An osteopath specialises in the treatment of the musculoskeletal system. Osteopaths believe that the body can heal itself if the right combination of manual techniques such as massage and the manipulation of muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons are used to bring the body back to a cohesive whole.Osteopaths usually treat patients who complain of:headaches, bad backs, neck pain, sports and work injuries, sciatica, repetitive strain injuries (RSI), asthma, joint pain, menstrual problems, pregnancy problems.There are also many other conditions that may benefit from treatment by an osteopath.
Osteopaths take a case history of each patient. They observe how the patient’s body functions when they sit, stand and lie down, as well as physically examine the patient by using palpation to determine which areas of the body are healthy and which are in pain.
An osteopath also observes the spine, shoulders , pelvis and limbs. At the initial consultation, the osteopath will devise a treatment plan for the patient, if he or she thinks that osteopathic treatment is suitable.
If the osteopath determines that osteopathic treatment is not suitable for the patient, they will refer the patient to the appropriate health professional.
Osteopaths may treat a wide range of patients, from children to the elderly. They can assist pregnant women by helping to reduce back pain as well as readying the body for childbirth.
After the initial consultation, a patient may need to see the osteopath only once or twice more, or may need to come back for six or more treatments. At the next session, the osteopath will determine if the treatment made an improvement in the patient’s condition and based on the patient’s answer, will decide whether to continue with that specific treatment or to try a new approach.
Myotherapy is the assessment, diagnosis & treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological pain and injuries using a wide range of modalities tailored to each individual such as therapeutic massage, trigger point release, dry needling, cupping, myofascial stretching, joint mobilization.
REMEDIAL AND DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Remedial massage/Deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body, through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, by either following or crossing over the muscle fibres, fascia and tendons.
These types of massage therapy are usually used to specific problems associated with chronic muscular pain, injury rehabilitation, sporting and occupational injuries, RSI, and physical and mental fatigue.
The techniques can include trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage and stretching thereby creating an improved range of motion through the joints. It’s important to drink plenty of water after a deep-tissue session to help eliminate toxins from the body.
Pregnancy and postnatal massage can be both a treat and a therapy to ease some the aches and pains caused by the pressures of pregnancy. Because of the special conditions of pregnancy, and in the immediate postnatal period, we suggest using only a practitioner specifically trained in pregnancy massage or postnatal massage during this time. It is recommended that you wait until the end of your first trimester (12 weeks) before seeking any form of pregnancy massage. There are many physical benefits to Pregnancy Massage, in addition to the nurturing and emotional support provided by the practitioner. Massage reduces peripheral swelling, soothes the nervous system, helps to prevent insomnia, muscle cramps and back pain.
Care must be taken during the first trimester but Pregnancy Massage is beneficial throughout the whole pregnancy. Various techniques are used as the client progresses through the pregnancy and massage may be performed whilst she is lying on her side, seated, or on a special table that allows her to lie on her stomach. Once the pregnancy is advanced, she is discouraged from lying on her back as this may cause pressure on deep blood vessels. Regular massage throughout the pregnancy is also said to shorten labour time and the return to optimal fitness after birth.
Dry needling is a therapy that uses fine needles applied to the musculoskeletal system in order to deactivate myofascial trigger points. A myofascial trigger point can be defined as a point of hyperirritability in a muscle that is painful when compressed and can cause referred pain, tenderness or motor dysfunction.
Dry needling is commonly used for treating conditions such as fibromyalgia, back pain, headaches and migraine, joint pain osteoarthritis, inflammatory conditions such as tendonitis, post surgery conditions, and acute or chronic trigger point pain.
Sports massage is a type of massage that is specifically designed to prevent and relieve injuries and conditions that are associated with exercise. It can often be quite strenuous and is meant to relieve and reduce the stress and tension that can build up within the body’s soft tissues while exercising. It can be carried out before, during, or after playing sport or exercising and uses techniques that are designed to increase endurance and performance, to minimise the chances of injury and, if there is an injury, to reduce the recovery time.
Sports massage can treat a variety of ailments and injuries that may occur as a result of exercise. It also has other benefits that allow you to train or exercise more efficiently.
Cupping is used to expel toxins from areas of pain and tightness and uses glass cups, held by suction, to massage the body. The action on the nervous system can be sedating and the client can experience a deep state of relaxation. Traditionally the cups are placed on the back, shoulders and lower back. After treatment clients can experience a feeling of lightness and flexibility in the area which was creating pain or range of movement restrictions. Cupping can be either stationary or in massage. Stationary cups are left on the skin for 5 to 15 minutes to facilitate the release of stagnant blood, pathogenic factors and dispel internal heat.