Osteopathy

Healing through manual therapy…

Osteopathy is a way of detecting and treating damaged parts of the body such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. When the body is balanced and efficient, it will function with the minimum of wear and tear, leaving more energy for living.

Osteopathy is suitable and effective for patients of all ages, from very young babies to the elderly.

Osteopaths treat a variety of common conditions including changes to posture in pregnancy; babies with colic or sleeplessness, repetitive strain injury, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and sports injuries.

When you visit the clinic, a trained Osteopath registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) will take a full case history and you will be examined as necessary. You will normally be asked to remove some clothing and to perform a simple series of movements so that a series of observations and biomechanical assessments can be made. Additional investigations such as X-rays or blood tests may be required in order to reach a full diagnosis.

Treatment is through manual therapy, without the use of medications and will include a variety of techniques depending on your particular condition, including soft tissue techniques, exercises, articulation and manipulation.

Most osteopathic treatment is gentle and should not cause undue discomfort, although assessment and treatment may require the handling of painful areas. Most people find treatment relaxing. Some patients experience soreness after treatment, similar to that felt after unaccustomed exercise. This usually lasts no more than 24 – 48 hours.