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Osteopathy

Osteopaths treat with a range of techniques from soft tissue massage to stronger techniques of articulation and mobilisation

Osteopathy

Ali uses a variety of techniques including soft tissue massage, manipulation, articulation, muscular stretching and engaging, acupuncture, IF, ultrasound, rehabilitation and exercise prescription. She will also give advice on moving forwards.

Osteopathy is a manual therapy that aims to restore the body to its optimal working condition. The osteopath uses a system of diagnosis and treatment to give pain relief, and work on the stresses and strains of the body. It is a healthcare system that integrates the whole body not just the area of pain or dysfunction.

Osteopathy focuses on the biomechanical integrity of the body and believes that altered structure can not only be the cause of inefficiency and pain, but also be a component that prolongs pain. The treatment focuses on the musculoskeletal system, biomechanics, nervous system, vascular and lymph fluid flow, and connective tissue. The treatment is gentle and appropriate for patients from all walks of life: young, old, office workers, pregnant women, sports people, and more.

The osteopath can treat all manner of problems such as

  • Arthritic pains,
  • Backache,
  • Joint pain,
  • Frozen shoulder,
  • Sciatica,
  • Muscle spasms and tension,
  • Minor sports injuries,
  • Neuralgia,
  • Rheumatism
  • Aches and pains that arise from everyday life.
  • The osteopath considers all elements of the patient’s life, such as medical history and day to day activities, to ensure the treatment is tailored specifically to the individual.

How do we treat.

Osteopathy is recognised by the medical profession and in some cases you can be referred directly to an osteopath by your GP. If you are unsure about visiting an Osteopath you can check with your GP first, although this is not necessary.

On the first visit a thorough case history will be taken including medical history and previous injuries or illnesses. You will be asked to dress down to your underwear so that the osteopath can carry out an examination of the movements of your spine and joints. This will allow the osteopath to diagnose your pain or dysfunction and assess if you are safe to treat. Chaperones are welcome if you would feel more comfortable, and are necessary if the patient is under 18.

Osteopaths treat with a range of techniques from soft tissue massage to stronger techniques of articulation and mobilisation.

  • Treatment may involve
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Ligament balancing
  • Joint manipulation and articulation
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Western medical acupuncture
  • Muscle energy techniques, stretching and strengthening
  • Exercise advise and rehabilitation
  • Professionalism and safety

An Osteopath must study for 4 to 5 years for a degree similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine. By law they must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). The British Medical Association’s guidance for GP’s states that doctors can safely refer patients to Osteopaths.

What do we treat

Pain and Posture
Back pain, neck pain and headaches can all be helped. By increasing the fluid drainage, and increasing blood flow to the muscles we can reduce inflammation and reset the neurological input that is contributing to cause the pain. A combination of osteopathy techniques can aid this pain relief.

Age Related Stiffness & illness
Arthritic aches and pains, and stiffness, can cause you problems as you age. Tired muscles from asthma or from long-term illness such as AS can also take their toll. Osteopathy can increase movement at the joints, reduce the stiffness, increase muscle efficiency and generally improve quality of life.

Injury & Sport
Osteopathy can work on sports and other injuries whether niggling little things or acute traumatic accidents. They can encourage the healing process and reduce inflammation by keeping maximum nutritional health to surrounding muscles and joints to aid the bodies’ natural healing response.

Mind
Emotional stresses and strains can be connected to the mid thoracic spine and surrounding muscles. Relaxing deep or soft tissue manipulation of back, neck and shoulders will switch off the muscles and allow your mind to unwind and reduce strain and tension. You can feel a sense of well being, and stress relief after treatment.

Pre and Post natal
Low back pain and pelvic pain are common. (Studies show figures between 25 to 80% of pregnant women suffer.)

  • Generalised muscular pain
  • Symphasis pubic pain (pain at front of pelvis)
  • Sacroiliac joint pain (presenting as lower back pain)
  • Sciatica and leg pain
  • Rib and thoracic spinal pain, leading to shortness of breath.
  • Headaches and neck aches.

Osteopathy is a safe and gentle way of treating common conditions.
As your baby grows, the structure of your body changes. If attention is paid to facilitate this normal physiological change, then the change can take place with the minimum of stress and discomfort, leading to a more natural and easy pregnancy.

6 weeks after birth, once you have been discharged by your obstetrician and midwife, you can then have a check up and re-alignment to support you in the first months of mothering.

 

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