Osteopathy

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Osteopaths focus on the body’s skeleton and joint structure as well as the underlying muscle, soft tissue and internal organs and work to re-align it back into balance.

Key Benefits

The goal of treatment is to ascertain and treat the underlying cause of your problem and not simply the pain itself. Utilising a highly developed sense of touch, Osteopaths identify any problems with your musculoskeletal system looking at muscles, joints, bones and ligaments. Once this framework is in balance the body as a whole will function better, recover from injury more quickly, and the initial complaint may not recur at all if postural changes are made and regular exercises are undertaken.

“The body has the inherent capacity to defend and repair itself”
Osteopathic Principle

Most people who see an Osteopath do so for help with back pain or other problems related to muscles and joints however this is not the limit of its scope – please contact Michelle, to discuss your individual presentation and to see whether Osteopathic treatment would be suited to you.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has concluded that osteopathy is an effective treatment of persistent lower back pain and recommends it as a treatment for this condition.

Who is it for

Adults, Children, Pregnant, Post-Natal Women and even Newborns can all benefit from osteopathy or cranial osteopathy. Each person is treated individually and therefore your treatment is tailor-made to suit you.

Remedial vs General Health

Osteopaths are skilled at finding and treating the cause of old or recurrent injuries and while the damaged joint, ligament or muscle may never fully recover, it can be kept under control. Likewise where osteopaths cannot cure long term degenerative illnesses such as arthritis, osteopathic treatment is a gentle and effective way to encourage movement back into the joints, thus increasing the health of the muscles in turn easing pain and allowing the patient a full and active lifestyle.

Periodic visits to keep on top of your condition are recommended to prevent relapses and keep your system fine tuned.

First Visit vs Ongoing Treatment

Your Personal Treatment Plan will be based on a programme of gentle stretching and mobilisation techniques, as well as joint manipulation, in order to create the optimum conditions for the body to facilitate the healing process. Whilst the initial treatment plan may only consist of 2-3 sessions it is vital the patient continues to consider their injury to prevent a relapse of the condition.

We feel patient education is key to your lasting health and vivacity and we would encourage you to take up the advice given on self-help treatments such as hydrotherapy, exercise, nutrition and lifestyle changes to enhance their general wellbeing.