Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of medical conditions. It is suitable for all sorts of different people; babies and children to adults and people in the later stages of life. It is suitable for people who lead quite a sedentary lifestyle to very active sports people to pregnant mums and people with back pain and minor sports injuries.
Osteopathy was first used in the late 19th century by a man called Andrew Taylor Still and his knowledge was passed on and is now taught in universities all over the world. In order to be an Osteopath in the U.K. you need to study for 4 years at undergraduate level and then register with the General Osteopathic Council and complete 30 hours of continual professional development each year to stay registered.
Osteopathy looks to restore balance to your body by using various techniques such as massage, mobilisation of joints, stretching and manipulations. This all helps to relieve stiff joints and tension in muscles to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues to help the bodies own healing mechanism…… we don’t claim to heal anything directly, we aim to put the body in a position where it can heal itself. We also provide advice on posture and give stretches and exercises to promote health and prevent the symptoms from recurring. We look at the body as a whole unit including the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue to make sure they are functioning smoothly together.
Why would you come and see an osteopath?
Osteopathy specialises in the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders. Your Osteopath will ask you questions about your general state of health and then will ask some more specific questions related to the issues you are having. They will undertake an examination to try and find the cause of your issues and then explain what they think is going on. Once you have agreed on a course of action they will then use their skills to try and help your problem. This should always be done with your consent i.e. you understand what is going to be done and why and you give your permission to proceed.
Osteopathy can claim to help the following conditions:
Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
General, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)
Generalised aches and pains
Minor sports injuries and tensions
Inability to relax
Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain ( as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)
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