Osteopathy

The maintenance of optimal mechanical function is essential to good health. Anything that disrupts the balanced interaction of the muscles, joints, ligaments, etc which make up the framework of the body can disturb the circulatory system or nerve supply to any part of the body, and may adversely affect health. This may cause symptoms such as joint or muscle pain, or disturbances in the internal organs and how they function.

There are various possible causes of problems within the body’s framework – physical strain or injury, illness, emotional stress, lifestyle, or the accumulation of the negative effects of different events during that person’s life.

When a person is healthy they should be able to respond to any of the above events and recover fully from them afterwards. If the smooth running of the body’s framework and the balance between body and mind has been disturbed, they may deal with the particular event that is affecting them, but they may not recover to optimum health afterwards. Over a period of time a series of such events may result in impaired health.

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment concerned with assessing the body framework, forming a diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan to help restore that person to their optimum health.
Osteopathy treatment may be used for people of all ages with a wide variety of conditions such as neck or back pain, muscular or ligamentous strains, or painful knees, hips, shoulders, etc. It is also suitable for pregnant women, babies and children.

Treatment given may include

 

  • soft tissue work
  • mobilisation
  • manipulation
  • cranial osteopathy
  • electrotherapy (ultrasound, power-assisted micro-manipulation (PAM))
  • postural advice
  • exercise

Osteopathy is regulated by The General Osteopathic Council (GOSc) which was established under the Osteopaths Act 1993 to regulate, promote and develop the osteopathic profession in the UK, maintaining a Statutory Register of those entitled to practise osteopathy. The title of Osteopath is protected by law and can only legally be used by anyone meeting the required standards for registration. Patients can feel reassured that when they consult an osteopath they are seeing a skilled, registered professional.

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