Osteopathy is a system of manual therapy that uses hands-on techniques to assess, diagnose and treat the entire musculoskeletal system.
Osteopaths examine more than just the site of pain or discomfort, they also assess surrounding and related body parts, ensuring an accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan for every individual.
Osteopaths aim to improve the quality and range of movement of the body, which in turn will affect the muscular, circulatory and neurological body components which all help to maintain optimal health.
Osteopaths identify factors that cause and continue to aggravate your condition. This may include work, sport and lifestyle habits. Osteopaths provide patients with tailored advice on stretching and rehabilitation strategies to enhance your recovery and reduce the likelihood of recurring injuries. This holistic treatment approach promotes self awareness and encourages the patient to play a part in their recovery.
Osteopaths use a range a treatment techniques to ensure an effective and comfortable treatment. These include soft-tissue massage, joint articulation and manipulation, muscle energy and stretching. Specially developed ‘slow release techniques’, including cranio-sacral therapy, are commonly used in the elderly and the very young, to ensure that the treatment is both safe and comfortable.
Being government registered health care practitioners, patients do not need a referral to see and Osteopath.
What can Osteopaths treat?
Osteopaths can treat a wide range of disorders, some of these include:
- Back & Neck Pain
- Headaches & Migraines
- Postural Problems
- Nerve related injuries
- Sports Injuries
- Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfers Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Knee Pain
- Heel/ Foot Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Pregnancy/ Post-Natal Care