What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a gentle and effective form of manual medicine, based on the principles that the way you use your bodies structure influences how it functions. Osteopaths are highly competent medical professionals with an increasing body of medical research to support its benefits in the treatment of medical conditions.
To function at its best a body needs harmony and fluidity and an osteopath is trained to locate the areas that may limit this expression. This may be as a result of postural imbalances, poor work stations, illness, injuries, stress, wear and tear or limiting beliefs. An osteopath will try to locate the cause of the complaint and then treat to alleviate the pain or discomfort. This is done using a variety of techniques, massage, stretching, articulation, joint manipulation or a cranial sacral approach. All with the aim of relieving muscle tension and improving balance which will enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues and help your body’s own healing mechanisms. Advice on posture and exercise will be provided to help aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
general aches and pains
acute and chronic back pain
uncomplicated mechanical neck pain
frozen shoulder/shoulder and elbow pain/tennis elbow
inability to relax
minor sports injuries and tensions
headache arising from the neck/migraine prevention
Osteopaths are also trained to recognise what they are unable to treat and to suggest alternative practitioners or referral for further tests.