What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a manual medicine and a holistic medicine. This means that we use our hands to assess and treat a patient and we look at the body as a whole.
We use a variety of techniques including very gentle techniques, massage-like techniques, articulation and mobilisation of joints. The techniques we use will depend on your body type and the problem you present with.
As we believe the body functions as one and all areas are interrelated we may treat an area seemingly unrelated to your symptoms. Each individual has their own pattern of strain which needs to be addressed to restore proper function to their body and a pain free state.
Osteopaths work within their scope of practice and refer to other healthcare professionals as required.
What can an osteopath treat?
Osteopathic treatment can help with a wide range of problems including:
- back and neck pain
- pelvic pain
- joint pain – spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot
- muscle aches
- occupational and repetitive strain injuries
- sport injuries
- pains experienced by pregnant and nursing mothers
Osteopathic treatment is suitable for infants, children, adults and elderly.
What can I expect when I visit an osteopath?
When you consult an osteopath, the osteopath will:
- discuss the symptoms you are experiencing and ask you about your general health and lifestyle
- find the area which needs treatment by examining your body and observing your movements
- discuss your treatment plan
- use their hands to gently work on the muscles, bones and joints of your body
- advise you on how to minimise the risk of the problem happening again.