Osteopathy is a holistic approach that views the whole of the individual. Osteopaths believe that any restrictions in the body are a major cause for malfunction and if the body is in proper alignment, that it has the ability to heal itself. An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner will focus on treating the root and primary cause of the problem rather than just the symptoms. Restrictions in the body, mostly found in muscles and connective tissues, can lead to poor circulation to the surrounding tissues and organs, which often results in malfunction. These restrictions typically manifest as pain and can be caused by everyday stresses, poor posture, repetitive motion and a lack of exercise. The initial visit with an Osteopath consists of a thorough assessment of the client’s body including range of motion, palpation of muscles, joints and organs in order to determine if there are any asymmetries or restrictions. The Osteopath can then create an appropriate treatment plan for the client’s needs, with each plan being unique to the client. During assessment it is recommended that the client bring along a change of comfortable or athletic clothing.
Swedish Massage Therapy
Swedish Massage Therapy consists of several techniques that manipulate both the soft tissue (muscle, tendon, and ligament) and joints of our bodies. These techniques are applied to increase blood circulation to promote health and well-being. The Massage Therapist may use a deeper pressure at times in order to relieve tension and trigger points (knots) found in muscles as well as apply light mobilization techniques to the affected joints of the body in order to increase range of motion. Massage Therapy is proven to be beneficial for conditions such as: migraines and headaches, stress and anxiety, tendonitis (golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow and rotator cuff), carpal tunnel, sports injuries and many more.
CranioSacral Therapy has a very light and subtle approach. During a cranial sacral therapy session, the practitioner will lightly palpate the client’s sacrum, vertebrae of the spine and cranium to release any restriction in the nerve passages from the central nervous system. The application of these techniques on the cranium and its sutures increases the circulation of our cerebral spinal fluid (fluid that surrounds and nourishes our brain and spinal column). CranioSacral Therapy is beneficial for individuals with a history of head trauma (whiplash), TMJ disorder, migraine and headaches, numbness or lack of sensation, and bulging or protruding discs.
All muscles, joints, organs and bones are individually wrapped, supported and kept intact by a connective tissue called fascia. This connective tissue has an impact on the entire body and can result in severe postural misalignment if it is restricted. Myofascial release is a specialized therapy that focuses on releasing and lengthening the shortened fascia surrounding muscles and is also quite effective in breaking down scar tissue. It is a slow-moving technique that varies from mild to deep pressure.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a therapeutic treatment where the goal is to release the deeper layers of muscles, trigger points and fascia of our body. The techniques are similar to that of Swedish massage, but there is an added increase of pressure that works to penetrate the multi layers of our muscles and fascia.
On site chair massage
Workplace massages have been proven to be very beneficial in reducing stress levels and in keeping employees alert, productive and healthy. There are numerous injuries and chronic conditions that can be attributed to the repetitive movements required in desk and office work. Elan Vital is happy to bring Massage Therapy services to your office to keep your workplace healthy.