What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions.

It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the joints, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of health using physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body's own healing mechanisms. We may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.

What kind of problems can osteopathy help with?

As a profession, osteopathy is best known for helping people with back pain. However, osteopaths are experts in all aspects of musculoskeletal medicine, and are skilled in the treatment and management of numerous conditions, including:

  • back pain
  • neck pain
  • whiplash
  • sports injuries and rehabilitation
  • shoulder girdle pain
  • frozen shoulder
  • hip and knee arthritis
  • tennis elbow
  • tension headaches
  • plantar fasciitis (pain on soles of feet)

What can I expect on my first visit?

On your first visit a detailed medical history will be taken. This will be followed by a physical examination, for which you will normally be asked to undress to your underwear and to perform a series of simple movements so that the mobility of your body can be evaluated. Then, using a developed sense of touch, your osteopath will identify any abnormalities in the structure and function of your body, including areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction or strain.

By this means, a diagnosis will be made and your osteopath will then discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition effectively.

Once your examination is complete and the diagnosis explained, appropriate hands-on treatment can begin. As mentioned above, treatment will normally involve gentle soft tissue and stretching techniques coupled with the precise articulation and manipulation of specific joints.

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