Massage and Osteopathy = Bodywork



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Have you ever pulled a muscle so badly that you couldn’t move anymore? Have you ever felt achy in your joints, or misaligned? Well, my own experience with muscle pain has led me to something called Bodywork.  What is that exactly?

I used to be a skeptic whenever it came to bodywork. How much can a person really heal without taking prescribed drugs and treatments? With time, I had adopted the mentality that popping an Advil would fix everything. Then I had my first encounter with massage therapy…. I was working for an outdoorsy company that required heavy lifting. I was warned repeatedly to lift with my legs so that my back would stayed protected. Easier said than done… as I eventually gave into my first instinct and lifted with my back. Big mistake! My back gave out and I wasn’t able to straighten it, thankfully, the standby medics were called to my rescue.

I was lifted onto an oversized stretcher, carried past all of my co-workers and brought to the medic bay. I would easily count that as one of the most embarrassing moments that has happened to me. To make matters worst, my negligence of alignment resulted in a pulled gluteus! For those who do not know this formal word, I essentially pulled a muscle in my butt. Mortified is a good word to use for this situation.

I was greeted by a knowledgeable woman in her thirties at the medic bay. She got me to lay on my stomach and locate the point of pain. She started working quickly on 3 muscles in my gluteus. She was moving my legs in circles, massaging and stretching it out. Remarkably after 5 minutes, the pain was greatly alleviated. The quick recovery and diminished pain is the reason I started loving body work medicine.

 

BUT WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OSTEO AND MASSAGE?

I started researching more and more into about massage therapy.  This is how I discovered a new term, Osteopathy. Previously, I had always associated massages and osteopathy to be the same thing. Reading more into it, I discovered there is a huge difference.

Osteopathy focuses on treating your whole body while massage therapy concentrates on manipulating the body tissues to enhance a persons well being. Osteopaths are fully licensed physicians who focus on the musculature, skeletal, visceral, cranial, and sacral system. Osteopathy is a drug-free type of manual medicine to restore the body to total health by strengthening musculoskeletal framework. The whole aim of osteopathy is to positively promote the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic system.

 Massage therapy is also one of the oldest forms of medicine that has existed. It can help with anxiety, tightness in muscles, and some injuries that are muscles related. Massage therapy is also considered a form of complementary and alternative medicine. It is offered as a treatment for a wide range of medical treatment. To name a few, this type of technique can help with joint pain, arthritis, and tennis elbow.

TOP BENEFITS OF MASSOTHERAPY:

  • Relaxation
  • ANXIETY
  • Chronic Migraines and headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive Issues
  • Blood circulation and high blood pressure
  • Repetitive Strain Injury

HEALTH ISSUES THAT CAN BE TREATED BY OSTEOPATHY:

  • Pain in the Shoulder, Elbow, Pelvis, Hip, Knee
  • Injuries in Sport, Tendonitis, Whiplash Injury
  • Cramps
  • Respiratory Problems Such as Asthma
  • Ringing in the Ear
  • Sports Injuries, Acute, and Chronic
  • Reduced Mobility
  • Headaches
  • Stomach Pain, Nausea, Burning
  • Chronic Fatigue

Massage and Osteopathy is a type of science that isn’t invasive like a cortisone shot or an Advil. It’s more about moving and giving your body that motion it needs to re-align and recalibrate.

The most important thing you can do for yourself is to take care of yourself. Think of your body as a car, you need to regularly do maintenance on it so that it doesn’t suddenly break down. Everything you do: the massages, osteopath appointments, yoga classes… these are ways to invest in your own well being. 

Want to give it a try? Check out our incredible team, here, at Energie EnCorps. 

Give us a call at (514) 505-9642 or book an appointment online

For Massages: http://goo.gl/uPDoXI

For Osteopathy: http://goo.gl/2CFLZO.

Cheers!
Eleni


Eleni is a marketing coordinator and receptionist at Energie EnCorps. She loves to write and speaks 3 languages so don’t be afraid to say hi!


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