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What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an established healthcare profession which assesses each person as a whole rather than just a collection of separate problems. We believe that the structure of the body influences how it functions and therefore if we can alter the structure, returning it to how it should be, then function will improve and pain reduce.
I mainly use my hands as the main tool to assess the body looking for areas that aren’t functioning correctly and then help correct them to restore function and reduce pain. Techniques used include stretching, massaging, articulation (gentle movement of the joints) and manipulation with the aim of getting dysfunctional joints working better and reducing the tension in tight, over-stretched muscles.
Osteopaths will also treat you to reduce the risk of the problem recurring in the future. This may be in the form of regular ‘maintenance’ treatments to reduce tensions, it may be an exercise programme to maintain flexibility or it may be to give advice on changes you need to make to your lifestyle.
If your problem or issue isn't suitable for osteopathic treatment then I will refer you to an appropriate professional who can either help diagnose or treat your particular problem.
Here is a list of just some of the conditions osteopathy has been shown to help:
- generalised aches and pains
- joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis
- arthritic pain
- general, acute & chronic backache, back pain
- neck pain
- headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
- frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow
- digestion problems
- joint pains, lumbago
- muscle spasms
- circulatory problems, cramp
- inability to relax
- rheumatic pain
- minor sports injuries and tensions