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Remedial Massage and Manipulation

Manipulation  Cheddar Somerset Rosa Medica ClinicFor thousands of years massage has been used for its therapeutic and healing effects on the body. While it has not always been understood why massage worked, the positive results were recognised and appreciated. From the relief of muscular and skeletal pain to the treatment of a wide range of conditions and ailments, massage has proven itself an effective tool for medicinal healing and general body maintenance. Kate and Rosalind provide massage.

Modern advances in science and medicine have brought with them a better understanding of how and why massage works. A better understanding of the biomechanics of the body has also brought important advances in massage itself.   This increased knowledge has allowed for the refinement of existing techniques and has allowed development of new approaches. Today, massage has again entered the medical mainstream and is seen by many as an important adjunct to qualified medical treatment. Massage from a suitably qualified therapist can be adapted to the patient's need to be relaxing or with lymphatic drainage, some mobilization or stronger manipulative techniques. Strictly relaxing massage will not include manipulation.

Manipulative Therapy

This is a physical treatment primarily used by physiotherapists, massage therapists, chiropractors or osteopaths to treat musculoskeletal pain and disability; it most commonly includes kneading and manipulation of muscles, joint mobilization and joint manipulation. Three notable forms of manual therapy are manipulation, mobilization and massage. Rosalind provides all three, manipulation can be incorporated into remedial massage as needed.

Manipulation is the artful introduction of a rapid rotational, shear or distraction force into an articulation. This is most often associated with osteopathic or chiropractic manipulation but  manipulative therapists who are not osteopaths or chiropractors use many of the same techniques but have been trained via a different pathway or were osteopaths and naturopaths who chose not to go on the register of osteopaths. Many call it naturopathic manipulation.

Mobilization is a slower, more controlled process of articular and soft-tissue (myofascial) stretching intended to improve bio-mechanical elasticity. Massage is typically the repetitive rubbing, stripping or kneading of myofascial tissues to principally improve interstitial fluid dynamics.

Practitioners often develop a style that incorporates several aspects of treatment that is centred on the patient's needs. This is good as a dynamic therapeutic relationship builds up that means treatment is bespoke.