Osteopathy is a holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment. It works on the principle that much pain and disability stems from abnormalities in the function of body structure as well as damage caused by disease. If the musculo-skeletal system is correctly aligned and working well, the tissues of the body will be healthy and the circulatory, lymphatic and digestive systems will function properly. The body’s self-healing mechanisms could restore normal function.
What happens during an Osteopathy treatment?
Osteopathy is used to improve the range of movement of a joint and as such is tailored to the individual’s needs. It may consist of:
- Soft tissue stretching
- Rhythmic passive joint movements
- Gentle manipulation
Remedial exercises to adjust posture or advice on diet and lifestyle may also be given. Hydrotherapy may also be prescribed via a different practitioner. Unless very acute, treatment is recommended weekly for an average of 5 – 6 weeks in acute cases and longer for chronic cases.
Clients should be aware that in general, the osteopath will need to see your spine and lower extremities to determine how your spine is moving. You should inform your osteopath if undressing to your underwear causes embarrassment for you as arrangements can be made to minimise undressing (often by wearing shorts and a sports top).
Why choose Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is suitable for adults and children over the age of 13, primarily with spinal or back problems. Many other conditions can be treated through the spine by improving the working of the nerves and blood supply (ie. headaches, dietary and digestive disorders, arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, frozen shoulder. Osteopathy is also safe in pregnancy. Osteopathy can help reduce pain, ease swelling and improve mobility and range of joint movement.
When is it not safe to have Osteopathy?
In most cases Osteopathy is safe however the Osteopath may require a consent letter or refer you for an x-ray or MRI before treatment commences.
Sessions last approximately 45 minutes. No need to undress. Suitable for both adults & children over the age of 13.