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SKILL TO HEAL
Easing pain and bringing your body into balance
Skill to Heal
Osteopathy recognises the importance of the link between the structure of the human body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on the body’s skeleton and joint function along with the underlying muscles, soft tissue and internal organs.
Osteopaths consider each person as an individual. Utilising a highly developed sense of touch, they identify problem areas of the body. Using gentle stretching and mobilising techniques as well as manipulating joints, an osteopath works with the body to create the perfect conditions to facilitate the healing process.
Treatment usually consists of a combination of soft-tissue releasing techniques, and some specific adjustments affecting joints and soft-tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments). Advice can also be given on self-help treatments.
Although osteopaths treat many conditions, most people think of us as ‘back specialists’. Back and neck pain is what many osteopaths treat the majority of the time. Osteopathic treatment does not target symptoms only but treats the parts of the body that have caused the symptoms. Generally Osteopaths take a holistic approach and believe that the whole body will work well if it is in good structural balance.
Imagine, for example, a car that has one of its front wheels not quite pointing straight. It may run well for a while, but after a few thousand miles, the tyre will wear out. You can apply this example to the human body, which is why it is so important to keep the body in good balance. We use a wide range of techniques, including massage, cranial techniques (sometimes referred to as ‘cranial osteopathy’) and joint mobilization and this breadth of approach allows us to focus on every patient’s precise needs.
Enhance Health & Wellbeing
Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are dozens of types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities).
People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons – to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain, and promote overall health and wellness.
Sports therapy and rehabilitation is concerned with musculoskeletal conditions arising from sporting activities. It focuses on understanding and preventing sports injuries and dealing with the effects of physical and emotional trauma due to sports and exercise related injuries.
However, sports therapy is not only for injured athletes, but many common muscular complaints such as back pain, mobility problems, postural problems and people with physically demanding jobs.
Alleviate Stress & Tension
Sports massage aims alleviate stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. When minor injuries occur due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively, eliminating niggling injuries that get in the way of performance and achievement.
Sports massage is ideal for treating injuries, as well as preventative treatment, dealing with the health of muscle, connective tissue, range of movement, tone, symmetry, balance of muscles and quality of posture.
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.
It is a common treatment technique in orthopaedic manual physical therapy. Although various dry needling approaches exist, the more common and best supported approach targets myofascial trigger points. From a pain science perspective, trigger points are constant sources of peripheral nociceptive input leading to peripheral and central sensitization. Dry needling cannot only reverse some aspects of central sensitization, it reduces local and referred pain, improves range of motion and muscle activation pattern, and alters the chemical environment of trigger points.