My education / experience
Over the course of the last fifteen years I have studied how to heal the body using my hands. Originally gaining a diploma in remedial massage in Australia’s illustrious College of natural therapies over 15 years ago I then went on to study neuromuscular therapy in the United States of America and these two qualifications served as the bedrock for my education in the field of soft tissue therapy.
Since then I have completed many courses and workshops teaching me how to stretch and mobilise joints and connective tissue along with learning how to treat muscular pain through medical acupuncture. I now treat many postural issues and help people relieve pain through a combination of my hands on treatment and rehabilitative exercise.
Neuromuscular therapy (NMT)
NMT is a form of clinical massage therapy that is a specific and scientific approach to pain relief. It involves the manual manipulation of soft tissues to relieve specific complaints of pain and dysfunction. Therapists use deep massage strokes and advanced stretching techniques to soften muscle and connective tissue. This allows them to move deeper into the muscle and break up adhesions, relieve entrapment of nerves and coax muscles to release from spasm.
Neuromuscular therapists are highly trained in Anatomy and Physiology, advanced treatment techniques such as muscle energy technique M.E.T., positional release and trigger point therapy. They will document all treatments and formulate a specific treatment plan. They can advise on necessary stretches or exercises to help you recover fully.
Sports massage is a hands on treatment that is proven to be extremely effective in the treatment of a wide range of musculo-skeletal conditions. It is incredibly useful for injury treatment or injury prevention and can be used in conjunction with exercise therapy for rehabilitation.
Most day spas only provide soft massage suitable for relaxation and comfort. Deep tissue massage is exactly what you need after strenuous exercise to help the body recover fully. Deep strokes help break up adhesions, loosen tight and restricted muscles and help clear the toxic by products left after exercise.
Western medical acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine. It is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, including myofascial trigger point pain. Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of positive effects including increasing the body’s release of natural painkillers – endorphin and serotonin.
“Derry’s commitment, enthusiasm and experience are what make a session with him a truly rewarding experience. I could not recommend him highly enough. His knowledge of nutrition coupled with his back ground in personal training, muay thai, massage and pilates makes him the most holistic Personal Trainer I know. He has such a varied amount of training in each discipline that he is perfectly equipped to get results for anyone no matter what their goals or requirements. I certainly have got the very best advice, training and treatment and know that at any stage I need the motivation to inch me on he is there to advise and encourage.”