What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
Osteopathic treatment uses a range of gentle manual therapy techniques to adjust the soft tissues and joints to restore optimal structure and function within your body.These techniques may include; soft and deep tissue massage, mobilisation, stretching (isometric and static), Muscle Energy Technique (MET), HVLA (High Velocity Low Amplitude) thrust technique as well as home based exercise prescription and advice surrounding posture, ergonomics, and nutrition.
Osteopathic Treatment Techniques
Osteopathic techniques used by your osteopath may include:
Passive and active gentle spinal and joint manipulation
Mobilisation of muscles, tendons and ligaments
Advanced counterstain techniques
Advanced Muscle Energy Techniques
Sleep, seated and standing posture check ups
The most common conditions treated
Back pain, including disc injuries, muscle and spinal pain, scoliosis
Sciatica (pain or altered sensation to the leg)
Neck pain, whiplash, headaches, migraines, jaw pain, neuralgia
Pain in joints such as knees, ankles, elbows and shoulders (including rotator cuff and frozen shoulder syndrome)
Arthritic, bone and nerve pain
Short leg syndrome
Pelvic imbalances, abdominal discomfort
Sports related injuries, including tendonitis, muscle strain and deep bruising
Work related and repetitive strain injuries
Osteopathy can also play a significant role in pain management or when used in conjunction with medical treatment.
Many mothers-to-be find Osteopathic treatment very beneficial both to reduce back pain during pregnancy and also to help prepare the body for birth. Small children can be treated with a wide variety of gentle non-manipulative techniques.
Advanced Trigger Point Dry Needling
A technique that uses fine filament type needles to release tight muscles that often cause dysfunction on a level too deep for a therapist to reach with manual treatments. It can have excellent outcomes in chronic conditions, and can be effective immediately. Dry needling can also stimulate a healing response in soft tissues, and reduce biomechanical stress on joints and referred pain. It can also be effective for pain that cannot be explained by neurological, orthopaedic or imaging examination.