Osteopathy is distinctive in that it recognises much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structure as well as damage caused by disease.
Using established methods of examination and diagnosis the osteopath detects damaged parts of the body such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. These structures when damaged can effect physiological function by inhibiting our vascular and nervous systems.
Osteopaths use their hands to employ treatment modalities which involve techniques that stretch, massage and mobilise these damaged structures.
The aim of this treatment is to restore normal structure and function to the mechanical body enabling a free circulation and a mobile nervous system thus creating the optimal environment for self healing.
When the body is balanced and efficient, just like a well tuned engine, it will function with minimal wear and tear, leaving more energy for living.
One of the main purposes of osteopathy is pain relief. Osteopathy helps people of all ages who suffer from pain, tackling complaints ranging from sports and work-related injuries to arthritis and sciatica. The osteopath's role is to alleviate pain and improve the patient's mobility in order to make life more comfortable.
Much long-term, recurrent pain is caused by degenerative changes to the body's framework. Nobody can reverse this process of ageing, but osteopathic treatment may still ease pain. The skilled techniques of osteopathy can often allow you a speedy return to normal activity. If you have had pain for a long time, and other forms of treatment have not helped, osteopathic treatment can be beneficial, although it may require time and patience.
Some conditions commonly treated:
Back and neck pain
Repetitive strain injury
Tennis and Golfer's elbow
Osteopathy is a safe and natural approach to healthcare. The title 'osteopath' became protected by law from 9 May 2000 and as such osteopathy is recognised as a primary healthcare profession, so you do not need to be referred by your doctor. An osteopath is trained to diagnose your problem and will refer you to another health-care practitioner if necessary.