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osteopathy

Osteopaths treat many problems manifested in muscles, ligaments, joints or nerves but also soft tissue and internal organs attached to the bony skeleton. We treat the nervous system and the blood supply to organs and structures, which means that rather than just treating the musculo-skeletal parts of the body, we have a much more profound effect on the general health and well-being of the person. Osteopaths view the body as a whole, look for the dysfunctional areas and balance all parts so that pain doesn't re-occur.

Touch is a very powerful tool that helps with acute pain and also chronically painful conditions. Many people get very anxious and stop moving when they are in pain and so in addition to massage, gentle manipulation and mobilising joints, an osteopath will advise on the level of exercise or movement during the recovery period, and may discuss lifestyle choices.

Osteopathy can also be effective for visceral/internal organ problems. All organs are controlled by the nervous system and are surrounded and protected by the musculo- skeletal system. Each organ has a specific way of moving in the body, and so treatment can be directed at organs and related muscles and nerves. A few examples include period pains, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and ME.

One of the treatment modalities sometimes used by osteopaths is cranial treatment, which is an extremely gentle osteopathic treatment, aimed at balancing the body and releasing tension. Deep levels of tissue change can occur throughout the entire body after what seems like small amounts of intervention. Due to the gentle nature of the treatment it can be used on infants, the elderly, and people with very painful conditions.

Your first visit to the osteopath will start with the osteopath taking a detailed case history, including operations, medication, aggravating and relieving factors, etcetera. After that you may need to perform simple guided movements, so that the osteopath can identify problems in the structure and function of the body. They will assess areas of weakness, tenderness, and restricted mobility. The osteopath will then discuss a diagnosis with you and discuss a treatment plan, estimating the number of sessions you may need.

The case history taking and physical examination is then followed by treatment which includes releasing muscles and stretching joints by using gentle massage and rhythmic joint movements, balancing connective tissues and often working at restoring balance to the nervous system.

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The first treatment usually lasts about 45 minutes to an hour and subsequent treatments tend to last up to 45 minutes. Osteopaths can give advice on exercises and health to help address the symptoms and improve overall well-being.

Communication is a very important element of the treatment and an osteopath will always try to be helpful, relaxed and friendly. You can ask questions at any time.




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Some common disorders that we treat include:

  • Low back pain - injuries, stiffness, sciatica, or pregnancy related pain
  • Upper back pain - poor working posture, injuries, driving strain, stressful lifestyle
  • Neck pain and headaches - whiplash, chronic tension
  • Arm, elbow, wrist and hand - nerve pain, tennis/golfers' elbow, RSI
  • Hip, knee, ankle and foot - arthritis, injuries, post operative treatment
  • Pregnancy or postpartum pain - sciatica, pelvic imbalances, rib pain, pubic pain
  • Chronic conditions, e.g., rheumatic conditions, arthritis, asthma
  • Joint pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Jaw and face pain - sinuses, post dental work, injuries to face
  • Postural related issues
  • Babies suffering from digestive issues, reflux, poor sleeping patterns, unsettled babies
  • Children with pain after falls/injury, ear infections, asthma, post dental intervention, growth spurts, developmental problems.