Osteopathy for Sporting Injury

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If you’re an active person then you know you’re keeping your health in good order. You’ll also likely be familiar with hurting yourself! An active lifestyle puts strain on our joints and from time to time, injuries occur. From sprains and strains to the more serious tears and dislocations; Sports Massage and Osteopathy can work with you to maintain your fitness to help you minimise, and recover from, injury.

Whether you are training for a marathon, playing five-a-side football on a Sunday afternoon or going for an occasional swim. Osteopathy isn’t just for problems with your back, it can aid recovery of almost any sporting injury including hamstring strains, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, hip and knee pain and shin splint problems.

 

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Strapping and Taping

massage sportsWhat is Strapping and Taping and how can it benefit YOU?

 

Strapping and taping is used mainly in sporting scenarios and generally used for injuries and, in this case, applied alongside Sports Massage. However, it can also help with posture and support which is useful in a massage studio like ours! In this blog, I’ll discuss the problems it can be used for as well as how it can help support good posture. So read on if you want to find out more!

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Organic Facials: Why They’re Great and Why You Deserve One!

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Having a facial deeply cleanses the skin, gets rid of dead skin cells so that it glows, and also gives you a chance to relax with a bit of well-deserved pampering. Take the benefits even further by going organic.

 

Beauty Mantra: ‘If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your face!’

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What to expect when visiting an Osteopath

Written by Laura, who has a Masters from the British School of Osteopathy and she is currently studying medicine at Southampton University. Whilst at the British School she was introduced to Cranial Osteopathy and after completing her Masters attended the Sutherland Cranial College to extend her skill and knowledge base Laura is registered with General Osteopathic Council and a member of the British Osteopathic Association.

 

Southampton OsteopathyWhat to expect when visiting an Osteopath

Osteopaths are musculoskeletal specialists; they have a very detailed knowledge of the anatomy of the entire body with particular emphasis on the joints, bones, and muscles. Osteopaths are particularly interested in movement patterns and how the body functions as a whole. Using holistic concepts they can solve biomechanical issues causing pain or stiffness in the context of a person’s general health and well being.

Osteopaths treat a wide range people for many different reasons. The most common reason for visiting an osteopath is usually because of pain especially if it is impacting on the daily activities of living.  Sometimes people will be referred by massage therapists particularly if that person’s symptoms keep returning or do not respond to massage therapy. The osteopath will seek to solve the underlying issue causing the pain or tension and address the root cause.

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We now offer Acupuncture in Southampton!

In January 2014 – YOU Massage welcome Sharon – BSc (Hons) Lic Ac MBAcC and Member of the British Acupuncture Council – to our Southampton studio!

Here, she introduces this effective and popular Therapy and tells us a little about its History:

 

Introduction to Acupuncture

Acupuncture was first written down 3,000 years ago, and is believed to have been practiced 1,000s of years before this – no-one really knows how old it is.

At its base is heat (Yang) and cold (Yin).  It is the interaction of heat and cold that produces energy (Qi).  When the heat and cold interactions fall short for any reason the energy flow is affected, and disease results.

Hot weather affects us (sun burn, heat stroke, prickly heat) as does cold weather (coughs, colds, flue).

Our emotions, when held long term, are also considered to cause ill health as they affect the flow of energy.  Lifestyle (burning the candle at both ends) and diet (poor, insufficient, excess) are also injurious to health.

Acupuncturists treat everything that ‘Western’ medicine treats, and both have their strengths and weaknesses.   Western medicine is remarkable for the many killer diseases it has all but eradicated and people with quite serious debilitating diseases now go on to lead longer and almost normal lives.  Chinese medicine comes into its own with the day to day diseases that are difficult to treat by Western medicine alone.  Pain within or without anywhere in the body from any cause, addiction, allergies, anxiety and depression, circulation issues, digestive disorders, gynecological disorders, immune disorders, problems affecting the skin to name a few.

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Piriformis Syndrome

The Human Skeleton

I thought I would write a bit about Piriformis Syndrome (PS) since I have had a few clients recently with this condition and I know from the literature that it is relatively under diagnosed. I see so many people in Southampton with symptoms of ‘sciatica’ or gluteal pain that it inspired me to write this blog on how Sport Massage and Deep Tissue Massage can be of real benefit.

 

 Piriformis Syndrome occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated by the piriformis muscle in the hip. Piriformis is a small muscle that connects the lower spine to the upper surface of each thigh-bone and its action is to assist in rotating the hip and turning the leg outward.

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An Introduction to Pregnancy Massage Therapist Kirsty

Hi I’m Kirsty, a relatively new therapist at YOU Massage. I’d like to introduce myself to you and provide you with some details of my training, experience and area of interest.

I am a holistic therapist with 15 years experience in working with pregnant women, babies and their partners. I am trained in Pregnancy Massage, Holistic massage, Swedish massage, Reflexology, Shiatsu (specifically for pregnancy), Reiki, Kinesiology (muscle testing) and infant massage. I am also a teacher trainer with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) and have taught students to instructor level how to teach new parents the art of massaging their babies for nine years.  I am involved with the organisation at an international level, specifically within ethics and research. These classes are held in a group setting, similar to a yoga class.

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Our new Osteopath Laura – an Introduction

Laura Barfi, Registered Osteopath at the GOSC and Master of Osteopathy (M.Ost) is proud to now be a part of the YOU Massage team of professionals.

Laura has advanced skills in Osteopathy, Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Massage.

Laura has had a keen interest in health, sport, and exercise for as long as she can remember. Going on runs with her father at the aged of eight, or playing netball for the under tens at primary school.

Laura developed in to a keen athlete playing a wide variety of different sports throughout her teens and early twenties. Her main focus being athletics and netball the latter of which she still plays today.

As an athlete Laura has first hand experience and understands the frustrations of having an injury and wanting to return to pre-injury training and fitness levels.

Laura discovered the benefits of Osteopathy after successful treatment of a long-standing netball injury. Her rehabilitation inspired her to become an Osteopath and consequently she develop an interest in treating sports injuries.

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Does running increase the risk of osteoarthritis?

Does running increase the risk of osteoarthritis?

By Laura Barfi, Osteopath for YOU Massage, member of the GOsC

 

triggerIt is often stated “today’s runners are tomorrow’s cyclists” but how much truth is in this phrase? Concern over damage to joints as a result of running does seem to be a common theme runners worry about. As an osteopath I am frequently asked questions such as  “am I storing up joint problems for myself later in life?” or “am I going to get arthritis from this running linked injury”.

 

These are questions most runners will be able to relate to, in this article I will examine the evidence linking running with osteoarthritis and future disability.

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Hayfever Blog By Elizabeth

relaxing nature blogWhat is Hayfever?

Otherwise known as allergic rhinitis or pollinosis, hayfever is an allergic reaction triggered by allergens such as dust, pollen, mites, grasses, moulds, animal fur/hair and/or air pollution. The condition tends to occur seasonally with outdoor allergens and at any time to those found indoors but can also happen at any time of year too.

Hayfever occurs when allergens become trapped in the fine hairs and mucous membranes of the nasal passages, mouth, throat and lungs. The immune system reacts by stimulating the release of the antibody Immunoglobin E (IgE), which is designed to fight and eliminate the allergens. Histamine is then released from the IgE to flush the allergens out of the airways, which produces a list of symptoms described below.

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