What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a holistic form of manual medicine, holistic meaning ‘concerned with the whole rather than a separation into parts’. Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use manual techniques to treat and balance all the systems of the body which could be leading to the symptoms that you are experiencing.
One of the philosophies of Osteopathy is that structure and function are highly related, and that the body has the ability to heal itself. Osteopathic treatment assists your body to achieve its optimum health so it will be better able to deal with the problems it is experiencing.
What does an Osteopath do?
Osteopaths begin by taking a comprehensive case history and then a physical examination of the body using different assessment techniques. Assessing posture, biomechanics and the way your body moves.
Osteopaths use a range of different techniques when treating, having both a direct pathway and an indirect pathway. Direct methods include soft tissue, stretching, mobilization, muscle energy techniques and manipulation. Indirectly, they use counterstain, balanced ligamentous tension and cranio-sacral rhythms.
What can an Osteopath treat?
Osteopathic treatment is directed at the whole body including muscles, joints, of the lower limb upper limb and spine, and can assist with many conditions.
Including back and neck pain, headaches and migraines, sports injuries, pregnancy related back pain, postural strains, tendonitis, asthma, newborns and children, rehabilitation for musculoskeletal strains, sprains and injuries, acute and chronic injuries and much more.
Osteopathy can help treat people of all ages from new born, babies to children, adults and seniors.