What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a safe, non-invasive form of hands-on therapy that is gentle yet effective. Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine that involves diagnosing, treating and preventing various medical conditions originating in the patient’s musculoskeletal system. The body has its own self-healing and osteopaths assist in this process by working to restore the state of balance by affecting the lymphatic, circulatory and nervous systems.

What to expect?

We diagnose the problem that patients present with by listening to their story and taking a comprehensive medical history. We then look at their posture and movement, as well as considering other medical investigations that patients have undergone, such as X-Rays and scans. We then develop a personalised treatment plan suited to each particular patient in order to help them achieve their goals.

Osteopaths use a wide range of manual techniques to help restore health. These include passive joint articulations, massage, stretching, muscle energy techniques and manipulations. More subtle techniques such as cranial work are also used to positively affect the body.

What I treat?

Almost everyone is suitable for osteopathic treatment. I treat patients of all ages from tiny babies to the elderly; patients who are training for ultra-endurance events to those who are desk bound.

Conditions that patients present with include:

  • Pregnancy related postural changes and associated pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain (including sciatica)
  • Jaw pain
  • Tennis/golfers elbow
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Hip/knee pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sports Injuries

Proactive Pregnancy

Osteopaths love treating pregnant women.

Pregnancy is such a special time in a woman’s life, during which her body undergoes a tremendous change to accommodate the growing baby. Consequently lower back pain and pelvic girdle pain are very common complaints. Whilst weight gain and postural changes are easy to see, the balance and alignment of the musculoskeletal system are also affected by the less obvious effects of the hormonal softening of ligaments.

Including osteopathy as part of your prenatal care can be hugely beneficial in helping create an optimal environment for your body to adapt and cope through pregnancy and labour and into motherhood, allowing for better postnatal recovery. Receiving regular treatment to support you through the changes is easier than trying to fix a well-established problem.