Gentler forms of massage benefit the more broad sweeping muscles and tissues of the body which help with injury prevention and healing response after injury.
Mobilisation of the joints and the soft tissues around them is very beneficial for stiffened joints and arthritic conditions which cause a reduction in joint mobility. It involves the patient relaxing and the osteopath physically moving the patients limbs or spine to achieve a greater range of movement than when he started.
Acupuncture is becoming more and more regularly used in UK medicine. It involves the inserting of very fine needles into the body, often without pain, but can cause a very short term sensation of pain to some. I use medical dry needling which is different to Chinese acupuncture which works along meridian lines. Dry needling focuses on the specific structures felt to be causing the symptoms, placing a needle to the required depth to affect that structure. All the needles I use are single use sterile needles and are perfectly safe.
Acupressure works along the same lines as acupuncture without the use of needles, and involves placing and maintaining pressure on points of the body which help to release tension. I find it very useful in many symptom presentations, such as nausea from neck and shoulder tension.
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