. I don't believe that torturing a client will benefit them. It will result in them tensing up there bodies and only adding to their problems. I always make sure I warm up the tissues well, before stretching them or doing deep work as this prevents damaging muscle tissue. When I am finished I let the client get up in their own time.

Then I give them some after care advice. I like to empower my clients as one hour treatment will benefit them but it is what they do for the rest of the week that will have a greater affect. I give them simple tips such as self massage and stretches that can help ease aches. I show them relaxation techniques if stress seems to be a problem. I may give some simple dietary advice, your tissues muscular or otherwise can't be healthy if your eating rubbish. You wouldn't put low grade dirty fuel into your car. Then if necessary I will make a new appointment.

Please note that confidentiality is very important to me. I treat my clients with respect at all times.