Osteopathy focuses on the body as a whole, moving it, stretching and massaging your muscles and joints in order to diagnose and treat you. Therefore it is perfectly normal for osteopaths treat other body parts that may (seemingly) have little relation to your injury.
Osteopathy is based on the principle that your overall wellbeing depends on your entire body: bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue need to function smoothly together as a whole. If one part of the body is not working well, it can trigger problems for the rest, because our system tries to compensate sometimes creating pain, inflammation or stiffness. Osteopathic treatments allow the body to heal itself. Your osteopath will look for the cause of the imbalance and try to fix it, in order to recreate the body’s natural equilibrium. Osteopathy employs a range of techniques but not drugs or surgery.
Your osteopath will start by taking a thorough case and medical history then evaluate you by looking at your body’s mechanical functionality and discussing posture, repeated movements and lifestyle. If none of the symptoms are not of a medical element which would need immediate referral, they will devise a treatment that is truly tailored to you, taking into account your needs and preferences.
Your Osteopath will use hands-on manipulation, acupuncture, massage and stretching to increase the blood supply to tissues, activate nerves, relieve tension points, relax and mobilise joints. This will activate the natural healing powers of the body.
Osteopathy is also strong in the belief that we must work on our day to day lifestyle, taking regular physical activity (including stretching) to ensure our bodies stay healthy, to increase general wellbeing and prevent the return of future symptoms. It is the goal of your osteopath to solve your issue and not just provide temporary relief, knowing you will be back for more treatment.
Following treatment, you may feel a little sore for approx. 24 to 72 hours. This is normal but please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Your Osteopath may prescribe home treatment for you to help the healing process (such as heat or ice to increase or decrease blood flow to the affected area) and/or exercise/stretches.
Osteopathy is a method of diagnosis and manual treatment. This method is officially recognised by both the NHS and the British Medical Association. Since 1993, osteopaths have their own statutory recognition. This allows patients that are treated by osteopaths to have the same level of regulation and safeguards as you have with medical doctors and dentists.
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