What is osteopathy?
- Osteopathy is a method of assessing, treating and preventing a wide range of health problems.
- Osteopathy recognises the importance of the link between the structure of the human body and the way it functions.
- Osteopaths focus on the body’s skeleton and joint function along with the underlying muscles, soft tissue and internal organs.
- Osteopaths consider each person as an individual. Utilising a highly developed sense of touch, they identify problem areas of the body.
Generally Osteopaths take a holistic approach and believe that the whole body will work well if it is in good structural balance. Imagine, for example, a car that has one of its front wheels not quite pointing straight. It may run well for a while but, after a few thousand miles, the tyre will wear out. You can apply this example to the human body, which is why it is so important to keep the body in good balance.
What can it treat?
Although osteopaths treat many conditions, most people think of us as ‘back specialists’. Back and neck pain is what many osteopaths treat the majority of the time.
However, it can help relieve the symptoms of a wide range of conditions:
- Joint pain
- Neuromuscular conditions
- Digestive conditions
- Sleep problems
- Shoulder and arm problems
- Postural problems
- Sporting injuries
- Pelvis, hip and leg problems
- Muscle and joint deterioration
- Restricted mobility
- Occupational ill-health
How does it work/ what treatment should I expect?
- Osteopathic treatment does not only target symptoms but treats the parts of the body that have caused the symptoms.
- Using gentle stretching and mobilising techniques as well as manipulating joints, an osteopath works with the body to create the perfect conditions to facilitate the healing process.
- Treatment usually consists of a combination of soft-tissue releasing techniques, and some specific adjustments affecting joints and soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments). Advice can also be given on self-help treatments.
- We use a wide range of techniques, including massage, cranial techniques (sometimes referred to as ‘cranial osteopathy’) and joint mobilisation and this breadth of approach allows us to focus on every patient’s precise needs.