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Osteopathy

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Osteopathy is a form of clinical diagnosis and manual treatment. Osteopaths treat patients of all ages with disabilities and pain stemming from abnormalities in the function of the musculo-skeletal system, such as pain in the shoulder and back.

What do Osteopaths do?

The Chiropractor Osteopaths use their hands both to investigate the underlying cause of pain and to carry out medical treatment using a variety of manipulative techniques. These may include muscle and connective tissue stretching, rhythmic joint movements or high velocity thrust techniques to improve the range of movement of a joint. Gentle releasing techniques are often used. Osteopaths consider the whole person. At the first consultation an osteopath will take a full case history and will examine posture and the strength and flexibility of muscles, ligaments and tendons. The treatment is geared to the individual.

What do Osteopaths treat?

Half of patients who are treated with osteopathy suffer from low back trouble. Most back pains result from mechanical disturbances of the spine – postural strains, joint derangement’s and spinal disc injuries.The most common complaints are: back and neck pain; shoulder and arm problems; pelvis, hip and leg problems; sports and other injuries. Osteopaths treat the person not the condition. If you want to find outmore, our osteopaths will be happy to talk to you. A large number of women are treated with osteopathy successfully. Pregnancy can put a strain on the whole spine and osteopathic treatment can help the body adapt to the many changes it experiences. Many women are working mothers and combining both aspects of their lives can give rise to problems, for example, headaches can originate from stiffness and tension in the neck. Pain killers are not the only solution for the aches and pains associated with ageing. Osteopaths work to restore the body to a state of balance where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Many people from the age of forty start loosing fitness and are more prone to injury. Treatment is designed to alleviate current problems and to help prevent recurrences by giving remedial advice and preventative exercise.

Paediatric Osteopathy

This approach uses very gentle techniques in which the osteopath’s highly trained sense of touch is used to identify and correct mechanical disturbances and limitations both in and around the joints for the skull, and throughout the body. Gentle and safe osteopathic treatment is given to babies and children to help release stresses and tensions in the body. When osteopaths examine babies, areas of tension are often found in the spine or head, which are indications that the baby is uncomfortable. A baby cannot complain of backache or headache, and will typically express this by crying and being unsettled or irritable. Asymmetry in the head, neck and body can lead to postural imbalances and discomfort or tension in the musculoskeletal system of the body. This makes the child fidgety and sitting still can be difficult. A child who cannot sit still due to discomfort or tension may find it more difficult to settle or concentrate at school. Osteopaths believe that regular monitoring of the developing spine can help to prevent back problems later in life.