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Massage is the corner stone of Osteopathy.
Massage allows you to get your hands involved, and feel what is going on with a person. Without massage, you will often miss the most obvious pointers to the underlying causes that are causing a person pain.
Massage allows you to find which muscles are painful & tight, get a sense of which areas of the body are holding tension and have trigger points.
Deep tissue massage is diagnostic and therapeutic, and is often the treatment of choice.
Massage should not be painful. During treatment, pressure is gradually increased as the muscles begin to soften.
A bit like kneading a piece of hard putty, which softens and warms as it is kneaded.
At the end of massage treatment, you should feel relaxed and supple.
Precise massage techniques, such as Neuro-Muscular Technique, inhibit Trigger Points in painful muscles. This is a great technique to use as an alternative to acupuncture.
I use massage before osteopathic manipulation. This allows muscles to relax, and makes osteopathic manipulation much easier for the patient.
Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve tension in the muscle and the connective tissues.
This type of massage focuses on the deeper muscles. Deep tissue massage is recommended for people who experience consistent pain, who may be involved in heavy physical activity, or patients who are very stiff.
After massage treatment it is not unusual to feel a new type of ache for a day or two, before your aches and pains completely subside.
This is similar to post exercise stiffness.