What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and treatment that works with the structure and function of the body. Osteopaths work to restore your body back to a state of balance where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopathy tries to address the whole person to remedy the root cause of pain and dysfunction in the body. It is based on the principle that the well-being of the individual is based on good skeletal, muscle, ligament and nervous system integrity.
How does Osteopathy work?
Osteopaths use massage, joint mobilization and manipulation in order to restore lost function back to an area that is struggling to heal itself. Osteopathic technique increases blood and nerve flow to an area as well as helping venous and lymphatic drainage. When balance is restored the body has the ability to heal itself. Osteopaths will also advise on exercises, stretches and lifestyle to help improve your ability to heal faster.
Who and what do osteopaths treat?
Osteopath’s patients include the young, seniors, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back and neck pain, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, arthritis, sports injuries, traumas, overuse/repetitive sprains/strains and age related changes. Some of the common things osteopaths treat are listed below:
- Disc and facet joint problems in the back and neck
- Rotator cuff and frozen shoulder
- Tennis and Golfers elbow
- Ankle sprains and calf tears
- Neck tension/pain
- Patellofemoral pain (runners knee), ITB syndrome
- Ligament sprains and tendinopathies
- Hip muscle strains