Techniques

Soft tissue therapy

Involves direct physical action on the soft tissues of the body. The target structures include the muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other connective tissue such as fascia. The best known example of a soft tissue technique is massage. Soft tissue techniques include a whole range of massage depths, pressures and durations. Your Osteopath is a professional who understands what techniques are right for your body at any given time.

Joint articulation

Sometimes we get stuck, our joints do not move as well as they should or could. Articulation is a passive movement applied in a smooth rhythmic fashion to gradually stretch contracted muscles, ligaments and tissue by working against the resistance of these and related tensions, which may be thought of as maintaining the joint in an abnormal position. Basically the surrounding muscles and ligaments often restrict the joint movement – the joint is then stuck or restricted. Articulation is a more gentle persuasive technique to help mobilise the restricted joint.

Kinesio taping

Kinesio Tape is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It has a texture and elasticity very close to living human skin, it is thin and light weight. It is used to; Re-educate the neuromuscular system, Reduce pain, Optimize performance, Prevent injury and Promote improved circulation and healing.

Dry Needling

This is the use of solid, single-use, surgical stainless steel needles for therapy of muscle pain. Use of a solid needle has been found to be as effective as injection of substances for the relief of pain in muscles and connective tissue in some cases. Dry needling targets the trigger points, which is the direct and palpable source of patient pain. It is an invasive procedure in which a needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a trigger point. A trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle. Dry needling of a trigger point will cause a local twitch response (LTR), which is an involuntary spinal cord reflex in which the muscle fibres contract, the presence of the needle is thought to relax the muscle spasm / trigger point and thus resulting in a healing response.

Craniosacral therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle way of working with the body using light touch. When a Craniosacral therapist places their hands lightly on you, they are using them to listen to you in much the same way that a counsellor might listen to your words. Your body responds to this sensitive touch by beginning to listen to itself. The practitioner senses tensions in the body and helps to release them in a supported and comfortable way. During or after a session you may feel calm and energised, with increased clarity of mind and a feeling of well-being.