Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment that maximises body mechanics to achieve optimum health. Osteopaths undergo 4 to 5 years of training and like physiotherapists, study pathology, anatomy and physiology as well as having a good knowledge of general medicine. As a result we have a depth of education and experience that is appropriate so we know when to refer back to your GP when required. It is hands on and uses various massage techniques to joint articulations and manipulations to improve the functioning of the body. I also use Ultrasound.
More commonly patients present with muscular and joint problems but we also treat visceral problems such as IBS, asthma, menopausal problems and infertility.
Conditions commonly treated include:
- Neck pain
- Back pain (causes ranging from simple muscle strains to disc hernias and/or disc prolapse)
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- TMJ pain (pain on chewing etc.)
- Frozen Shoulder
- An array of Sports Injuries
- Pelvic Pain
- Carpal Tunnel
Your first Treatment
Your first treatment will take approximately 60 minutes and your osteopath will take a comprehensive history followed by her/him making a thorough physical examination and treatment. Sometimes one treatment is suffice but usually people require and/or prefer a number of sessions to remedy thier injury or injuries.
Patients maybe referred by their GP or other health practitioners but this is not necessary.