Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit

Written by Anna Masternak.

Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit at Archview Physiotherapy.

In my previous post I outlined the multidisciplinary treatment approach used in Archview clinic to help resolve different health issues. In this post I would like to talk more about how we can help you to a healthy body, mind and spirit. It sounds like a complex topic but in reality these three aspects of the human body are really one.

By taking some very easy steps you can greatly improve the quality of your life.

At Archview clinic we offer a variety of treatment techniques and therapies which are beneficial to clients of differing ages, backgrounds, lifestyles and which help with a range of health complaints. The treatments and therapies on offer include Physiotherapy, dry needling, Pilates, personal training, postural classes, deep tissue massage, holistic massage, Indian head massage, reflexology, and pregnancy massage. Each session is designed to suit patient’s individual needs.

Sports people, such as runners, cyclists, tri-athletes, gym participants, golf players along with professionals working long hours in the office benefit from deep tissue and therapeutic massage. Many see the benefits and are aware that massage therapy can enhance their performance and help to prevent injuries.

Our modern lifestyle is extremely demanding and puts all of us under pressure, this can be very disturbing and cause muscular tension to build up. Long term stress contributes to headaches, insomnia, back pain, frustration, anxiety, depression and much more. Holistic Massage combined with Indian Head Massage and/or Reflexology is an excellent opportunity to chill out, slow down and relax. And it could be also a great gift for your loved ones.

Pregnancy Massage is great for both mum and her baby. There is lots of pressure both physical and mental during and after pregnancy. Due to hormonal and postural changes the body can suffer from muscular tension, stiffness in joints, swelling / oedema, back pain, cramps and spasms.

It is not only mother that benefits from treatment but baby as well. I witness the natal movements during my sessions, which is an amazing experience. Many mothers-to-be ask me if it safe to get a massage during pregnancy. YES, it is safe to have massage during a healthy pregnancy. If there are any concerns, we would always communicate with your GP.

As a massage therapist, I always highly recommend exercises and stretches. The human body is designed to move. Massage, as well as exercises support every single system of our body circulation, lymphatic drainage, hormonal system by boosting endorphins and dopamine – ”happy hormones”. It also improves posture, body awareness and ultimately self-confidence and clarity of mind.  We offer both one-to-one and group exercise classes. Again these sessions are tailored to suit the individual’s needs.

Clinical Pilates is very popular in our practice. This is an excellent way of strengthening your core, improving posture and increasing flexibility.  Our Pilates classes are small so that each participant receives individual attention.

Healthy body, mind, spirit
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Multidisciplinary treatment approach

“12-15% of Irish people suffer from Migraine – this means roughly half a million people suffer from migraine in Ireland.” – The Migraine Association of Ireland. Headaches affect 90% of people at some stage in their life. A multidisciplinary treatment approach can be very effective in treating headaches.

 Being one of the Massage Therapists (Anna Masternak) in Archview Physiotherapy Clinic. I have noticed a great number of patients report suffering from headaches. It is a very interesting fact, that chronic headaches can develop at a very young age from activities as simple as carrying a heavy schoolbag, incorrect body position when using a PC or mobile phone, and poor posture. Stress is another very important factor in causing headaches and migraines.

Ciara Rowe (Physiotherapist) talks about the effects of dry needling for headaches in her blog “Physio for headaches”.

I would like to talk about the benefits of a multidisciplinary treatment approach to treating headaches. Here at Archview Physiotherapy Clinic, we take a multidisciplinary approach to treating the body. We do this by combining a number of different therapies that complement each other. After an initial assessment and detailed history is carried out, your therapist will recommend the best course of treatment. This treatment may include a combination of techniques drawn from physiotherapy, massage therapy, physical therapy, exercise therapy and Pilates. The recommended techniques will depend on your initial assessment but may include dry needling, mobilisations, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, deep tissue massage, relaxation techniques, spinal alignment, manipulations, muscle rebalancing, postural education and training.

 This treatment approach is effective in treating not only headaches but many other conditions as well.

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