Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and manual treatment that lays particular emphasis on the optimum working of the body’s framework which includes not only the spine but all the, joints, muscles and soft tissues. It is recognised by NICE as an appropriate treatment for musculo-skeletal problems.
The aim of the treatment is to reduce painful symptoms and improve mobility This is achieved by balancing overall mobility, not just concentrating on the painful area, but considering the whole body structure and the individual demands being made on the body. Golfers and gardeners use different sets of muscles and the young climber has different needs to the mature bridge player. Once the patient is functioning well they can concentrate on the important things in life and not be hampered by pain and stiffness. Equally important is giving advice and perhaps proposing appropriate exercises that will allow the patient to maintain their musculo-skeletal balance and prevent further painful episodes.
Patients enjoy the same safeguards as they would when they consult a doctor or dentist. All Osteopaths must, by law, be registered with the General Osteopathic Council. This confirms that they have all have been trained to the same high rigorous standards. In addition Osteopaths must continue to undertake professional development to maintain their registration and keep up to date with best practice.
Osteopaths complement the advice given by G.Ps.
Osteopaths treat more than you may think. Many patients come to me with complaints such as pain in the head, back, neck, and heel, foot and toes. Sciatica, shin splints, tennis elbow and repetitive strain injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash and postural issues are a few of the problems for which I may be able to offer some relief.
If one part of the body is restricted, then the rest of the body will become out of kilter. The body will start to adapt and this compensation can eventually lead to inflammation, pain, stiffness and other health conditions. Osteopathic treatment helps the body to restore the balance and to aid correction function. Restoring this balance helps minimise the pain, reduce stress, increase your mobility and provides the body the opportunity to heal itself.
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Osteopaths use a broad range of gentle hands-on techniques including soft tissue stretching, deep tactile pressure, rhythmic joint movements and skilled spine and joint manipulation.
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