A busy and hectic lifestyle can take a toll on our physical and mental well being. In Singapore especially, where the hustle and bustle of city life keeps the nation going, it can be a struggle to ensure proper work life balance. While our careers are an important part of our lives, it will not do to neglect our health and overlook the importance of maintaining good well being. The right therapy can aid in this endeavor, helping to address pains, relieve discomforts, reduce stress, facilitate recovery and more. At Edge Healthcare, we provide physiotherapy, osteopathy and sports massage services to promote this. Here’s how each one can benefit you.
The goal of physiotherapy lies in restoring movement and function to patients’ bodies. When afflicted with injury, physiotherapy can help alleviate pain and strengthen the injury area. Contrary to popular belief, you need not sustain an injury to be able to attend a physiotherapy session. It is suitable for all ages and at any time in your life. Apart from simply drafting up exercises tailored to you, physiotherapists in Singapore also provide valuable advice on how you can best maintain your body and prevent certain injuries you may be more susceptible to.
Physiotherapy techniques extend beyond movement and exercise to include dry needling, ultrasound and manual therapy as well. In dry needling in Singapore, fine needles are inserted to target trigger points, treating pain and restoring muscle activation. Ultrasound physiotherapy revolves around deep heating to increase blood circulation and promote healing. On the other hand, manual therapy on passive movement or manipulation of the joints and soft tissues.
Similar to physiotherapy, osteopathy in Singapore strives to bring the body back to optimal function and enhance flexibility and mobility. However, while physiotherapy tends to focus on specific areas of the body, osteopathy looks at the body as a whole. Taking on a holistic approach, osteopathy treats underlying conditions through manipulation of the musculoskeletal framework.
Osteopathy involves much handwork from a mixture of gentle to forceful techniques that will be applied to your body. Ultimately the technique that an osteopath chooses depends on your condition and the symptoms that you show. Massages, articulation and high-velocity thrusts are some of the techniques used in osteopathy. Massages help to release and relax the muscles to improve circulation, energy and alertness. In the articulation technique, joints are moved through their natural range of motion, helping the body’s natural lubricating system for increased range of motion and reduced friction. Contrastingly, high-velocity thrusts involve short, sharp movements to the spine. This produces clicking sounds and releases restriction in the body.
Sports massages are great for athletes or individuals who perform physical activities regularly. They can help to relax the muscles, aid in sports injury recovery and even remove toxins from the muscles. Sports massages can come in the form of a pre-activity massage or post-activity massage. A pre-activity massage warms up the muscles, preparing them for intense physical activities while a post-activity massage focuses on releasing tension within the muscles.
From the ‘Effleurage’ to the ‘Petrissage’, sports massages incorporate a variety of techniques depending on your body’s needs and conditions. The Effleurage technique revolves around strokes of different pressures meant to aid in circulation, muscle stretching, tissue draining and alleviating muscle pains and sores. On the other hand, Petrissage technique leverages a kneading approach that either stimulates or relaxes the muscles. It is this combination of different techniques that make sports massages so effective, rendering it a popular go-to choice among athletes.
Though physiotherapy, osteopathy and sports massages possess their own differences, they bring about the same benefits, which is to reduce stress, improve fitness, facilitate recovery, treat and provide relief for chronic conditions and generally enhance our overall well being.
Want to learn more about these physical therapies in Singapore and which is most suitable for you? Don’t hesitate to contact us today! Our trained professionals are always on hand to assist you with any queries. Enjoy a pain free life with Edge Healthcare!