Osteopathy is a system of medicine that focuses on treating, and preventing, painful muscle and joint problems. By using specific hands-on techniques, Osteopaths focus on creating balance within the body.
Osteopaths use joint mobilisations and manipulations (the 'click') together with stretching and massage techniques to increase the flexibility of joints and body tissues. This helps to relieve muscle tension, relieve muscle spasms and improve tissue health, all of which help the body to heal itself.
Osteopaths are commonly thought of for treating back pain, and while this is something osteopathy can work really well for, osteopathy can be used to treat a variety of other things too, such as:
• Neck pain
• Shoulder pains, e.g. frozen shoulder
• Elbow problems, e.g. tennis elbow
• Hip and knee problems
• Arthritic changes
• Sports injuries
• Generalised aches and pains
• Headaches, particularly those arising from tension and neck problems
• Migraine prevention
• Nerve pain such as neuralgia or sciatica
• Circulatory problems
So, we're pretty useful really, and we don't just treat backs! One of the great things about osteopathy is that we are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council and have to adhere to a strict code of conduct, just like the General Medical Council regulates a doctor. Osteopaths also have to fulfil a minimum of 30 hours per year of Continuous Professional Development to keep up to date with our skillset.
If you would like to discuss whether Osteopathic treatment is right for you, or are unsure as to whether we can help you, please do contact us and arrange a free 15-minute chat about how we might be able to help you, with no obligation.