Welcome to Black Sheep Fitness
Everything Training Should Be.......And More
Making the change is always difficult. Black Sheep Fitness is here to help you make your change....and what a change that could be. We dont mess around, we use what works to achieve your goals. We give you all the knowledge, the exercises and the support to make the most of your time and to help you make your change now and maintain it into the future. Better Living and Better Life....what more could you ask for?
Exercise and fitness allied to a healthy lifestyle
Moving you beyond what you think and know about exercise, nutrition and yourself. Everyone has there own ideas about health and exercise, but do you really know? Getting the facts right from the beginning of your journey means that you can get there in the most effective way for you. Because we care about getting it right, means that you get treated as an individual and your specific needs are met. The Black Sheep.
Effective Treatments to get you back up and running....
When you choose Black Sheep Fitness for your treatment and rehabilitation, you can feel confident that you will receive the best service and treatment. With years of experience using different modalities, there's treatment and advice that will allow you to get back on track. From ancient acupunture to cutting edge Neurokinetic Therapy, we have the answer.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) is a simple, non-invasive form of manual therapy to manipulate or mobilise soft tissue structures of the human body. IASTM is becoming increasingly popular these days among both practitioners and patients alike due to its remarkable safety and efficacy profile. The therapy is nonaggressive, yet effective, and can be applied either alone or in conjunction with supplementary exercises and additional modalities.
What is IASTM?
IASTM is a procedure in which instruments are used to mechanically stimulate soft tissue structures to relieve musculoskeletal pain and discomfort and improve overall mobility and function. In other words, IASTM is a common term that describes the use of a range of ergonomically designed tools to enable clinicians to detect and treat soft tissue pain, injury, and dysfunction.
· Fascial restrictions
· Scar tissue
· Fibrotic nodules
· Tissue degeneration
The IASTM instruments are uniquely designed to provide an efficient detection of soft tissue dysfunction and accurate application of force during treatment. These tools help to apply different strokes and palpate at deeper levels of the body. In other words, they allow greater depth of mechanical force transmission at various body points where the hands simply cannot reach. At Black Sheep Fitness, we use the Rockblade tools. These have been carefully designed to include multiple surfaces and angles that allow soft tissue work on any part of the body. From wide flat surfaces suitable for large surface area work such as quads and hamstrings to neat grooves that allow close work through areas like the knuckles and tendinous areas like the Achilles.
Conditions suitable for treatment can include:
- Medial and lateral epicondylitis ( golfer's and tennis elbow)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Neck & back pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Post-surgical & traumatic scars
- Patellofemoral disorders
- Myofascial pain and restrictions
- Chronic & acute sprains/strains
- Reduced ROM due to scar tissue
- Achilles tendinosis
- IT-band syndrome
IASTM is based upon the concept of deep friction massage applied transverse to the direction of specific tissue involved, to reach the soft tissue structures of tendon, ligament, and muscle. This technique could induce a therapeutic movement within the affected tissue and help maintain the mobility, preventing adhesions of scars by evoking local hyperaemia (increased blood flow). IASTM adheres to the same the rationale for traditional cross friction or transverse friction massage, but the difference is that it is performed with specially designed instruments. that provides the clinician with a mechanical advantage, which allows deeper penetration, rapid localisation and more effective treatment. It also helps to apply longitudinal pressure along the course of muscle fibres. Another advantage of using IASTM is that both the patient and the clinician perceive an increased vibration sense, which is generally perceived to be an indication of altered tissue properties. This elevated perception eases the task of evaluating structural and /or functional tissue changes. Coincidentally, it also increases the patient's conciousness of altered sensations within the affected tissues.