Osteopathy is a form of drug-free non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, including the joints, muscles and spine. Its aim is to positively affect the body's nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.
This type of therapy is a non-invasive and holistic (whole body) approach to health care. Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use manual techniques to balance ALL the systems of the body, to provide overall good health and wellbeing.
Much like massage therapists, osteopaths use a broad range of gentle hands-on techniques including soft tissue stretching, deep tactile pressure, and mobilisation or manipulation of joints, and can ease the pain caused by joint and muscle stiffness, by improving joint mobility and the flow of blood to the joints, and show arthritis sufferers how to prevent causing injury to themselves.
Functional Range Assessment
This session is a 45 minute comprehensive analysis of your joints biomechanics, and tissue health, ideal and prescribed for anyone with any persistent or recurring joint or muscle pain, coupled with a 45 minute treatment, designed to start correcting your pain right at it's origin, and address the causes of dysfunctional movement/coordination problems, which may cause pain, at their root. Individual protocols and exercise to create lasting results are prescribed.
This type of treatment focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and spastic areas seen in stiff neck, upper and lower back pain, leg muscle tightness and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes seen in classic massage therapy are used , but the movement and pressure are slower and deeper, and concentrated in the areas of tension and pain, in order to reach the deeper layers of muscles and the fascia ( the connective tissue surrounding the muscles).
This type of treatment may use Swedish massage techniques, such as trigger point therapy, assisted stretching, Active Release Technique, joint manipulation as well as deep tissue petrissage to release muscles and relieve pain.
Sports Massage uses similar methods of manipulating the skin, yet tends to be more focussed on sports related areas of pain. Sports massage is dedicated to improving sports performance, boosting flexibility and mobility and handling/alleviating/preventing potential injuries. Stretching is incorporated in the session, to help enhance the flushing of toxins, which may be preventing your tissues to receive the proper nutrients and restore functional length in the tissues.
This type of session, when used in an appropriate treatment plan, can improve the mobility patterns, essential for peak performance
This relaxing therapeutic massage uses Swedish massage techniques which involve manipulation of the soft tissues - muscles, ligaments, tendons, connective tissue and joint capsules. This massage is ideal for relaxing tense muscles, easing stress and tension, and improving sleep.
In this type of session, pressure is generally kept light to moderate, unless otherwise specified, although trigger points may be treated, within the patient's comfort level.
Pregnancy massage is performed with a a focus on the safety and comfort of the expectant mother. A soothing and therapeutic approach is taken to relieve the discomforts associated with the pregnancy, help the client relax and prevent fatigue. During this treatment, swedish massage is used and may include deep work to the neck and shoulders, lymphatic draining may be used to relieve swelling in the hands and feet, face and scalp massage to relieve headaches and foot massage may also be used, depending on each client's needs.
Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for preventative maintenance, deem and to treat pain. In this type of session lasting about 15-20 minutes, assessment will be taken, and take will be applied to alleviate of prevent pain. Corrective exercises may also be given to promote tissue strengthening or correct biomechanics which could be causing your pain.