What is osteopathy?
Osteopaths not only treat people suffering from acute and chronic pain, but also help them maintain a healthy approach to life. Each person is assessed as an individual and once a diagnosis has been formed, a personal treatment plan is formulated including advice for future prevention of the problem.
Osteopathy works with the structure and function of the body and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together. For our practitioners to maintain or improve your body's function, its structure must also work well. So we work to restore your body to a state of balance where possible, without the use of drugs or surgery.
We use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. We will also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
Osteopathic treatment will vary greatly depending on the presenting problem, the level of pain the person is experiencing and the age and build of the patient. The different techniques we will use and approaches we will take will be discussed with you at all stages throughout your treatment and we can adapt the way we work according to your feedback. For example if a particular technique has caused you pain or been ineffective previously then we can use a number of different methods to achieve a better result for your individual needs.
Osteopathic treatment most usually involves the following techniques: soft-tissue massage to the muscles to improve drainage and blood flow and to stretch out tight areas; articulation of restricted joints (often done rhythmically) to increase the joint's range of movement; and high-velocity low-amplitude thrusts - this involves a very small but very fast movement being put through a joint which often results in a clicking noise. This is just like the click that can be heard when you crack your knuckles.
The title ‘osteopath’ is protected by law. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety. The GOsC can and will prosecute individuals who practise as osteopaths when they are not on the GOsC Register.
What is cranial osteopathy?
Cranial osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head. It is effective in the treatment of babies and small children. Many midwives and health visitors recommend cranial osteopathy. Cranial osteopathy is also widely used with adults where other, stronger osteopathic techniques are inappropriate and for the treatment of delicate structures such as the head, neck and face. Our practice is concerned with the care of the whole family, from the routine checking of new-born babies and their mothers, to assisting the aged to lead a more active life.
The mechanical integrity of the body is fundamental to good health and this is the area in which osteopathy excels. Whilst we are unable to provide a definitive list of the sort of conditions which may respond to treatment, we do welcome enquiries to discuss the possibilities of helping every individual client on a case-by-case basis.