What is it?
Osteopathy is a treatment for painful muscles, joints and ligaments which have typically become strained because of an injury or problems with posture. Occasionally there may be an underlying structural issue which increases the chances of injury, or a disease process at the source of the pain. Whatever the cause, as osteopaths we'll thoroughly assess and diagnose your issues and if we can help you, we'll aim to resolve the condition permanently, wherever that is feasible.
Used as a way to identify and manage health issues, osteopathy may also prevent further problems arising. This therapy treats the entire body, not just the symptoms. Osteopathy works on the theory that a person’s well-being is dependent on the systems within functioning smoothly and in harmony with one another. Directing attention primarily on the musculoskeletal system, osteopathic practitioners will work with you to ensure your muscles, bones, ligament and connective tissue work in harmony with each other. Our highly qualified osteopathic practitioners will work on your entire neuromusculoskeletal system to alleviate discomfort, relax your muscles and increase the mobility in your joints.
How is it delivered?
Following a thorough examination of your health and medical history, your osteopathic practitioner will discuss what you hope to achieve through your sessions together. Osteopathy is usually practiced in a laying position. All our massage therapy rooms are private and warm, evoking a sense of nurturing and calm. Your therapist will apply restorative touch and massage therapy to areas which are deemed to cause issues, locating and correcting any dysfunction felt within your body.
Who could benefit from this treatment?
This treatment is suitable for anyone who suffers from recurrent or acute pain anywhere in the body. Conditions and injuries which may be alleviated by osteopathic treatment include; aches in the head, back, neck, and heel/foot, planter fasciitis pain, sciatica, shin splints, tennis elbow and repetitive strain injury, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash and postural problems.
Osteopathy is a science which treats the whole person, not just the systems. Osteopathic physicians are trained to palpate (feel) the body's "living anatomy" (i.e. flow of fluids, motion and texture of tissues, and structural makeup), and to apply manual treatment where needed. Osteopathic Manipulation Medicine (OMM) is a non-invasive approach to healing that works by restoring normal structure and function to areas impaired by trauma, disease, systemic disorders etc.
Conditions and injuries osteopathy can help include aches in the head, back, neck, and heel/foot, planter fasciitis pain; sciatica; shin splints; tennis elbow and repetitive strain injury, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash and postural problems.
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The osteopathic process:
Your first visit is similar to an initial visit to a GP. A complete medical history is taken and questions asked about lifestyle, diet and emotional status. The osteopath will want to hear about all symptoms, as well as details of any past accidents or traumas, even if they may seem unrelated to your current problem. After this initial observation, you'll be diagnosed and given a treatment program.
Your osteopath will observe how you use your body, identify any obvious mobility impairment and evaluate posture. Neurological and orthopaedic tests help conditions to be eliminated and to locate points of restriction or excessive strain in various parts of the body. Using a finely tuned sense of touch or palpation, your spine, joints, muscles and tendons will also be assessed.
HOW MANY VISITS
Our osteopaths can often help resolve issues in one session, but more serious cases can take 4-6 visits, prescribing essential exercises to better guide the body to full health.
OSTEOPATHS HELP MORE THAN YOU WOULD THINK
It’s not just aches in the head, back, neck, heel and foot pain, but also sciatica, shin splints, tennis elbow, repetitive strain injury, asthma, arthritis, digestive problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash and postural problems.
SOONER THAN LATER
Early diagnosis and treatment means less cost physically, emotionally and financially. Making changes to your lifestyle now could avoid potentially serious future issues.