WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?

 

Osteopathy is a complementary, manual therapy that is used as a way of diagnosing, treating and preventing a wide range of musculoskeletal dysfunctions and injuries. It is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.

 

Osteopaths assess an individual by undertaking a thorough case history and clinical examination to better understand the likely cause of your pain and symptoms. To do this, an osteopath will assess your muscles and joints using a variety of techniques such as touch, movement, physical mobilisation, stretching and massage. These techniques can help to improve the mobility of your joints, reduce muscular and joint tension and pain.

 

As a part of the treatment process, your osteopath may utilise a variety of other therapeutic interventions including; exercise rehabilitation, taping, acupuncture and provide you with educational advice to help you self-manage your injury or problem. 

 

In the event that a musculoskeletal problem or injury should require further examination or investigations (for example MRI, blood tests or X-Ray) your practitioner may refer you onward to a GP or specialist. Your osteopath will discuss this with you should this arise during the course of your treatment.

 

Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners who are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).

 

WHAT CAN OSTEOPATHY HELP WITH?

 

Osteopathic treatment can be helpful for a variety of musculoskeletal problems and injuries. Some examples include:

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  • Aches & Pains

  • General, acute & chronic back pain

  • Neck pain and headaches

  • Concussion

  • Sports Injuries 

  • Arthritic pain

  • Disc injuries

  • Sciatica

  • Shoulder or elbow pain

  • Muscle spasms

 

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