Osteopaths believe that your whole body will work well if every part is in balance and working well together. To achieve this, Osteopathy uses soft tissue massage, stretching, physical manipulation and mobilisation to release tension, stretch muscles and improve joint mobility, and ultimately to help relieve pain.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a primary health care system, complementary to other medical practices. It is suitable for almost anyone and can contribute to the treatment and management of a wide range of conditions. Osteopaths primarily work through the neuro-musculo-skeletal system, mostly on muscles and joints, using holistic and patient-centred approaches.
A core principle behind osteopathy is the idea that the body is an integrated and indivisible whole, and contains self-healing mechanisms that can be utilised as part of the treatment. No part of the body works, or can be considered, in isolation. Relevant psychological and social factors also form part of the process of patient diagnosis.
What do Osteopaths do?
Many people see osteopaths as “back specialists”, as back pain is what we treat a lot of the time. However, osteopathy can be effective for a wide range of conditions involving other areas of the body. Osteopathy does not only target the symptoms but treats the parts of the body that have caused the symptoms. Osteopaths have a global approach and believe that your whole body will work well if every part is in balance and working well together.
How do Osteopaths treat?
Osteopaths use soft tissue massage, stretching, physical manipulation and mobilisation to release tension, stretch muscles and improve joint mobility, and ultimately to help relieve pain. The treatment will vary for every patient. You may be given advice on posture, lifestyle and exercises to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring. Osteopaths look at the person as a whole and how outside factors may influence your condition.
Osteopaths treats a variety of common problems, including:
- Generalised aches and pains
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Joint pain
- Arthritic pain
- General, acute & chronic back pain
- Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain
- Headaches and migraine prevention
- Frozen shoulder
- Elbow pain / tennis elbow
- Circulatory and digestion problems
- Muscle spasms
- Rheumatic pain
- Minor sports injuries and tensions
- Postural disorders
- Chronic injuries
- Sports injuries
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Stiffness and tension
- Mobility problems
- Repetitive strain injuries
Who can visit an Osteopath?
Osteopaths’ patients include the young, the elderly, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children, sports people and professional athletes. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back and neck pain, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and sports injuries.