What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a safe and natural health care system, which focuses on the musculo-skeletal system (bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons). It combines scientific knowledge of anatomy, physiology and clinical methods of investigation with detailed examination using the hands. Regulated by the General Osteopathic Council, all Osteopaths must undergo intensive training and adhere to strict legal guidelines.
Osteopathy is used to treat many causes of pain and imbalance from tendonitis to joint and muscle inflammation, which can arise from conditions such as Osteoarthritis, sports injuries, postural imbalances or simple unexplained muscle spasm. However, as well as treating the symptomatic area, I find and treat the underlying cause of pain to help prevent symptoms reoccurring.
This area may not be at the site of pain, but in another area entirely, causing a functional imbalance. Treatment can involve deep tissue massage, mobilisation of the joints, trigger point therapy and joint manipulation. Advice on posture, exercise, diet and lifestyle are also part of the treatment and are tailor made for the individual.
Cranial Osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of Osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stress and tensions throughout the body. It is a gentle, yet extremely effective approach and may be used in a wide range of conditions for people of all ages, from birth to old age.