Osteopathy

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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a comprehensive system of diagnosis and therapy based upon the interrelationship of anatomy and physiology for the study, prevention and treatment of disease. It is concerned with the body as a whole. It lays down the proposition that the entire body if adequately nourished, functions to maintain, repair and heal itself to the best advantage if its structure and physiological function are in proper order.

Who Recognises Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is the first complementary therapy to have undergone statutory regulation by parliament. This gives an osteopath similar status to a doctor or a dentist and guarantees the patient the equivalent high levels of protection.

What do Osteopaths Treat?

Osteopaths treat people not a collection of symptoms. An individual approach is essential. Although a great deal of osteopathic treatment is concerned with back pain, there are many other conditions that can be treated successfully.

These include:

  • Neck and arm pain
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand problems
  • Hip, knee and foot problems
  • Sports injuries
  • Whiplash/Traumatic injuries
  • Pain and stiffness due to arthritis
  • Disc injuries
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Adjustments to the body during and after pregnancy
  • Childhood problems,  sleeplessness.
  • Low back Pain

Visiting an Osteopath

The First Visit – a detailed history will be taken. Questions will be asked about your current problem, your previous medical history and about your general health and lifestyle. A physical examination will be performed.

Diagnosis and Treatment – Treatment for each individual will vary but often includes soft tissue work, gentle rhythmic stretching of joints and muscles and manipulation. Other treatment may involve very delicate movements of the bones of the skull, pelvis and the rest of the skeleton.

These are often referred to as Cranial or Craniosacral Osteopathy and is particularly useful in babies and young children as well as for headaches, sinus problems, pregnancy related disorders and traumas to the head.

Check Ups and Advice

From time to time it is advisable to undertake maintenance visits to enable us to ensure that a previous problem is contained. Patients will be offered specific advice and may be given exercises to help eliminate any recurrence of the initial problem and reduce the need for further consultation.

After treatment it is advisable to avoid heavy exercise for twenty-four hours to give the tissues time to settle. It must also be remembered that whilst the majority of conditions can be permanently helped, others may only be partially relieved but maintained in balance.

Each case will receive the best of attention in order to provide full and lasting results.

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