Human-Skeleton-3DWhat is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is an established, recognised system of diagnosis and treatment, complementary to other medical practices.

It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms.

They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.

What can I expect on my first visit to an osteopath?

At the first consultation, the osteopath will compile a full case history of your symptoms, as well as asking for information about your lifestyle and diet.  The osteopath may also observe you making some simple movements to help them make a diagnosis. You will usually be asked to remove some clothing near the area of the body to be examined.

Osteopaths are trained to examine areas of the body using a highly-developed sense of touch, known as palpation, to determine conditions and identify the body’s points of weakness or excessive strain.  Osteopathy is a ‘package’ of care that includes skilled mobilising and manipulative techniques, reinforced by guidance on diet and exercise.

The osteopath will discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition effectively.  If the osteopath thinks that your condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment, you will be advised about how to seek further care.

Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP.

Conditions treated by osteopaths.

People seek osteopaths for:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis/Golfer elbow
  • Headaches
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Ankle and foot pain
  • Shoulder and arm pain
  • Sport Injuries
  • Changes to posture in pregnancy
  • Postural problems

For more information: http://www.osteopathy.org.uk/

See our therapist Elisa Dispenza.