*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
? 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...