So - What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of conditions, not just back pain! 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 skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
Throughout the UK, Osteopaths treat over 30,000 patients every day for a wide variety of complaints. By law, Osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council, which sets very high standards of practice. To be an Osteopath in the UK, you must have completed a four or five year degree at a recognised university, hold full insurance and complete 30 hours of continuing professional development each year.
How Does Osteopathy Work?
Osteopathy helps to improve mobility, symmetry and health, as well as reducing pain. Using specialised ‘hands on’ techniques osteopaths are very effective in releasing the tension and restrictions that are causing pain and dysfunction. More than simply working on muscles and joints, osteopathic treatment also affects posture and motion, respiration and circulation, and neurological and metabolic processes making it a truly holistic approach to your health.
By appreciating the integrative nature of the body, I can determine the root cause of a problem and work through any compensatory patterns, rather than focusing on just treating the symptoms. Patients can be surprised at how thoroughly we assess the whole body from head to feet, but it is essential if we want to improve overall posture and health.
My treatment aim is to get you out of pain, and to move and feel better!
One of my favourite aspects of Osteopathy is the vast range of techniques we use. Because of this, each treatment I do is completely tailored to the individual patient. I achieve great results using a combination of different treatment techniques and approaches depending on the patients preferences, and what I feel I need to do to get the best outcome.
Sometimes patients are worried about seeing an osteopath because they have heard that there may be lots of joint or spine cracking. Let me assure you this is not the case! Where appropriate and safe, I do use joint manipulation (clicking) but only with patient consent.
Soft Tissue Therapy
Muscular treatment and specific massage applications such as myofascial release, sports massage and trigger point therapy.
Known best for the treatment of babies, but suitable for all. A gentle approach using a highly trained sense of touch to feel subtle changes of tension and tissue quality throughout the body, and to release areas of strain or dysfunction.
Joint ‘clicking’. Used only where it is appropriate and safe to do so, and with patient consent. I use minimal force and very specific techniques to maximise patient comfort.
Joints and structures being moved passively through their range of movements.
Muscles are helped to relax by alternating specific resistance and relaxation.
Gentle movement of tissues in a way which relaxes barriers to normal movement.
Exercises and Stretching
Individual regimes are built up, not to take over your life but to help restore it.
Used to allow internal organs and associated structures to relax, increase their own function and the function of the musculoskeletal system that they are connected to.