Osteopathy – Massage of Muscles and Manipulation of Joints
At West Wickham Osteopaths our approach to osteopathy still uses the traditional values taught by Andrew Taylor Still in the way we continue to look at the whole person. But we use traditional medical methods to diagnose disorders and treat using a wide range of traditional osteopathic manipulative techniques.
We use the latest massage, joint mobilisation and manipulation techniques to help the body recover from injury as quickly as possible. We also work alongside sports massage therapists and physiotherapists for a multidisciplinary approach when needed.
Massage uses pressure and stretch to help reduce tension and strain in the body. Medical journals have shown that massage benefits include reduced anxiety and depression, reduced heart rate and reduction of pain. There is also some research to show increased recovery in muscle performance.
Various theories behind how massage works includes blocking nociception (pain gate theory), stimulating the autonomic nervous system which can increase the release of endorphins and serotonin, preventing scar tissue build up, increasing lymph flow, helping sleep and enhancing skeletal growth and remodeling.
Joint mobilisation is the passive movement of a skeletal joint with the aim of providing a therapeutic effect. Osteopathic manipulative technique is the name given to the “cracking” that osteopaths are famous for. The cracking noise heard sometimes during osteopathic treatment is the release of air when a joint is taken to its maximum range.We only use this when it is necessary to do so and with your consent.
You will always be well informed about any possible complications to all treatment and you are never forced in to having osteopathic manipulation (cracking) if you feel unhappy about it. With our approach to osteopathy osteopathic manipulation is generally painless and is safe when administrated by our professionals.
Other treatment options available to patients include:
- Joint Mobilisation
- Dry Needling
- Muscle Energy Technique
- Neuromuscular Technique
- Functional Technique
- Joint Mobilisation
- Exercise Prescription
- Diet and lifestyle changes
- Postural Assessment