Osteopathy

What is Osteopathy

A core principle of osteopathy is that the body is a unit; it is an integrated system working as a whole. Osteopathy recognises the importance of the link between the structure of the human body and the way it functions, utilizing the body's self-healing mechanisms as part of treatment.

Osteopaths focus on the body's skeleton and joint function along with underlying muscles, soft tissue and internal organs. Each person is treated as an individual working with their specific symptoms. An example is a twisted pelvis may be the cause of your knee pain.

Treatment usually consists of a combination of soft-tissue releasing techniques and some specific adjustments affecting joints and soft-tissues (muscles tendons and ligaments).

What to expect

On your first visit we will go through an initial consultation with you. This will help us to pinpoint your issue and determine which treatment route is best for you. In order to do this we will take note of your medical history and carry out an examination where you may be asked to do a few simple movements, this will allow us to assess any areas of weakness/tenderness.

Osteopaths usually start any treatment by releasing and relaxing muscles and stretching stiff joints, using gentle massage techniques, rhythmic joint movements and muscle release techniques. The osteopath may also carry out manipulation using short, quick movements to spinal joints. Other techniques may also be used depending on your problem.

Find out more about other treatment techniques here