What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a safe, effective form of treatment that corrects mechanical problems in the body using gentle, yet powerful manual techniques to improve and restore the normal function of the musculoskeletal system which can benefit patients of all ages.
Osteopathy involves the study of joints, muscles, nervous system, circulatory system, lymphatic system and organ function. This, combined with a detailed understanding of human anatomy, physiology and pathological processes together with a thorough knowledge of clinical examination methods, allows the osteopath to treat patients by releasing and promoting the body's self healing mechanisms.
What can Osteopathy help with?
Osteopathic treatment has been used for over 100 years to treat a wide variety of complaints and illnesses. Osteopathy has been used to treat conditions such as:
- neck and back pain
- arthritic related complaints - JOINTS
- pelvis and hip dysfunction / pain
- TMJ pain (Jaw)
- carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist and hand pain)
- repetitive strain injury (RSI)
- postural pain syndromes / ergonomic advice
- sports injuries – muscles and ligaments
- pregnancy related pain
Osteopathy For Children:
As children grow older, problems may become apparent due to birth trauma, or assorted knocks and falls. Mechanical stresses on the body can be an important factor in cases of developmental delay, such as problems with coordination and physical development. Such children often make better progress once osteopathic treatment has been started.
What to expect:
On your first visit to the osteopath you will be asked to discuss the symptoms you are experiencing and a full medical history will be taken. The osteopath will then carry out the relevant examinations using his or her highly developed sense of touch to identify areas of weakness and tension throughout the body.
This may involve removing certain items of top/over clothing in order for the osteopath to observe and assess posture, test muscle strength, assess nerve function and individual joint range of movement.
The treatment consists of gentle manipulation of muscles, ligaments and joints where appropriate. Soft tissue techniques are performed on muscles either under tension or dysfunctional. Advice is given to promote recovery and reduce the risk of re-injury, this may be in the form of exercise, diet & nutrition, lifestyle or all of the aforementioned.