What is Osteopathy
Osteopathy is a natural manual therapy which seeks to overcome the wide range of problems resulting from disturbances of the body's framework and moving parts. Essentially Osteopathy is a way of detecting and treating damaged tissues such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. When the body is balanced and efficient, just like a well tuned engine, it will function with the minimum of wear and tear, leaving more energy for living.
Your Initial Consultation
The key to successful treatment lies in careful and accurate diagnosis along with the skilful application of Osteopathic technique to treat the underlying cause of a condition. When you visit the Osteopath for the first time, a full medical history to enable a full diagnosis will be taken, an examination performed and treatment given. The musculoskeletal assessment will be considered alongside lifestyle factors and suitable treatment plan to be determined. A complete explanation is given, along with advice, including exercise, diet and lifestyle changes, to all patients, to prevent a recurrence of their trouble. If other treatment is indicated, referral to an appropriate specialist is discussed.
What Osteopathy Treats
Musculoskeletal injuries and particularly backache are the biggest cause of time off work throughout industry. Billions of pounds are lost each year through sick payment, lost production, retraining of employees etc. Under current legislation we may only advertise the following list of conditions that osteopaths can help with. (It has to be said that in our clinic we have helped patients in a number of ways for a number of problems... if you are not sure whether your problem is something we can deal with please call us).
Osteopathy can help with:
- generalised aches and pains
- joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
- arthritic pain
- general, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)
- uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)
- headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
- migraine prevention
- frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
- circulatory problems
- minor sports injuries and tensions
- digestion problems
- joint pains, lumbago
- muscle spasms
- rheumatic pain
- inability to relax