Osteopathy and Kinesio® Taping

Kinesio 1Kinesio® Taping

Osteopathy has a number of principles on which it is basedone of which is that The Body Possesses Self-Regulatory and Self-Healing Mechanisms ie. the body has built-in healing mechanisms.

The Kinesio® method is also based on that principle, and taping is designed to affect the body in such a way as to assist this process. As such taping can help prolong the benefits of osteopathic treatment.

  • Taping works by providing gentle stimulation to various types of sensory and chemical receptors on the skin and around the joints and muscles, during movement.                                                                                                                  
  • Taping assists and gives support to joints and ligaments, enabling you to return to your normal physical activities safely and more quickly.
  • Taping can help protect muscles and tendons from excessive force and overuse, by stimulating a modified muscular contraction.
  • Taping can help reduce pain and swelling, improve circulation and reduce trigger points, by decreasing pressure on chemical receptors and by manipulating muscle contractions which also help control the circulation of blood and lymph.
  • Taping can help to minimise fascial contraction during acute soft tissue injury and help to reorganize fascia following chronic impairment. Fascia is an uninterrupted web of connective tissue from head to toe, extending to all fibres including our organs.Fascia is responsible for maintaining structural integrity, for providing support and acting as a force dampener. When fascia is too tight repair is restricted.
  • Taping can be used to stimulate nerves and organs. 
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Chris the Yoga Teacher

 

Chris has recently completed six months of intensive training and graduated as a Yoga Teacher. Yay!

She completed her training in June 2013 and plans to use her new skills to help develop exercise classes targeting specific groups …. watch this space for updates.

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Development of the Face

In early November, Jude attended a four day osteopathic course about the development and treatment of the face.

The approaches to treatment she learnt has expanded the range of techniques she uses to treat babies with feeding problems, misshapend head, ear problems and sleeping difficulties.

These techniques are also used to treat people who have had a head injury or whiplash, and those with jaw and bite problems, or sinusitis.

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Babies with Feeding Difficulties

SucklingAt a recent meeting of the Lactation Consultants of Australia and NZ, Jude gave a presentation about how cranial osteopaths treat babies with feeding difficulties.  Many had had instances of babies being able to latch for the first time after receiving osteopathic treatment.

If you have a baby who is having difficulty breast feeding for example, unable to latch to the breast, maintain a latch, or unable to suckle effectively, having your baby assessed and treated by a cranial osteopath may be helpful.

Some signs that your baby could benefit from osteopathic treatment are if your baby favours or feeds better from one breast, favours their head to one side, or has difficulty opening or closing their mouth.

Other indicators are if your baby has had a difficult labour such as a prolonged second stage, or a forceps or ventouse delivery.

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Did you know that Osteopathy can help with headaches?

headache-2Headaches come in many forms and there are many causes. They can be due to the presence of an illness or condition such as high blood pressure, a side effect of medication, or trauma to the head or neck.

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and arise from muscle tension or joint strain in the neck and upper back which can be caused by stress, whiplash injury, poor posture, jaw problems, teeth grinding to name a few.

Osteopaths are trained to diagnose whether headaches are due to common causes or serious pathology.  As manual therapists, osteopaths use their hands and observation skills to assess and identify the cause of musculoskeletal problems.

Osteopaths use a range of techniques to treat musculoskeletal imbalances by improving joint movement, muscle tone and blood flow. They also provide advice about posture and lifestyle to help headache sufferers manage their headaches. Your osteopath will ask you questions and carry out relevant tests before treatment to ensure that you are provided with the best possible care.  You may be referred to other healthcare specialists if it is considered necessary.

 

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