Andrea Bond has been a therapist since 2003 and continually adds to her knowledge and skills by attending regular workshops and training courses.
Andrea specialises in the treatment of chronic muscular pain by means of medical acupuncture (dry needling) deep tissue massage and stretch therapy. This has proven to help with the symptoms of fibromyalgia, long term muscle aches and sports injuries, amongst others.
What is dry needling?
Dry needling is an effective and efficient technique for the treatment of muscular pain and myofascial dysfunction.
The practice of ‘dry needling’ involves inserting an acupuncture needle into a trigger point and is typically used to treat the pain associated with injuries. A trigger point is a tender spot in a tight band of muscle which causes pain when pressed or squeezed.
Dry needling or intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is a technique which is extremely effective for relaxing overactive muscles, which contain trigger points.
In simple terms, the treatment involves needling of a muscle’s trigger points without injecting any substance.
What can it help with?
Dry Needling, combined with manual physical therapy treatment, can help the following conditions:
• Acute and chronic tendinitis
• Athletic and sports-related overuse injuries
• Post-surgical pain
• Post-traumatic injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and work related injuries
• Chronic pain conditions
• Headaches and whiplash
• Lower back pain
• Frozen Shoulder
• Tennis Elbow
• Muscle Spasms
• Sciatic Pain
• Hip Pain
• Knee Pain
• Repetitive Strain Injuries
What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist uses massage oil and often uses direct deep pressure. Muscles must be relaxed in order for the therapist to reach the deeper musculature.
Benefits of deep tissue massage:
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
• Chronic pain
• Lower back pain
• Limited mobility
• Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
• Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
• Postural problems
• Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
• Osteoarthritis pain
• Tennis elbow
• Muscle tension or spasm
• After a workout or bodybuilding
More about Andrea:
She has a hugely varied client base from small business owners, fun runners and busy parents to actors, professional sportsmen and the crème of the music industry.
Since 2007, Andrea has toured biannually with the Superstars of WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) as an integral part of the UK Medical and Therapy support team. She has run a therapy and massage suite backstage at V Festival for over ten years and regularly is called out to the major music venues across the UK to assist with emergency therapy needs for performers and crew.
More recently, Andrea has taken the position of therapist to the GBR Men’s White Water Rafting Team.