Patricia’s column

Well Being

However they get there they are there … aches and pains! We give ourselves a few weeks for them to take care of themselves.  The body is an amazing machine and, in alot of cases, can heal itself.  But the weeks turn into months and yes still the niggling discomfort. Surely now it´s time for action.

Today we have access to a huge range of therapies: mental, physical and spiritual, which aim to encourage physical and mental well being.  So, no excuse really!

I have found that many people confuse “Osteopathy” with “Chiropractic”, two great therapies, but very different.

Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a persons muscles and joints, It is great for increasing the tension, aches and strains, rheumatism, arthritis, sports injuries and enhancing the blood supply to tissues. Founded in the 1870`s by an American Doctor, Andrew Taylor Still, osteopathy not only deal with bones, but the tendons, ligaments and muscles that hold them in place and allow them to move.

In a healthy musculoskeletal system, all these elements interact smoothly. Poor posture, a life time of carrying or lifting heavy loads, repetitive strain or injury can throw the system out of balance, overloading certain areas, compromising other and causing restricted mobility or pain.

It is the osteopath´s job to relieve the strain, using a range of techniques by a systematic massage, easing muscles back into place by positioning, supporting, manipulating and a series of rhythmic movements, deep stretches and some quick thrusts. Forget the bone crunching image.

Often a combination of therapies is the answer. Once you have discovered the therapies that most effective treat your symptoms, you will realise there is nothing to fear.

“The flesh endures the storms of the present alone, the mind those of the past and future as well as the present”. Epicurus, c.400 BC.

We are offering Osteopathy at the salon, 40 minutes = €40 / 60 minutes = €55

Patricia Bova