Osteopathy - The Health Doctors
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Osteopathy

What is it?

Osteopathy is the practice of using manipulation, massage and touch to balance tensions and remove stiffness throughout the musculoskeletal system so that the body’s internal organs, circulation, digestion and lymphatic system can function properly. Osteopathy improves mobility and is particularly good for relieving pain in the joints and soft tissues.

Who is it for?

A gentle form of treatment, osteopathy can benefit most types of aches, pains and strains in people of every age, from babies to the elderly. Particularly children with speech disorders/difficulties, children with scoliosis, young babies after a difficult labour, with colic or sleep disorders, pregnant and postnatal women with any musculo-skeletal discomfort, anxiety or breathing difficulties

What to expect from an osteopathic consultation?

During your first consultation, which will usually be one hour, we will go through a full case history to try and find the cause of your discomfort.

You will then be examined, first to diagnose your problem, second to exclude any conditions that would need further investigations and finally, to make a treatment plan.

Having made a diagnosis, we will treat you using the most appropriate technique to suit you and your pain, whilst making sure you understand what your treatment will involve.

What kind of techniques?

A variety of techniques are used depending on the individual situation but may include any of the following:

  • Deep tissue massage.
  • Gentle mobilisation of the arms, legs and/or trunk. The osteopath guides the body through movements, supporting without ever forcing the tissues. This technique can release frozen shoulder or stiffness due to scar adhesion.
  • Adjustment, which produces a nerve reflex response that relaxes all attaching muscles, usually making movement much easier afterwards.
  • Articulation, this method uses rhythmic movement and stretching to relax tense soft tissue.
  • Acupuncture is used for both pain relief and for relaxing an area so that manipulation can be carried out.
  • Cranio-sacral technique – this technique aims to make sure that the Cerebral Spinal Fluid is able to travel through the brain and spinal cord freely without blockages, by gentle manipulation of areas where CSF blockage is thought to be present. This is a very gentle hands-on technique that usually involves holding the head, neck and lower end of the spine. As it is such a gentle treatment it is particularly helpful with new born babies after long and complicated deliveries, or those with colic or sleep disorders. It is also wonderful to use with pregnant women or very sensitive patients. It works extremely well and patients report considerable satisfaction after just one or two treatments.

What conditions respond to osteopathy?

Neck and shoulder pain, including frozen shoulder,
Lower back pain and sciatica,
Migraine, headaches, dizziness and vertigo
Arthritis,
Repetitive strain injury (tennis elbow, golfers elbow),
Children with speech disorders/difficulties,
Children with scoliosis,
Issues for young babies after a difficult labour, colic and sleep disorders,
Issues in pregnancy and the postnatal period such as musculo-skeletal discomfort, anxiety, breathing difficulties

Boniface Verney Carron