What are tendons and ligaments?
What is a tendon?
A tendon is a tough band of fibrous connective tissue that connects muscle to bone and is able to withstand tension. Tendons and muscles work together. Tendons are similar to ligaments and fascia in that they are all made of collagen, except that fascia connects muscles to other muscles and ligaments by joining one bone to another.
During specific movements and under the pressure of certain workloads, the tendon can become restricted. This causes a bunching of the collagen fibres as well as tightness in the fascia and the muscle fibres. We believe that to correctly release this tightness built up in fascia and muscles you must first release the bunching of the tendon with a specifically-dedicated technique: we call this technique the Contractual Tendon release.
What is a ligament?
Ligaments are similar to tendons, but they connect bone to bone and help to stabilize joints. They are composed mostly of long, stringy collagen fibres that form short bands of tough fibrous connective tissue.
Ligaments are slightly elastic. By way of example, properly-trained sportspeople often stretch their ligaments to make their joints more supple. These exercises aid in the prevention of injuries.
Ligaments are a key component of what allows most joints to move: they help to control the joints’ range of motion; while also stabilising them so that the bones move in proper alignment. Most ligaments also aid flexion and extension.
HOW, THEN, DOES CONTRACTUAL TENDON RELEASE (CTR) & CONTRACTUAL LIGAMENT RELEASE (CLR) ACTUALLY WORK?
Contractual Tendon Release or CTR works on the tendons that bind muscles to bone releasing them and allowing them to slide and move in their correct form. Contractual Ligament Release or CLR works on the ligaments of the joints, that hold the bones together, releasing them and allowing them to slide and move in their correct form. Contractual Tendon Release and Contractual Ligament release treatment is commonly performed as part of a 1 hour deep tissue massage as a holistic approach.
The release technique is quite quick. However, the muscles, fascia ,tendons and ligaments need to be warmed up before this therapy can be applied.
DO THESE TECHNIQUES ALSO RELEASE OTHER STRUCTURES DURING THE TREATMENT?
Whilst this technique works to release the tendon and ligament, we also massage to release the fascia (A thin layer system of connective tissue in the body that looks like a spider web and is found throughout the body). Fascia is a very thick woven and interconnected fiber. It covers every muscle, bone, nerve, artery, vein, organ and cell in our body. Fascia can also become “bunched” causing restriction. Because the fascial system is interconnected, symptoms may appear in areas of the body one might assume are unrelated to the actual restricted area. Due to this, we take a holistic approach and treat the whole body in 1 hour sessions.
CTR and CLR, being a holistic therapy, doesn't rely on a detailed diagnosis of the problem as we treat the whole body releasing muscle, fascia, tendons and ligaments.
We believe, to truly relieve and fix pain we treat the cause of the problem rather than the symptom or area itself. In other words, we start away from the problem area releasing the tendons, ligaments and muscles around it and then work towards it. This method of treatment has had proven results of permanent healing and pain relief over the past 25 years.
These results have been experienced by people who have had a wide range of conditions and injuries, where other treatments or therapies have given little or no improvement.
WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE AND CONTRACTUAL TENDON RELEASE AND CONTRACTUAL LIGAMENT RELEASE?
A Deep Tissue or Remedial Massage concentrates on the deeper layers of muscle and fascia tissue, specifically the individual muscle fibers. While these treatments use many of the same techniques as a relaxation massage the pressure may be more intense and specific as it focuses to release muscle tension.
Contractual Tendon release also massages and releases the tendon(which connect muscle to bone) the fascia (connective tissue,) and muscle fibres giving it a move holistic approach. Contractual ligament release will release the ligaments(which connect bone to bone.) but then as a treatment we also use CTR.
Using Contractual Tendon Release (CTR) along with Contractual Ligament Release (CLR) can cause some discomfort, however it usually only lasts a few seconds but the results are amazing.