It is based on the premise that a blockage or disturbance in the flow of the body’s life energy, or “qi,” can cause health issues. Acupuncturists use hair-thin needles to specific acupuncture points throughout the body to restore the flow of qi, balance the body’s energy, stimulate healing, and promote relaxation.
Wear something, which can make you feel comfortable. If possible, go for comfy shirts and loose pants that allow you to move freely. Bringing a pair of shorts will also let you have something to wear when you need to change.
During an osteopathy session, make sure that you have with you details of the prescribed supplements or medications you’re currently taking. You also need to bring relevant scans, medical reports, X-rays, test results, supports, braces and orthotics that you are currently using.
People of any age can benefit from osteopathy, from new born babies and pregnant women to pensioners. Below is a list of conditions that according to the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) osteopaths are able to treat, this means research has been shown to provide benefit. If the condition you have is not present then please contact the practice to speak to an osteopath and they will be able to give you more information.
Osteopaths are also trained to recognise what they are unable to treat and to suggest alternative practitioners or referral for further tests.
Osteopathy is a treatment of the musculo-skeletal system, which includes the muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, nerves, blood supply and other connective tissues. Its aim is to consider the whole body and how that relates to the pain or discomfort with which a patient may present.
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.