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MASSAGE AND OSTEOPATHY

We all hear about the benefits of massage; in fact, most of us have personally experienced it.

A sports massage, however, encompasses deep tissue methods and a specialised focus on precise pain.
With 'sports' in the name, it sounds like a treatment only athletes would need.

Still, it's a massive benefit to everyone, especially those who suffer from some of the following conditions:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle strains
  • Joint connectivity issues
  • Bad posture
  • Recovery from an accident or whiplash
  • Tennis elbow
  • Lower and upper back pain
Trained professionals do sports massages.

They can spot deep-rooted causes that sometimes affect other parts of the body and work through damaged or tense muscles.

So, it's a more educated approach to comfortable relaxation massages.

HOW CAN SPORTS MASSAGE HELP BODY PAIN?

There are many ways a sports massage can help with body discomfort or ongoing pain.

Here are a few ways a sports massage can be beneficial:

  • Ease muscle tension and soreness
  • Enhanced flexibility
  • Lower recovery periods after an injury
  • Limit muscle spasms
  • Reduce stress and induce a calmer mood
  • Help to maintain healthy sleep patterns
The list of sports massage benefits goes on and on, depending on what you need to recover.

So, while a calming spa massage can be soothing or tranquil, sports massage takes it to another level by tackling core issues related to body pain.

Sports massage therapists will also generally use a mix of different techniques, including stretching of the muscles, active movement and the compression of trigger points.

This makes a lot of sports massage benefits overtly similar to osteopathy treatment, but they aren't exactly the same.

Though, there are still many similarities. A few examples are listed below:

  • Both use hands-on therapy practices
  • Both work on the alignment of the body
  • Both use massage to heal body pain
  • Both enhance the movement of the body
  • Both are natural remedies and don't use tools
  • Both focus on connecting joints and muscles to ease tension

HOW DO OSTEOPATHY AND SPORTS MASSAGE CONNECT?

Unless you're a trained physical therapist, osteopath or sports massage therapist, it can be hard to understand the variances between the techniques and untangle which method is needed for your precise body pain.

Our therapists perform sports massages as part of their holistic and full-body approach, which ties the professions together.

However, with our specific education and training, we can offer a diagnosis, provide well-rounded treatment plans and manage the process in its entirety.

Making our treatment sessions a bit more advanced or comprehensive in a sense.

It's best to speak to a professional and together discuss what treatments your condition requires.

For some, it may be a series of sports massage appointments focusing on one area of pain.

For others, it may be a more thorough approach and lifestyle change, which is where an osteopath or physio is preferable.

For more information on the variances and similarities between osteopathy and massage or what appointment to book - please contact us.

We are happy to help and answer any questions you may have before you start the healing process.

After all, our bodies are our greatest instrument, and we must do what we can to take care of them.
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