If any of the following are stopping you from living a full and active life, osteopathy will be able to help you.
- Back Pain – Are you having difficulty when bending, lifting and twisting during easy everyday tasks, or perhaps you are feeling referred pain in your buttocks, legs or feet?
- Neck Pain – Do you have referred pain in your head or shoulders, find it difficult turning your head when driving, or are you experiencing pins and needles down your arms?
- Sports Injuries – Have you got muscle strains, joint sprains, difficulty with your golf swing or tennis elbow?
- Ageing Related Pain – Are you suffering with osteoarthritis or joint restrictions, and perhaps have difficulty lifting or playing with your grandchildren?
- Childhood Pains – Do you experience growth spurt pains, Osgood Schlatter disease, glue ear, etc.?
- Pregnancy Related Pain – As a mum-to-be are you having difficulty with pain in your pelvic joints, upper or lower back?
What is Osteopathy?
There is no officially agreed definition of what osteopathy actually is, indeed most in the osteopathy profession believe that to define it is to put boundaries and limitations on something that cannot be restricted in such a way.
What is generally accepted is that osteopathy is:
“A holistic form of manual therapy which helps the body to be more able to heal itself, restoring its balance without the use of drugs or surgery where possible. It is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a huge array of disorders and conditions based upon the fundamental principles created by the founder of osteopathy Dr. Andrew Taylor Still.”
What Osteopaths do
Osteopaths adopt a holistic approach to treatment and aim to return the body to optimum performance and what is normal for each patient. Much like a well oiled machine, when the body is structurally balanced and efficient it will function with the minimum of wear and tear, leaving more energy for living. The focus of treatment is not just to target the symptoms alone but to treat the parts of the body that have been the cause of the symptoms.
An osteopath must study their undergraduate degree for a minimum of four years to qualify. This is similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal treatments, including over a thousand hours of osteopathic technique training. All osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).