What is Osteopathy?
Osteopaths work to bring body mechanics back to normal to aid optimal functioning, mobility and good health. We use our hands and highly developed sense of touch (palpation) to diagnose and treat problems within the framework of the body and its internal structures. Soft tissues, such as muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, are addressed as well as bones and joints, and the effects these have on viscera (organs) and body systems.
Individuals are precisely that… individuals. We consider the impacts of all aspects of your life on your health. This may include your current, or previous occupation, posture, activities and hobbies, previous injuries and traumas, and medical history. This ensures that treatment is tailored to you and not just treating your symptoms without addressing the root cause.
What Techniques do Osteopaths Use?
Approaches include direct techniques such as soft tissue manipulation (similar to massage), joint articulation and rhythmic mobilisation, gentle thrust techniques. As well as indirect techniques such as functional and osteopathy in the cranial field. Some patients will respond better to the direct approach and others will be more suited to the indirect. The treatment plan is always discussed with you and agreed upon during the consultation.
Advice will also be given regarding appropriate home care, changes in lifestyle, nutrition, stress management, and maintenance/rehab exercises and sports specific guidance.
What Can Osteopathy Help With?
As Osteopaths we treat the person and not just the ‘condition’ or ‘problem’. Although we are probably best known for our treatment of backs and necks, we do in fact treat the whole body, which also includes (not exclusively) the following:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Headaches arising from the neck, inc migraine prevention
- Hip and leg pain
- Muscular and joint aches, pains and strains
- Shoulder, arm, wrist pain
- ‘Frozen shoulder’, ‘tennis elbow’, ‘golfers elbow’
- Knee, ankle and foot pain
- Arthritic pain and rheumatic pain
- Occupational and work station related conditions
- Repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
- Stress management
- Sports injuries
- Digestion problems
Who Can Benefit from Osteopathy?
We provide treatment for all life stages including:
- Newborn babies
- Children and teenagers
- All stages of adulthood including later life