Let’s face it we all hate doing the stretches and exercises we are given at the end of treatment (myself included) and the reality is, most of us do them a couple of times with the best of intentions then loose motivation. The last thing you feel like doing at the end of a long day is your ‘homework’. BUT they are massively important. As therapists, there is a lot we can change in a session but it’s what you do every day in between that really has the power to create lasting change and maximise the benefit of your treatment.
Regular massage plays an important role in the life of any sports people, injured or not. We use a variety of technqiues to:
Reduce oedema (swelling) in injuried tissue
Break down scar tissue
Increase range of motion in joints and muscles
Relaxation / Recovery
Our therapists have experience in treating elite athletes locally and internationally, and are skilled not only in hands on treatment, but also assessment and exercise pescription. Book in now to find out how you are tracking.
I’m not going to bore you with all the anatomy of the face and jaw, but here are some key structures that are useful to know:
The jaw joint (called the temporal mandibular joint or TMJ). This is the part that can click, pop and lock on some people.
The powerhouse muscle known as your masseter. This sits outside the mouth along your jaw bone. You’ll feel this pop out when you clench your teeth, because that’s its key job when chewing. If you clench your jaw regularly, this is the guy that will need some attention and is frequently associated with chronic headaches.
Little muscles just inside your mouth called you pterygoids. These deviate your jaw from one side to the other and get very unhappy on people who grind their teeth. If you’re not sure if you do, ask your partner…apparently it’s very loud at night!