Osteopathy is based on the principle that the structure and function of the body are intimately related. If the structure is not balanced and healthy then the function is affected. Osteopaths focus on the body’s skeleton and joint function along with the underlying muscles, soft tissue and internal organs.
As treatment we utilise a range of techniques including physical manipulation, stretching and massage, and other gentle techniques such as cranial. Osteopathic patients range from babies to older people and pregnant women, and osteopathic techniques are suitable for children at all stages of development.
Osteopaths consider each person as an individual. Utilising a highly developed sense of touch, they can identify problem areas of the body. Using gentle stretching and mobilising techniques as well as manipulating joints, an osteopath works with the body to create the perfect conditions to facilitate the healing process.
The osteopathic healthcare approach that provides a package of care that usually includes manual therapy, health information, self-management advice and support, and/or exercise therapy, as determined by the individual needs of the patient.
Our bodies undergo strains and stresses from a very early age onwards: The school child carries heavy school bags, the student spends long hours hunched over the laptop peering at low level screens. Driving to work and long hours at a desk increase the pains begun as a student. Sports people push their bodies to the limit and over-stretch their ligaments and tendons. A woman’s body changes during pregnancy as ligaments soften, weight increases and posture changes, which can lead to additional pressure on joints in various parts of the body. In old age our joints stiffen and our circulation slows.
Some of these postural changes can lead our bodies to compensate by using other areas differently. Stiffness or restricted mobility in the pelvis, spine, rib cage, shoulders and neck can make it difficult to compensate for a hunch or limp and aching or pain may result. These are the types of changes and activities that lead to long or short term discomfort and pain which osteopathy can help with.
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