Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatments based on the principle that the structure and function of the body are interrelated and therefore rely on each other for optimal health.
Through case history and clinical examination the osteopath seeks to establish the exact source of the patient’s problem and formulate a diagnosis.
Hands on treatment is aimed at reducing symptoms/pain, restoring function and removing any mechanical imbalances which are preventing healing.
The osteopath will also provide rehabilitation exercises and life-style advice to help prevent further problems…
Evidence has shown that osteopathy is effective in the treatment of*:
- Joint Pains
- Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise.
- General, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)
- Generalised aches and pains
- Migraine Prevention
- Arthritic Pain
- Circulatory Problems
- Digestion Problems
- Rheumatic Pain
- Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)
- Minor sports injuries
- Muscle Spasms
- Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
- Tension and inability to relax
Cranial Osteopathy is a far more gentle treatment. Using a highly trained sense of touch the cranial osteopath can detect very subtle changes in the body created from stress and strain patterns.
These patterns may be a result of a previous traumatic event or injury and this gentle treatment can help release and balance these tissue states to relieve pain and tension. The treatment is very gentle and as such is suitable for babies and children and also the elderly.