Should I see an Osteopath or Chiropractor?

Should I see an Osteopath or Chiropractor? | Thierry Payet

Should I see an Osteopath or Chiropractor?

I had to do some research into this field on account of my ridiculous back. Without rhyme or reason every now and again I am unable to walk!

Nothing had happened that I know about, and yet I can be bed ridden for 2-8 days at the whim of an evil god somewhere.

Enough was enough, I wanted help, but did not know the correct way to turn.

I am a wimp-let’s put it out it out there! I am extremely scared about being popped clicked or manipulated, but feel I have very little option if I wish to live a normal life.

I decided to do a consultation with both and Osteopath and Chiropractor and decide then.

First was the chiropractor. Chiropractors from what I can tell tend to focus mainly on the alignment of the spine as the primary means to relieve problems. This was the focus of the session, and he showed me the various stresses being placed upon my body due to misalignment and bad posture, various models of the spine and vertebrae. He said he could treat me after a further scan, the treatment programme was explained to me and I walked away very confident in the process.

Next was the Osteopath appointment. Whilst waiting, I read some of the pamphlets in the waiting room and was able to learn a little about the discipline. Whereas chiropractors focus primarily upon the skeletal structure, osteopaths look at the body as a whole, drawing from many methods to help and improve it’s efficiency, function and work towards correcting the structure. It treats a broad range of problems throughout the body- from digestive and circulatory, to muscular, soft tissue and nerve related issues.

The appointment was similar at the beginning, although the lifestyle and medical questions that I had to answer were much more extensive than at the chiropractor. My examination was certainly more hands on. The osteopath gave me a full physical before recommending and discussing further information he would like before proceeding. To my surprise, I was actually treated on the day, at the consultation, and I left the property with a core/hip exercise to engage my muscles to strengthen/prevent further problems.

This little “hip trick” really worked for me, it involved engaging a core muscle before doing anything-sitting down standing up, rolling over. It was difficult at first, but a re-learning how to bend when doing anything truly was a revelation! On the strength of this I decided to opt for the Osteopath option-The great variety of techniques to influence the body’s own healing mechanisms appealed to me more than the thought of permanent adjustments.

I am happy with my choice, I am sure that chiropractors are very good with the back, but my problem was with my hip and back- and the holistic approach, ethos and treatment style of an Osteopath just seemed a better fit for me. I also experienced some unexpected positive side effects! After a few sessions I noticed a welcome reduction in headaches and digestive problems that I had been having. It turns out that these symptoms are often related to injuries in other areas.

Don’t be scared of treatment! Try it, it has improved more than just my bad back!



Aching Muscles?

Aching Muscles? | Thierry Payet

Sports massage is not only for the benefit of professional athletes. It can also help for those of us who simply exercise regularly and feel a few aches and pains. The aim is to use fast, vigorous strokes to warm up your muscles prior to an activity or to ease your muscles for a faster recovery afterwards.


What are the advantages of a sports massage?

If it is a relaxing, gentle massage you are after then this is definitely not for you. This type of massage involves the focused and deeper manipulation of soft tissue, skin, tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Sports massage is designed to correct the problems that have arisen through strenuous or repetitive physical activity, or even a trauma.

Advantages include:

  • Relaxation of your muscles
  • Easing swelling around joints
  • Helps fight muscle fatigue
  • Decreases recovery time
  • Removes tension
  • Boosts circulation
  • Reduced risk of injury
  • Increases flexibility

Sports massage can be used to detect any weaker muscle areas or softer tissue spots and help to strengthen these…Prevention is better than cure.

It can also be used as part of rehabilitation, alongside advice from your medical professional, for any back related strains or injuries.

How does a sports massage work?

Bodilight’s therapists are trained in understanding the different muscle groups as well as the skeletal framework of the body. Each massage will be tailored to your needs or specific injury, ensuring a session that will benefit you.

The strokes used during a sports massage are often directed towards the heart, a technique that increases the blood flow. The therapist may also use shorter strokes, in the opposite direction as this is designed to stretch the fibres in your muscles.

Different techniques will be used for different outcomes throughout your session. The treatment will begin with a form of massage involving varying, pressured, stroking movements, where the hands will glide over the skin in order for you to become accustomed to the therapist’s touch. This is known as effleurage. It is designed to allow the therapist to pinpoint any tender spots so that less pressure can be applied to these areas later on. These strokes will warm and stretch the superficial tissues and relax the muscles as well as increasing the blood flow.

They will then move on to working the deeper tissues and stretching the muscle fibres. This is done with movements, known as petrissage, designed to compress and release the soft tissue. It is commonly used for a greater effect than the effleurage and increase the lymphatic return, which helps in the removal of waste products.

The third part of your sports massage is the most forceful, where the therapist applies the most pressure. Frictions are small movements that are applied using the fingers and thumbs to isolated areas. The aims of this is to separate the bonds between the fibres and this can help to break down any scar tissue. It restores elasticity to your muscles and stimulates the healing process. If this starts to feel uncomfortable it is important to let the therapist know in order for a gentler pressure to be applied.

The massage is finished with the effleurage movements in order to relax you. However, you still may feel achy after this treatment. This is completely normal and the tightness should dissipate within 48 hours leaving you feeling in pristine condition. Drink plenty of water and try soaking in an Epsom salt bath to combat any soreness.

If you are seeking a sports massage for rehabilitation after an injury, it is a good idea to schedule your appointments at regular intervals. This will ensure that specific injuries are treated and progress towards your healing is as swift as possible.

Sports massage is available at Bodilight and if you are a new customer you can quote the code ‘OSTEO25’ when booking for a 25% discount. Further terms and conditions can be found on the website’s booking page.

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