OsteopathyMany of my patients who come to see me just think that I only treat backs.  Thankfully, after their initial appointment, they realise that Osteopaths can do so much more.

Osteopathy can treat and manage a variety of issues, pain or discomfort where it relates to the soft tissues, including bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue.

Whilst, primarily, many people come to see an osteopath for conditions such as back and shoulder pain, problems with the hips and legs, and sports injuries, osteopathy can certainly help people with a wide variety of issues such as headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, discomfort during pregnancy and tennis elbow to name but a few.

The Whole Body

OsteopathyDuring our extensive training, we learn to look at your body as a whole, and not just at the part of you that hurts.

For example, a pain in your knee could be the result of an imbalance in your pelvis.  In this case, if we just treated your knee symptoms, they would keep coming back as the underlying problem had not been addressed.

The great thing about osteopathy is that we treat the whole person and like to get to the cause of your symptoms.  Often symptoms are exacerbated by other factors, such as your working posture or stress.  During your appointment an osteopath will also advise you on ways to minimalise these factors where possible, and thus improve your health.

In fact, looking and detecting for dysfunction in all areas of the body is what we are trained to do.

Osteopathy is a safe, effective and drug-free approach to musculoskeletal healthcare.  Osteopaths review the body as a whole unit and don’t just assess the site of your pain.   The actual treatment, too, is not focused directly on the site of pain but on the cause of the pain.

 

The Osteopathic treatment approach is guided by four principles

  1. The body is a unit – this means that the body is a highly integrated machine where you need all parts working together.
  2. The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms  – the body has an inherent capacity to defend, repair, and remodel itself, although sometimes it needs a little bit of assistance.
  3. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated – this means if you change the structure, the function will change. For example, if you roll your ankle and you continue to run, it may change the way you run. This in turn may put different loads on structures that are not normally used, possibly resulting in injury.
  4. Rational therapy is based on consideration of the first three principles – Osteopathy combines the first three principles to assess your complaint and guide your treatment plan and approach.

Many people are unaware that Osteopaths are healthcare practitioners and identify health conditions that may require medical referral.

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