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Therapeutic and Swedish Massage
The therapeutic effects of massage have been known for centuries and in the UK massage formed the basis for the development of physiotherapy.
Massage can have long lasting effects, according to recent chronic back pain research, especially when delivered by a registered health professional who can diagnose the cause of your aches and strains.
The power of touch and the soothing and calming nature of a massage treatment can leave you relaxed, restful and balanced.
This light touch modality is known to have beneficial physical effects, especially on relaxing the nervous system.
Craniosacral therapy seeks to restore the mobility of the nerve tissue in the whole body and by doing so relaxes the tissues those nerves supply.
This soothing and calming treatment can help with the effects of stressful work schedules and demanding lifestyles.
Hot Stone Massage
This therapy has roots in Ayurveda treatments in India, Chinese and Japanese therapies, and from American Indian culture.
Originally volcanic basalt stones were placed into hot springs and used directly on the body.
Today's hot stone massage seeks to relax stiff and achey muscles, allowing your body naturally to unwind all the stresses of the day.
Tui Na Massage
This ancient Chinese massage is based on manipulating the acupuncture points through "pulling" and "pushing" the meridians, joints and soft tissues to enhance the flow of chi in the body.
This treatment, especially when combined with acupuncture, can help to balance the yin and yang energies in the body, leaving you relaxed and calm.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
MLD can be incorporated into a therapeutic massage to encourage lymph flow. It can be used for clinical conditions such as lymphoedema, for example after lymph node removal, when delivered by a registered Osteopathic health professional.
Many patients find the gentle pumping effects to be restorative, relaxing and keeps their body and mind in balance.
Visceral manipulation is a gentle, pain-free treatment that seeks to diagnose and mobilise soft tissue restrictions in the abdomen, pelvis and chest that surround our body organs.
It is thought that these restrictions, once mobilised, can help to reduce pain, improve fluid flow and increase the movement of the nervous system.
It has been found to be helpful in treating symptoms caused by digestive issues, pelvic issues and chest complaints.
Myofascial release (MFR) therapy was developed from the work of Ida Rolf and her followers. Rolfers, as they became to be known, assess the body structure according to the tensional lines created by the connective tissues of the body. By releasing those tensions through direct treatment aided postural change.
MFR, as developed by Ida Rolf and later John Barnes PT, aids in the development of good posture, joint and muscle mobility, improvement of balance, proprioception and blood flow and essentially to help you embody good health.
Mindfulness meditiation is a whole body process of bringing attention into the current moment. It is thought to be helpful in the management of patients with persistent pain.
Using body scans, breath work and exploring the body-mind connection into the present can help people to become increasingly aware and ultimately to accept their condition without judgement or prejudice.
Mindfulness meditation is conducted in one-to-one sessions incorporating suitable therapies at your decision under the guidance of your Osteopath.