Osteopathy is a physical approach to restoring, maintaining and promoting physical and psychosocial well being by the use of manual therapy involving massage, mobilisation and manipulation.
To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So we work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.
We use touch, manipulation, stretching & massage to increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension enhancing blood flow which helps your body’s own healing mechanisms.
All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the general osteopathic council which requires us to renew our registration each year.
Conditions which can be helped are:
- generalised aches and pains, chronic and acute
- arthritic pain
- neck pain
- headache arising from the neck / migraine prevention
- frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow
- circulatory problems
- digestion problems
- joint pains, lumbago
- muscle spasms
- inability to relax
- rheumatic pain
- sports injuries and tensions
During the initial consultation, we will discuss your individual requirements and the best course of treatment, which can include any of the individual listed treatments, or a mixture.
In some cases a letter from your GP prior to commencing treatment e.g. post operation or if you are receiving certain types of medical intervention maybe required. This will be made clear to you during the consultation.
Some individuals will need only a few sessions to resolve an injury or unknown cause of pain. This is sufficient to uncover any postural imbalances caused by your work/social environment.
Where applicable, this treatment will involve postural corrective exercises, core stability and functional strength training. This will be done in an instructive manner, enabling you to take control of your own pain. I understand how important it is to not rely solely on a hands on treatment to gain pain relief. Not only does it become very costly, but leaves you dependant on the therapist’s availability to provide treatment at the time you need it.
Static posture and some which are counter productive to the muscular skeletal systems.
Varying activities within the office environment require you to establish maladaptive postures, those of you sat a hot desk where by ergonomics will not be ideal with increased forward head carriage, hunched up shoulders, increased wrist flexion. Or for those of you at a fixed desk that may have the screen to high or low or a phone setup to one side, use of a headset? Working from home.
How this can affect the body? Whatever positions you put yourself in, your body will slowly adapt. This can be bad news for example if for the majority of the day you sit at a desk!
- Your nervous system will prevent certain muscles from being affective
- Prolonged sitting can lower your tissue quality
- Resulting in reduced flexibility
- Potential for injury and likelihood of developing pain and discomfort in your body
The British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths. Osteopathy has been regulated since 1993 by the General Osteopathic Council and requires us to renew our registration each year and it is an offence for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered.