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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a manual ‘hands-on’ medicine which focuses on total body health by treating the musculoskeletal framework. This includes the spine, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue. Osteopathy is unique in that it has a holistic (whole body) approach to health, which means that osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but try to address the root cause to provide overall good health and well being.

How do osteopaths treat:

Osteopaths use their hands to work on tight muscles and restricted joints in order to restore full, pain free movements. Osteopaths use a broad range of hands-on techniques including soft tissue massage and stretching, deep tactile pressure, and mobilisation, articulation or manipulation of joints.

What do osteopaths treat:

Although osteopaths are best known for treating back pain and neck pain, they are trained to treat all joint pain; shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle for example. The following list is by no means exhaustive but illustrates some of the more common conditions treated.

  • Back pain
  • Headaches, neck and shoulder tension
  • Joint and muscle strain
  • Pain during and after pregnancy
  • Sports injuries
  • After surgery pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritic pain
  • Frozen shoulder and tennis elbow
  • Repetitive strain injury

What should I expect in an Osteopathy treatment:

Each consultation will begin with a case history where your osteopath will talk through the details and background to the problem. Next the osteopath will carry out an examination. For treatment it is normally necessary to undress to some extent (gowns are available.)
Osteopathy treatment is very hands on, usually the patient lies on a treatment table while the osteopath works on the relevant muscles and joints. After the treatment, where necessary, stretches and exercises will be given, as well as advice on how to manage the problem.

About Laura Watts:

Laura graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Osteopathy from Oxford Brookes University (UK) in 2007.


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