Osteopathy is a system of physical therapy that lays emphasis on any imbalances or restrictions in function of the bones, joints, muscles and ligaments, collectively known as the musculoskeletal system. When the musculoskeletal system is working correctly, there should be no pain or restricted movement in its tissues.
Throughout normal life, our bodies are subjected to many kinds of stress, including physical and emotional stress. Whilst we are naturally able to defend our bodies against stress, if that stress becomes excessive, it can disrupt the body’s ability to repair itself and can result in symptoms of weakness that ultimately can lead to disease.
Osteopathy focuses on the body’s structure and function and by combining a full case history from the patient with examination findings, the osteopath can pinpoint the root cause of the dysfunction and enable a comprehensive treatment to begin, encouraging the body’s self-healing mechanism. However, osteopathy isn’t just for treating back pain, it can also be useful for treating arm and leg pain, knee pain, arthritic pain, certain types of headaches, sciatica and sporting injuries amongst other things.
Our Osteopaths use a variety of treatment techniques that vary depending on the individual person. Often, treatment is a combination of soft-tissue massage techniques, joint articulation techniques and, if required, joint manipulation techniques (the ‘’click’’ commonly referred to) however, we believe that treatment doesn’t have to always use manipulation, and more often than not we use far gentler techniques to achieve the same result, equally as effectively. Along with manual treatment, we often give advice on exercising, stretching, posture and lifestyle changes to help you heal quicker. Occasionally, further tests are appropriate, such as blood tests or xrays, in which case we will discuss our findings with you and your doctor to help you feel better.
Although osteopathy is mainly known for dealing with spinal pain, osteopaths are trained to treat all joint, muscle, ligament and tendon problems. See the indiviual Treatment pages in the menu or boxes below to see how each condition can be treated.