Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body and is based on the principle that when the structure of a body is functioning correctly, there should be a minimal amount of wear and stress on these tissues.
Osteopaths are Allied Healthcare Professionals who take time to understand your individual history, circumstances and unique physiology, to provide you with a personalised health improvement plan.
Our bodies are subject to many kinds of stress (physical and emotional) every minute of the day. We are designed to combat these assaults through tissue repair; a healthy immune system; enough sleep and optimal nutrition. It is only when the stress is excessive or when the body’s normal defence or repair mechanisms are impaired that symptoms and disease occur. This is when treatment becomes necessary.
Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible, without the use of drugs or surgery. By taking a full and comprehensive case history and examining the body’s structure and function, the Osteopath first seeks to establish the source of the symptoms. However, treatment will not only be directed at the symptomatic area, but also aim to address the factors that may have pre-disposed the mechanical dysfunction. The body can then continue its job of self-healing and tissue repair.
Osteopaths use a range of methods including soft tissue ‘massage’ of muscles and ligaments, passive stretching and traction to joints and manipulative techniques (which patients often feel as a click) to improve joint mobility to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. Many also use medical acupuncture to further enhance the treatment.
Patients visit for a range of different conditions resulting from employment, recreation and sports related activities i.e.
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Joint pain including hip, knee, ankle, foot, elbow and wrist
- Sciatic discomfort
- Arthritic and rheumatic discomfort
- Muscle tension
- Sports Injury management