MASSAGE


   
WHAT IS MASSAGE THERAPY
Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of a group of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body. While massage therapy is applied primarily with the hands, sometimes the forearms or elbows are used. These techniques affect the muscular, skeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body. The basic philosophy of massage therapy embraces the concept of vis Medicatrix naturae, which is aiding the ability of the body to heal itself, and is aimed at achieving or increasing health and well-being.
THE BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY
The following is a list of conditions for which massage therapy, when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, can prove beneficial:

Anxiety and depression Asthma and Emphysema
Back, leg, and neck pain Cancer
Carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain) Chronic Fatigue syndrome
Dislocations Fibromyalgia
Fractures and edema Gastrointestinal disorders
Headaches Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis
Insomnia Kyphosis and Scoliosis
Multiple sclerosis Parkinson's disease
Muscle tension and spasm Palliative care
Post-surgical rehabilitation Pregnancy and labour support
Sports injuries Strains and sprains
Stress and stress related conditions Stroke
Tendinitis Whiplash
WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY
Osteopathy is a form of drug-free non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles and spine. Its aim is to positively affect the body's nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.

This therapy is a unique holistic (whole body) approach to health care. Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use manual techniques to balance all the systems of the body, to provide overall good health and wellbeing.
Osteopathic treatment in itself is not 'preventative'. Osteopaths respect the body's natural ability as a self-regulating mechanism and only intervene when pain or discomfort is present.

Osteopathy is a way of detecting and treating injured parts of the body such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. It assists the body to function again as a balanced and efficient system, just like a well tuned engine. Once balanced, the body will function with the minimum wear and tear, which enables it to have better function and more energy. Osteopathy can be beneficial for the treatment of acute pain from a current injury or disorder and for the treatment of chronic pain following past injuries or health problems.
THE BENEFITS OF OSTEOPATHY
Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of a group of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body. While massage therapy is applied primarily with the hands, sometimes the forearms or elbows are used. These techniques affect the muscular, skeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body. The basic philosophy of massage therapy embraces the concept of vis Medicatrix naturae, which is aiding the ability of the body to heal itself, and is aimed at achieving or increasing health and well-being.

Osteopathic medicine is helpful to treat the following conditions:

Back pain
Sciatica & disc problems
Head, neck and shoulder pain
Frozen shoulder, Rotator cuff problems
Pain in other joints and limbs
Tennis and golfers elbow
Neuralgia and sinus pain
Arthritis and rheumatism
Nerve irritation
Spondylosis & tension pain
Stress related conditions
Digestive and breathing problems
Headaches and Migraine
Sports injuries
Repetitive strain injuries
Whiplash injuries
Pregnancy and associated symptoms e.g. nausea, heartburn, backache, etc.
Colic and sleep problems in babies

 

FOOT CARE TIPS


  No one is safe from foot problems; however, older and overweight people, diabetics, athletes and dancers who place more demand on their feet are more likely to develop foot disorders. People with diabetes must check their feet regularly as they are more likely to develop serious foot problems.

If your feet hurt, they may be indicating a more serious condition so it is essential to be alert to the warning signs.

Here are a some general foot care tips
  1. 1- Check your feet every day for red spots, cuts, swelling, and blisters.
  2. 2- Wash feet daily and dry them thoroughly.
  3. 3- Keep your skin soft and smooth by using lotion after bathing, but never use it between your toes.
  4. 4- Trim toenails regularly, straight across and file the edges with a nail file.
  5. 5- Wear shoes and socks at all times. Never walk barefoot. Wear comfortable shoes that fit well and protect your feet. Make sure the lining is smooth.
  6. 6- Protect your feet from hot and cold. Wear shoes at the beach or on hot pavement. Don't put your feet into hot water. Never use hot water bottles, heating pads, or electric blankets. You can burn your feet without realizing it.
  7. 7- Keep the blood flowing to your feet. Put your feet up when sitting. Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down when sitting. Do not sit crossed legged for long periods of time. Don't smoke.

Set a time every day to check your feet properly.