What’s your goal?
“I wasn't sure if I wanted a physio or an osteopath but Emma's whole body approach was just what I needed.”
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a hands-on treatment that addresses dysfunction by reducing pain, restoring musculoskeletal mobility and significantly improving quality of life. It can also improve training outcomes.
Osteopaths don’t just address current symptoms but look at all the parts of the body to see how it functions as a whole. Osteopathy is rooted in the idea that, for your body to work in perfect equilibrium, all elements must be working equally well. So you won’t just receive isolated spinal work, let’s say, if you come in with a lower back issue. Our expert, Emma, will work to improve joint mobility, decrease muscle tension and positively improve the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic system - all with the aim of facilitating the body’s natural healing mechanism.
Osteopaths traditionally treat a variety of conditions, ranging from minor injuries and postural strains, through to arthritis and back pain. At the studio, Emma treats people of all ages, from athletes to desk workers to mums.
Osteopaths vs physiotherapists
Osteopaths are generally known for being spinal specialists but in reality they’re trained to treat most conditions just as a physio would. Typically, the treatment you receive from an osteopath will be more hands-on and ‘wholistic’ in its approach, taking into account how other joints in the body will affect the symptomatic area.
Osteopathy and fitness
Most people seek out an osteopath when they’re injured but it makes just as much sense to enlist one beforehand to prevent future conditions arising. If you train regularly, osteopathy sessions can work wonders in preventing injury and helping to recover fully. While training, your body is put under various stresses and starts to accumulate fatigue which can lead to ‘over compensation’ patterns. Long term this can lead to additional stresses, on top of the original symptom. Osteopaths are able to identify these compensation patterns when carrying out biomechanical assessments, together with any asymmetry and joint issues. This information is then used to create a bespoke treatment plan, combining manual therapy and rehabilitation, all with the aim of improving the body’s biomechanics, increasing tolerance and helping with recovery between sessions.
What to expect during your visit
During the initial appointment, you’ll be asked about your medical history, lifestyle and any symptoms. Our expert osteopath will use their hands to identify restrictions, tenderness and pain. Treatment ranges from soft tissue manipulation to massage. Advice will be also be provided on posture and exercise to aid the recovery process and prevent symptoms recurring.
What’s your goal?
“Repeat injuries aren’t just affecting my performance; they’re starting to hamper my enjoyment.”
Regular sports massage isn’t just for elite level athletes, it’s beneficial for everyone. As well as reducing the risk of injury, massage can help you train more often, increase flexibility, aid circulation and flush out toxins. Most importantly it helps you recover more quickly, so you can get more from your training programme. We offer an array of treatments - including an express 30 minute option - that are perfect for busy schedules. The onus here isn't relaxation, it’s performance enhancement, so as with everything we do at Transition Zone, expect to get results.
Hot Deep Tissue Massage
Hot deep tissue is a blend of hot stone and therapeutic deep tissue treatments taking the best out of hot stone techniques. Hot stones are used to warm up and relax the target area which prepares the tissue for deeper work – trigger point release, compress and stretch, or others. It is a deeply relaxing and comforting treatment.
Remedial Sports Massage
Sports massage uses deep tissue techniques, soft tissue release, muscle energy techniques, trigger point therapy, facilitated stretching, cupping and dry needling therapy for body’s maintenance. It is suitable for both active and sedentary life-styles. It is a goal oriented treatment, i.e. release shoulder and neck tension or hip and legs, wry neck treatment, tennis elbow or sciatica pain relieve.
Therapeutic massage is excellent for chronic pain management, injury prevention, general relaxation or targeting specific area of tension, aiding with sleep problems and stress. Treatment includes myofascial release, connective tissue release, soft tissue release and gentle assisted stretching with passive joint mobilisation.
Post-work out massage aims at reducing DOMS - delayed muscle onset soreness which contributes to tightness and pain sensation. The treatment stimulates body’s natural recovery process by draining waste products (I.e. lactic acid) from the muscle activity and improving blood flow. Gentle traction, kneading, stretching and myofascial techniques used to relieve tightness and soreness, encourage relaxation and boost energy for the next workout.
Acupuncture / Dry Needling
Dry needling is a great way to release tense muscle and trigger points, aid recovery and promote sense of relaxation in the whole body. It’s gentle and painless.
You can have a 30min dry needling session for one problem area or it can be a short 15-20min in addition to your Sports massage treatment.
Respiratory & Stomach massage
Respiratory & Stomach treatment is a combination of breathing awareness and physical therapy to ease the tension around the rib cage, diaphragm, neck, and chest and stomach. This treatment aims to improve respiratory function, which in turn is beneficial to the the whole body. The treatment is very good for relieving chest tightness, assisting recovering from long COVID, as well as, stimulating digestive system and release tight abdominal muscles.Treatment duration - 90min.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
A specialised technique that stimulates the lymphatic vessels to remove waste products and lactic acid build-up. Akin to a detox from the inside out, the benefits are widespread, from promoting healing of ligaments and muscles to improving skin conditions and strengthening the immune system.