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.




Mark Stockwell