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Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. As an Osteopath we believe for the body to work well its structure must also work well.
After a full case history asking details of your general health and medical history, a full examination will be performed and I can determine if Osteopathy is the appropriate treatment for you. A treatment plan can then be discussed, explained and started with consent.
This can include osteopathic techniques, joint manipulations, gentle articulation as well as stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscular tension and therefore enhance blood and nerve supply to tissues and help the body's own healing mechanisms.
I work with you to find what you are comfortable with and want to achieve out of treatment as well as advising you on exercises to aid recovery and posture and prevent symptoms reoccurring.
Medical acupuncture/ Dry needling has derived from Chinese acupuncture and instead of using concepts of Yin and Yang and circulation of Qi, it uses knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology as well as evidence based medicine.
It is a therapy involving inserting fine needles through the skin to stimulate underlying muscular, connective tissue and myofascial trigger points. These trigger points are very irritable spots in muscles and are associated with the production and maintenance of a pain cycle. The therapeutic effect of dry needling is to disrupt the direct stimulation of the trigger point . The needle will elicit a 'local twitch response' which is an involuntary contraction of the muscle that in turn allows the muscle to relax. The brain and nervous system release pain relieving chemicals and the site is stimulated to increase blood supply which in turn promote healing.
Dry needling can be used to treat many dysfunctions over the whole skeletal system and has been found to have an analgesic effect.
Trigger points are often located deep in the muscle and are difficult or impossible to reach with hands or manual manipulation techniques alone. These fine needles are effective in reaching these spots hence the combination of the different therapy techniques is so effective.
Massage is a treatment aimed to relax, revive and aid recovery. It can be used entirely on its own or combines with my other skills to be as effective as possible.
Swedish massage is a lighter massage used to improve circulation, ease tension and tired muscles and aid relaxtion generally. Its perfect to reduce both emotional and physical stress.
Deep tissue/sorts massage is a more firm massage and is commonly used to treat chronic aches and pains, tension in the neck, shoulders and back and for more medical reasons such as post injury. Often stretching, compression and trigger point techniques will be used. It is an overall more intense treatment but effective and supportive through all stages of training from injury to recovery and prevention of further injury before and after exercise. This treatment isn't aimed at athletes but can be beneficial to anyone who regularly takes part in exercise.