What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a safe and gentle method of assessing, treating and preventing a wide range of health problems. An Osteopath may use a combination of movement, stretching, targeted deep tissue massage and manipulation of a person’s muscles and joints to improve function, relieve pain and aid recovery. Osteopathic treatment does not target just your pain but treats the parts of the body that have caused the symptoms. An osteopath has a holistic approach and believes that your whole body will work well if it is in good structural balance. The minimum qualification for an osteopath is completion of a four or five year degree and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) advises that GPs can safely refer patients to an osteopath for treatment.
An Osteopath may help you by:
Relieving your pain
Taking less painkillers
Making your joints move more easily
Providing less discomfort
Reducing risks of sports injuries
Healing more quickly after an injury
My Osteopathy treatment may include the following:
Sports and Remedial and Deep Tissue Massage
Functional exercise rehabilitation
What is Sports and Deep Tissue Massage?
Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage; it includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (a form of connective tissue that lines and ensheathes the other soft tissues). Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury. Deep tissue massage applies deeper pressure than holistic or normal massage techniques.