Clinical Massage, Acupuncture, and Tui Na
Oscar draws from his training in Clinical Massage, Acupuncture and Tui Na as well as his more recent undergraduate training within Osteopathy in order to suit the needs of the individual. Clinical Massage is a combination of Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy and Joint Mobilisation. His personal approach is to combine functional and structural work with more indirect and Cranio-sacral techniques. Acupuncture can be used in the treatment of many different mind and body imbalances although his speciality is in the treatment of pain and stress related conditions. Please call ahead if you wish to discuss a specific problem.
What is clinical massage?
One key to the effectiveness of clinical massage is the evaluation of the patient. A good working knowledge of anatomy and musculoskeletal pathology is essential to determine a good treatment plan. Using manual muscle testing, assessing range of motion and determining how a structural dysfunction may have developed is important to treatment outcome. A core part of the training involves being able to identify conditions such as frozen shoulder, sciatica, tennis/golfer's elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome or repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) and then to apply appropriate treatment based on sound clinical treatment protocols.
Clinical Massage includes:
- Fascial release - fascia (connective tissue) is the sensory highway of your body and is always involved in musculoskeletal dysfunction. The release of fascial adhesions and restrictions is essential to restore structural balance.
- Deep tissue massage - taking time to sink through layers of tension can release and restore muscles to better function by allowing the body to assume a more integrated posture and releasing the 'body armour' of held traumas.
- Trigger points - localised problem areas found in muscle and connective tissue that are involved in many chronic pain patterns in the body. Trigger Point Therapy is the locating and releasing of these tense and often immobile problem areas.
- Passive and sports stretching - can be applied by the practitioner to restore correct muscle function. Rehabilitative and sports training stretches are used to both strengthen weak areas and release chronically tight muscles.
Acupuncture & Tui Na
Acupuncture is the application of fine needles to specific points of the body to stimulate the body's natural healing process. This system has evolved over thousands of years, developing into a sophisticated healing art that takes years of practice and refinement to master.
Tui Na is a deep, invigorating Chinese acupressure massage that literally means “push grasp”. A branch of Chinese medicine, it is similar to acupuncture in its diagnostic process. Tui Na uses quite deep massage techniques to the soft tissue and joints but also focuses on channels and selected acupuncture points that have been identified as requiring work. Acupuncture and Tui Na are offered as treatments independently of each other as well as combined together in one session.
As the often used saying within Chinese medicine goes;
"If there is free flow, there is no pain. If there is pain, there is no free flow.”
“After over 1 year of extremely intense pain in lower leg, glute and foot and having tried everything, I had my first session with Oscar which made a huge difference, pain is down by 50%, can walk and also my neck is much looser. Magic hands!” (Louise, Jan ‘19)