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.
By taking a full case history and thoroughly examining the patient the osteopath first seeks to establish the exact source of the patient’s problem. Treatment is aimed at reducing symptoms/pain, restoring function and removing any mechanical imbalances which are preventing healing. Restoring balance will prevent recurrence of the complaint.
Evidence has shown that osteopathy is effective in the treatment of*:
- Generalised aches and pains
- Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
- Arthritic pain
- General, acute and chronic backache, back pain
- Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain
- Headache arising from neck (cervicogenic)
- Frozen shoulder/shoulder and elbow pain/tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions
- Circulatory problems
- Digestion problems
- Joint pains, lumbago
- Muscle spasms
- Inability to relax
- Rheumatic pain
- Minor sports injuries and tensions
There is also a large area of Osteopathy dedicated to pre and post natal care.
*source: Osteopathy Today Vol 16.9 Nov 2010
Cranial osteopathic techniques are very popular for the care of babies and children as well as adults. This is a very gentle treatment and can be used alone or combined with structural osteopathic techniques. All treatments are explained to the patient and are tailored to their specific needs.