Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment which focuses primarily on the body framework – the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. Although osteopaths are perhaps best known for helping with back pain, we do in fact treat all areas of the body.
It is a manual (hands on) therapy which is based on the understanding that the well-being and good health of an individual depends on the body framework being in balance and functioning smoothly. Most people come to us because they are in pain, but we can also help with more general complaints of stiffness, tension and feeling ‘out of balance’.
We aim not just to target the presenting symptoms, but to address the underlying structural problems that give rise to the symptoms in the first place. Making an accurate diagnosis is fundamental to this process and perhaps sets us apart from other therapists who have not undergone such a rigorous training.
Osteopaths use a wide variety of techniques to bring the body to optimum balance, improve function, and minimise wear and tear. Our holistic approach means we can adjust our treatment to suit you as an individual.
I fully understand that many people are anxious about what treatment will involve and if it will be painful. I will involve you in the treatment process at all times, always explaining what I aim to do, and gaining your informed consent. I aim to be as gentle as possible whilst still being effective, and I can modify my treatment at any time during the treatment if there is anything that you are not happy with.
Treatment is nearly all hands on and may include:
Massage based ‘soft tissue’ Techniques – to release muscle tightness and spasm
Articulation & Stretching Techniques – slow rhythmic movements to release stiffness and tension and improve circulation
Faster Manipulations - to free restricted joints with a distinctive click
‘Cranial’ Techniques – very gentle pressure techniques to rebalance the body
Myofascial Release Techniques – for ligaments, tendons and fascia
Self – Management Advice - to help prevent problems reoccurring
Exercise Rehabilitation (including pilates) – to strengthen the body and maintain improvement
What Can Osteopaths Treat?
Some common conditions that osteopathy may be able to help with include:
- Lower back pain (lumbago)
- Upper back and rib pain (thoracic pain)
- Neck pain (cervical pain)
- Sciatica and trapped nerves
- Headache/neck tension
- Facial pain or neuralgia
- TMJ (jaw) pain
- Sinus congestion
- Joint pains
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Frozen shoulder
- Muscle strains and sprains
- Postural problems
- Tension/Inability to relax
- Sports and Dance injuries
- Exercise rehabilitation
- Pain associated with or after pregnancy
- Circulatory problems
- Digestion problems