What is Osteopathy ?

Osteopathic treatment will address your physical problems in a holistic way, incorporating your lifestyle and you as a person. We will consider your previous medical history, but will also spend time listening to you describe your aches, pain and any situations that have caused or aggravate the problem(s).

The short-term benefits are to relieve the pain and improve movement. You may also feel more relaxed. Long-term, the treatment will address the problems that may have annoyed you for a while and perhaps even give you a new lease of life.

Osteopaths do not prescribe medication; we believe, in many cases, your body has its own healing powers that will be facilitated through treatment to relieve pain, discomfort and immobility. However, we will not advise you to stop any treatment program or medication prescribed by a doctor or specialist.

Osteopaths use their highly trained skills of palpation (examination by touch) to detect dysfunction in joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves throughout the body and understand how this can affect everyday activity. Problems are often interconnected, and dysfunction in one part of the body will lead an osteopath to search for and possibly find related problems in another part – as the song goes, “the knee bone is connected to the hip bone”. The cause of a problem could be a recent or old injury, postural strains, stress, or an underlying disease; it could well be a combination of these things.

Treatment is tailored to each individual and a range of techniques may be used such as soft tissue massage, articulation (passively moving your back, or arms or legs around), high velocity thrusts (better known as ‘cracking and clicking’), visceral techniques (working on abdominal organs to release tension), functional release (gentle unwinding of tight fascia) or cranial osteopathy (improving the fluid around the body). Cranial osteopathy is very gentle and is often used on babies and children but can also be used for chronic conditions.

Based on your medical history and examination osteopaths are trained to give a clinical diagnosis and assess whether osteopathy treatment is appropriate. However, if we are concerned there may be an underlying medical condition referral will be recommended.

Advice on exercise, ergonomics and posture may also be offered in order to help you maintain the benefits of treatment and to help prevent recurring problems.

We help you take charge of your health. Sometimes it is difficult to take time for yourself and seeking osteopathic treatment can be an important step towards this.