What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is about communication and cooperation with the natural laws of healing. Our main focus is to provide holistic relief for chronic pain.
The benefits of Osteopathic treatment
Osteopathic treatment is aimed not only at the relief of symptoms, but towards helping the body function better in all respects. Patients often report an improvement in general well being, energy levels, and sleep patterns and also in areas of symptoms other than those that brought them to the osteopath in the first place. A lot of patients with persistent problems seek osteopathy because by examining the body in this way, we are able to get to the root cause of a problem. The body can truly be healed.
What do Osteopaths treat?
Osteopaths treat the whole person not just the condition at play. Using the principles of osteopathy, a wide variety of conditions can be helped.
- Back and Neck pain
- Joint Pain
- Headache and Migraine Sinusitis
- Jaw Pain
- Digestive Disorders
- Period Pain and Irregularity
- Pain associated with pregnancy
- Colic, Reflux and sleeping difficulties for babies
- Somato Emotional Release
- Asthma and chest complaints
- Stress, Depression and fatigue
- General ill health
- Childhood developmental problems
How does Osteopathy work?
If you have a painful elbow, you may wonder why the osteopath is treating your shoulder! All the different parts of the body work together as a team. If one area is not working well, the others compensate so that the body is still able to function healthily. When the compensation is all used up, that’s when tissues start to get strained and symptoms start to appear, usually in the weakest areas. So a tennis elbow may be due to a stiff shoulder. This is why the osteopath checks the whole body to see what areas needs working on. Osteopaths have a highly developed sense of touch and treatments are entirely hands on, manual therapy.
What does treatment involve?
An osteopath takes a detailed medical history from the patient followed by a careful examination. The whole body is assessed, not just the “sore bit”. He/She will make a diagnosis of what is causing the symptoms and try to put together the “story” of why they have developed. Treatments usually vary from being very subtle to fairly gentle. It is suitable for everyone from newborn babies to the very elderly.