Osteopathy is a healthcare profession that is a recognised system of diagnosis and treatment. It uses manual therapy to promote good health, by maintaining or improving a patients' well-being. Osteopathy uses a practical approach that consists of a range of mobilisation, manipulation, and massage techniques. The treatment emphasises improving function and reducing pain to restore health.
Osteopathy is about how to best treat a person, rather than a condition, therefore the versatile nature of Osteopathy can adapt its approach to deal with a patients individual needs.
Conditions commonly treated:
- Neck and back pain
- Spinal or disc dysfunction
- Joint pain
- General pain (inc. muscle pain)
- Sports Injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Nerve pain
Aims of treatment:
- Identify cause of symptoms
- Reduce pain
- Reduce muscle tension
- Improve joint mobility and function
- Enhance circulation and lymphatic drainage
- Improve posture and movement function
What to expect from an osteopathic treatment
You will be asked details about your symptoms, your general medical health, lifestyle habits, etc. This is followed by an evaluation in order to determine the cause of your symptoms. After which, the osteopath will discuss with you the treatment approach and the likely number of required treatment sessions.
Your osteopathic treatment may include a selection of manual techniques such as massage, stretching and strengthening techniques, spinal adjustments, joint mobilization an others, helping restore body alignment and optimize the bodys own natural healing mechanisms.
Each treatment is individually tailored to suit your needs. This means that special considerations are given to your age, gender, health status, occupation and the specific life events which may have caused, or are preventing, the resolution of your symptoms.
Treatments are often followed by advice on exercise, posture and lifestyle considerations, which should further enhance your recovery. If necessary, further investigations such as X-rays, MRI scans, blood tests may also be recommended.
If you are unsure if Osteopathy is right for you or require further information please feel free to call for a chat.