Osteopathy

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What is osteopathy?

Many people believe that an osteopath is simply someone you go and see when you have a bad back. And while our osteopaths do deal with both chronic and acute backache, there is so much more to it that that.

Osteopathy stimulates the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms, treating the whole person rather than just an affected area. Your first appointment will comprise a thorough examination and, while we will take a detailed case history, our most effective diagnostic tool is touch. At this point we may draw on the expertise of other practitioners in our clinic, including physiotherapists and body conditioning experts. We’ll then analyse your movement before explaining your diagnosis and starting your treatment.

Osteopathy aims not only to relieve your symptoms, but also to address the cause of any problem.

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The techniques we use include:

Cranial osteopathy

This is a very refined and subtle type of treatment which is especially gentle, making it particularly suitable for babies, infants and the elderly.

Yes, babies!

So if your little bundle of joy has problems with wind, colic, digestion, sleep or plagiocephaly (when one side or the back of a baby’s head is flatter than it should be) get in touch today.

Visceral Manipulation

This is where we move away from most people’s understanding of osteopathy. It’s not just about joints, muscles and bones, but also deals with issues such as constipation, bloating, IBS, asthma, period pain and pain from uterine or vaginal prolapse.

And while we’re on the subject of women’s issues, many of our pregnant patients report great results when it comes to easing the physical discomforts of pregnancy as well as preparing for and recovering from childbirth.

Masseur massaging little baby's foot, shallow focus

Soft tissue, myofascial techniques and trigger point therapy

Myofascial pain is caused by tightness and sensitivity in the tissues that surround and support your muscles. This is a debilitating and chronic disorder, with the pain usually originating from specific points, called ‘trigger points’. We can often relieve the pain by employing a range of tried and tested techniques.

Articulation work

This is a method of manipulating your joints to improve movement by gently stretching the tissues surrounding the joint. It also helps improve blood flow which can aid healing.

Here’s a list – in alphabetical order – of some of the symptoms and conditions we provide treatment for.

  • Arthritic pain
  • Backache (acute and chronic but not from accident or injury
    Female health
  • General aches and pains
  • Joint pain
  • Lumbago
  • Neck pain (not following whiplash or other injury)
  • Pregnancy and baby issues
  • Sciatica

Doctor doing neck adjustment in medical office