Shapeshifters Studio - The Specialists in Physical Makeover

Sports Massage Birmingham & Deep Tissue Massage Birmingham

Sports Massage Birmingham at Shapeshifters Studio combines Deep Tissue Massage, Biomechanical Assessment and other soft tissue techniques to help alleviate symptomatic pain from everyday activity to sports specific conditioning.

Due to the stresses and strains of modern life it is very easy to allow our body to become de-conditioned through in-activity. That's why Sports Therapy should be an essential element in keeping fit and looking after our bodies. Many aches and pains that we put down to ageing or over exerting ourselves can arise from a multitude of reasons;

  • • Structural imbalance (bad posture)
  • • Repetitive strain (work & sports)
  • • Poor sleeping position
  • • Exposure to toxins (environmental & indigenous)
  • • Sedentary lifestyle (spending too much time in the seated position)
  • • Unsuitable foot wear & restrictive clothing (high heels)
  • • Emotional & physiological duress (stress)

All of which can lead to tension that can resonate throughout the body, leaving us open to injury when we least expect it. Obviously keeping physically active is a great way to keep our bodies in tip top condition, but too much strenuous activity without maintaining muscle and joint mobility can be just as detrimental. Tight muscles are more susceptible to injury and diminish range of movement which will force our body into a pattern of compensation. Compensation will manifest in the form of bad posture, which could make you look over-weight and old before your time. A simple yet effective combination of strength training, flexibility and Soft Tissue Therapy is the best way to keep your-self in tip-top condition when combined with the right nutrient intake.

If you are in need of any help and you would like to get some advice from a specialist then please get in touch for a free consultation.

Shapeshifters Studio Treatment Clinic is located in Selly Oak South Birmingham and is just a short drive from:

Birmingham City Center, Harborne, Moseley, Kings Heath, Kings Norton, Stirchley, Edgbaston, Bourneville, Hall Green, Shirley & Solihull

How do overuse injuries occur?

Over used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
* Acute Conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
* Accumulation of small tears (micro trauma such as typing on a computer)
* Not getting enough oxygen to the muscle (hypoxia)

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis (tendinitis) and nerves can be entrapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is entrapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

What is an ART treatment like?

Every ART session is a combination of an examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his hands or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of muscles fascia, tendons ligaments, and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. These treatment protocols over 500 specific moves are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.

What is the history of Active Release Techniques?

ART has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients' symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, and ligaments responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients' problems. He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use ART.

How soon can I expect results?

In most cases, following the first treatment a patient will experience a positive result. This may be an increased range of motion, less pain, increased muscle strength, or decreased numbness and tingling.

Is this similar to other soft tissue treatments, such as other forms of massage?

NO. ART is very different than any other soft tissue, bodywork, massage, or other therapy. ART is very specific and the results achieved utilizing this technique are much more predictable, reproducible, and longer lasting.

Once my problem has been corrected what are the chances of the problem returning?

If the patient is advised as to any lifestyle modifications and follows through with the prescribed exercise/stretches, the likelihood of the condition recurring is very low. Dr. Leahy reported a recurrence rate of only 4% in his carpal tunnel study, of which half (2%), had not followed through with their exercises.

Can I benefit from ART® even if I have already been evaluated and treated by other doctors and specialists?

Only a provider experienced and trained in ART can determine if you might benefit from this treatment. Most of the cases seen in my office are those patients whom have been treated by other health care providers unsuccessfully. Most of these patients are pleasantly surprised when they experience an improvement in their condition after just one or two treatments. There are cases where surgery might be inevitable. Since ART is non-invasive and has no side effects, it is practical to try ART first. In the event surgery in unavoidable, post-surgical care and rehabilitation can also be facilitated with ART.

How does this form of treatment combined benefit an athlete?

Whether the athlete is in senior school, university, or an adult; their sport is focused around specific and repetitive movements. The nature of repetitive motions and the unavoidable acute injury are the exact type of conditions ART was designed to correct. By increasing range of motion, decreasing swelling, and minimizing the formation of non-functional scar tissues, an athlete can benefit from ART whether they are injured or not. With the continuing growth and recognition of ART more and more college teams, professional athletes and corporations are utilizing this form of health care to decrease downtime and increase functional productivity. ART is the official medical provider to all IRONMAN events in the United States, and works with numerous NFL, NHL, and college teams, as well as Olympic medical providers.

How long do the treatments take?

The initial consultation, history, examination, and treatment will usually require 30-45 minutes. Subsequent treatments take 15-20 minutes.