Associated Contemporary Therapists53 The Parade, Roath
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*What is osteopathy? Generally osteopaths focus on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation primarily of musculoskeletal disorders. Osteopaths are trained to use palpation (a highly-developed sense of touch) to assess the condition of the musculoskeletal system, looking for areas of weakness /imbalance /excessive strain which are then treated to create the perfect condition to facilitate the healing process. Treatments would generally involve soft-tissue massage and stretching, joint mobilisation and (where appropriate) manipulation, followed by gentle exercises to do at home, and postural /lifestyle advice. Treatments are tailor-made for the individual and their current condition, and appropriate techniques are chosen (eg modified for elderly /frail /osteoporotic patients). *What conditions can osteopathy help with? ? Back pain ? Neck pain ? Spondylitis /Spondylosis ? Sport /work-related injuries ? Arthritis /Rheumatism ? Whiplash injuries ? Postural /stress-related back, neck and shoulder pain ? Trapped nerves ? ?Sciatica? ? Joint pain /injuries (cartilage /tendon /ligament) ? ?Frozen shoulder? ? ?Tennis /Golfers elbow? ? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ? Repetitive Strain Injury ? Headaches /Migraines ? Plantar Fascitis ? Pregnancy Care ? TMJ /Jaw pain *What should I expect? The initial consultation usually takes 45mins-1hour during which time your osteopath will: ? Take a full medical case history ? Give you a thorough examination including assessing your posture, gentle movements, orthopaedic and neurological tests, reflexes and blood pressure as necessary ? Discuss with you your diagnosis and treatment options ? Proceed with treatment /refer you for further investigation if necessary During the consultation your osteopath will fully explain your diagnosis, treatment options /plan, how long expected recovery time is, advise you on appropriate exercises /lifestyle changes /hydrotherapy, and what to expect a...
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