Osteopathy for who ?

Back pain

‘sciatica’ – digestive problems – muscle spasms – ‘slipped discs’ – poor posture (a few examples of conditions where osteopathy can help)

At some point in our lives 4 out of 5 people will experience some form of intermittent or prolonged back pain. That’s a lot of pain!

Sometimes pain can also affect other parts of the body too – such as leg and buttock pain (commonly known as ‘sciatica’), and the neck and shoulders. It may cause unpleasant tingling or numbness into the arms, hands, legs or feet. In certain cases back pain accompanies digestive, menstrual, bowel or bladder problems – an osteopath can ascertain where the cause of the problem is coming from and refer you if necessary.

Habitual postures, daily activities, sport, hobbies, mattress support, state of mind, illnesses, accidents, growth patterns from birth through pregnancy to old age and possible underlying medical problems can all be reflected in the health of your back. Osteopathy can help provide relief through treatment and prevent further recurrence of injury.

For mums

ante and post-natal aches and pains in back, hip, pelvis, neck and shoulder – heartburn – indigestion – symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) – sciatica – (a few examples of conditions where osteopathy can help)

Mum’s body is tested to the limit during pregnancy, labour and delivery. Her body undergoes dramatic changes to physically cope with the baby’s growth. Ante-natal osteopathy can treat any pre-existing strains in the pelvis and back releasing some of the tension for Mum and baby during the pregnancy. In this way osteopathy helps prepare the body ensuring optimal pelvis performance during labour as it adapts for the baby’s voyage down the birth canal. Post-natal Mums can get so wrapped up in looking after their new baby (and perhaps other little ones too!) that they neglect their own aches and pains in the back and pelvis, or think it’s normal.

For babies

colic – feeding problems – sleeplessness – irritability and crying – glue ear – sinus problems – asthma – headaches – (a few examples of conditions where osteopathy can help)

Before, during and after birth your baby can suffer from uncomfortable stresses within its head and body, especially babies who have a prolonged or quick delivery. Birth by ventouse, forceps or caesarian can be particularly traumatic for your baby. This can lead to feeding difficulties, colic and sleeplessness. You may find that they do not like being put down in their cot and prefer to be carried or perhaps prefer to move to relieve discomfort. Cranial osteopathy treatment is effective in helping babies overcome these difficulties.

Osteopathy is a safe and gentle form of treatment for you and your baby.

Kids and teens

asthma – sinus and ear problems – glue ear – headaches – poor coordination and concentration – Osgood Schlatters – ADHD…(a few examples of conditions where osteopathy can help)

Sometimes parents question the use of an osteopath for their children – surely their child shouldn’t be suffering from ‘old’ ailments? In fact, it’s the young acceleration of growth that may cause discomfort.

Toddler’s heads may still be affected by physical birth trauma perhaps hindering their development. Children grow rapidly into teenagers becoming more body-conscious and perhaps adopt the ‘teen slouch’. Sports, hobbies, weekend jobs, heavy schoolbags, habitual slumping over desks, computers or game consoles can all place physical demands on their changing bodies.

Osteopathy can relieve some of the tension helping the body to adjust to these physical demands. Where appropriate a spinal assessment, postural and exercise advice will form part of the treatment. Education and prevention in the younger generation can lessen the risk of problems later on in life.

Work and stress injuries

RSI – aching back – carpal tunnel syndrome – headaches – neck and shoulder stiffness – pins and needles in fingers – postural discomfort – less flexibility (a few examples of conditions where osteopathy can help)

Whatever your work – think of how many hours per day you spend in a particular position or repeating the same activity! Perhaps you are sitting hunched over a computer, standing still, carrying heavy items ie: handbag, laptop computer, over-stretching doing manual work with one arm constantly raised or simply working in awkward positions.

Now add on to that the physical and mental stresses of everyday life such as carrying small children, housework, commuting, DIY projects, caring for relatives and accumulate these with any previous injuries you may unfortunately have incurred.

Initially your body coped with these constant stresses until gradually the aches and pains became more noticeable, less intermittent.

Osteopathy treatment can help resolve aches and pains to make life a little easier. Part of the treatment will consist of postural advice and preventative exercises to help you gain the most from your treatment and also to keep any ‘maintenance treatments’ from your osteopath to a minimum.

Sport and traffic injuries

Achilles tendonitis – golfers and tennis elbow – pulled muscle – knee injuries – shoulder, wrist, foot and ankle injuries – whiplash (a few examples of conditions where osteopathy can help)

Whether you do sports regularly or intermittently, osteopathy can help your performance and protect your body from injury– whatever your age. If you’ve been pushing yourself too hard on the sports field it can help relieve any muscle or ligament strains. If you are getting involved in sports for the first time, or you are returning after a period of inactivity, an osteopath can help you gain mobility and ease stiffness.

Osteopathy can ensure your body is at its optimal performance for the big game thus reducing the risk of injury. Part of the treatment is advice about suitable warm-up and warm-down exercises to prevent injury.

If, unfortunately, you have been involved in a road traffic accident and suffered injuries then osteopathy can help relieve some of the tension in your tissues in the neck and shoulders through gentle treatment.

As you get older

arthritic pains, frozen shoulder, stiffness in joints, back problems, digestive and circulatory problems, joint replacement preparation (a few examples of conditions where osteopathy can help*)

For some retirement can bring new activities – more travels, new hobbies and perhaps child-minding grandchildren. Unfortunately, other health issues such as high blood pressure, digestive and circulatory problems may also be of concern at this time.

All these changes require your body to adapt to new stresses at a time when you feel either your body is not as young as you’d like it to feel or that you’d like to take things a little slower.

Osteopathy can help keep you mobile by improving your general circulation and reducing joint stiffness to ensure you keep as active and independent as possible so that you can make the most of the ‘golden years’.

Gentle osteopathy treatment will take into account any existing or past medical conditions ensuring your comfort and well-being. Advice may also be given on how to maintain healthy joints and bones and prevent further injury.