What we do
Osteopaths try to make sure the body is kept in tune for the daily activities it is called on to perform. Many painful conditions arise because our bodies are being overused in a particular way.
One example is repetitive strain problems arising from work, hobbies or faulty posture. Problems such as headaches, digestive issues, sciatica and circulatory issues can sometimes be related to local dysfunction of joint or muscle. It is as if you were to bash your favourite musical instrument around for an hour or two then still expect to get good results from playing it. Similarly, the body will protest in all manner of ways when struggling physically.
Other times the strain on the body comes from within; for example if we are prone to inflammatory or degenerative conditions such as arthritis. Sometimes an old injury or structural anomaly such as a leg length difference can give rise to problems felt elsewhere in the body.
Broadly speaking we help treat the following:
* Generalised aches and pains
* Joint pains including hip and knee pains
* Arthritic pains
* General acute or chronic back ache and neck pain
* Frozen shoulder, shoulder and elbow pain
* Tennis elbow/Golfers elbow -type conditions
* Digestive problems
* Pregnancy pain and Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction
* Rheumatic pains
* Jaw problems
* Generalised tension
* Minor sports injuries.
The above conditions should give you the general idea, but ring for a chat if you need clarification. Osteopaths function as mechanics for the body, diagnosing and treating many kinds of problems.
As well as hands-on treatment we may give exercises or advice on how to avoid problems arising again. Sometimes people just carry out daily activities without much thought, and then injure themselves through twisting or carrying heavy loads. It can help to train us out of certain movement patterns and into others, a bit of advice is often very helpful here.
Many of the procedures used in osteopathic diagnosis are similar to those used in conventional medicine and physiotherapy. We ask questions about general health and test joints and muscles to see if patterns of movement are restricted.
Osteopaths can refer people for scans and investigations but our own examination is mainly using palpation – or touch in other words – to feel why and where the body is not functioning properly.
Osteopathic treatment itself is not usually painful though there may be areas of the body that are already very irritated when you come to see us. This means you may experience some discomfort or minor soreness for a day or two after treatment.
Osteopathy uses a wide array of techniques such as massage, joint mobilisation, muscle stretching, cranial osteopathy and joint manipulation in order to regain a normal range of motion.
The wide range of techniques osteopaths use means that we are able to treat many conditions, yet still tailor the treatment to individual needs. Thanks to the gentle methods we employ, people of all ages, children, and pregnant and post-partum women can benefit from treatment.
In a word, osteopaths treat everything from niggles and pains to chronic illnesses. But perhaps the most important thing we do, is help restore and then maintain the body’s normal functioning to improve individual quality of life and movement.
Seeing an osteopath can help get you back on your feet and may also educate and teach how to stay healthy by better listening to the body, recognising when treatment is going to help rather than leaving things to become serious.