What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a whole body approach that aims to detect and treat the root causes of pain, as well as the affects of body or lifestyle changes that can impact joints, muscles, ligaments and the nervous system.
When the body is balanced and efficient it will function with the minimum of wear and tear, leaving more energy for living.
Osteopaths are statutorily regulated primary healthcare professionals, trained to work with people of all ages. Osteopaths use a wide variety of approaches to treatment and can bring relief or improvement to many conditions.
What do Osteopaths treat?
Osteopathy is effective for a wide range of conditions including:
- General, acute and chronic lower and upper back pain
- Some forms of Sciatica
- Uncomplicated/mechanical neck pain (not whiplash)
- Joint pains – shoulders, wrists, hips, knees, ankles etc.
- Muscle spasms
- Minor sports injuries and tensions
- Tennis elbow (related to associated musculoskeletal conditions)
- Headaches arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
- Occupational strain
- Arthritic or rheumatic pain
- Digestion problems
What does the treatment aim to do?
- Restore homeostasis and equilibrium
- Restore muscle and joint function
- Improve and maintain flexibility
- Reduce muscle spasm
- Improve general circulation
What does treatment involve?
Osteopaths consider each person as an individual. At your first visit, a detailed case history will be taken. This will involve a discussion regarding you current symptoms as well as questions concerning your general health and previous medical history.
You will then normally be asked to undress to your underwear, or alternatively, you can wear thin leggings and a thin strapped vest top if that is more comfortable. This will enable you to perform a series of simple movements so your posture may be assessed. Then, using palpation, points of strain, weakness or poor function may be identified.
A diagnosis will then be made and a treatment plan agreed with you. This will be fully discussed with you prior to treatment.
The treatment may consist of massage or gentle stretching of the soft tissues, joint articulation and manipulation techniques.