Passionate About Others
Kirsty qualified as a degree level sports rehabilitator and trainer in 2007 and has further studied Myofascial release, Pilates, advanced treatments, strapping and taping and more. She has also developed her knowledge outside of the treatment room as a life coach and holistic practitioner. This gives kirsty the ability to approach athletes and non athletes from more than one angle and helps people to feel better and function well or rationalise their injuries and work towards their goals related to pain or improved function.
Having worked with GB athletes, Premier League Footballers and a multitude of different international sports people Kirsty has seen and treated a wide variety of injuries but she derives as much pleasure if not more from really being able to help entry-level athletes who are trying to achieve their personal goals or those that don't do sport but want to feel better and function better in their day to day life.
She knows that massage and soft tissue techniques are one of the most effective methods of releasing muscle tension and restoring balance in the musculoskeletal system to alleviate pain. It also plays and important roll in the prevention of injuries because it helps to create a balanced, flexible and efficient body that recovers quickly after training and is better adapted to bounce back from injury.
What we treat
Here at K4, we treat a variety of injuries including but not limited to:
Back and neck pain - This is becoming increasingly common due to the rise in desk-bound jobs. Once one section of the back or neck becomes stiff, the next section overcompensates and so on, stressing the entire area which can be both painful and debilitating. This can often lead to alignment issues affecting the hips and legs.
Muscle pain/ stiffness/ weakness - Exercise can cause waste products to flow through the body. Occasionally, these can get caught in the muscle, meaning oxygen and nutrients are unable to pass through as easily hindering the area from healing post-exercise. Any mini-trauma can also cause the muscle fibres to bind together, stopping the fluidity of the muscle as a whole and leading to stiffness.
Pain or injury with an unknown cause - Often, if there is no obvious trauma or injury, pain is caused by the body over-compensating and thus being out of alignment which has many knock on effects if left untreated.
Overuse injuries - Everyone is guilty of this at times. If the body hasn’t been given sufficient time to rest, the stressed joints and muscles get to a point where they simply stop working.
Effects of treatment
Here are just some of the most commonly known effects of massage. There has been a lot of research into massage and it is know to be one of the most commonly used and effective ways to aid the body
Physical effects of massage
Increased tissue permeability - Deep tissue massage applies pressure to the tissues supporting the bodies natural systems and the tissue membranes, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through and nourish the tissue, the theory suggests this is what helps muscles to recover quicker.
Decreased tissue tension and increased range of motion - Massage stretches the tissues in different ways than your conventional cool down stretches. Bundles of fibres are stretched lengthways and sideways, creating a neurological adaptation which is an efficient method of releasing tension.
Effect scar tissue - Massage can influence the bodies approach to scar tissue left behind from old injuries and thus allows an change in the healing response an increase in range of movement and the flexibility of a particular joint or muscle.
Pain reduction - Tension and waste products trapped in the body can cause pain. Not only does massage change the bodies response to this tension and help to expel the waste products, it also releases endorphins, giving you that extra glow.
Psychological effects of massage
Anxiety reduction - Relaxation is induced which has a direct impact on reducing levels of anxiety.
Feeling invigorated - The muscles and receptors are charged through massage which can produce an invigorating feeling throughout the body.
Mental preparation - Massage can calm the mind and help the mind to prepare for its next challenge.
If you want more of the science please read the blogs or come in and have a chat.