Our practitioners specialise in techniques that include Applied Kinesiology and Cranial Osteopathy, and we receive a lot of recommendations based on our individual and effective approach to assessment and treatment.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment that lays its main emphasis on the structural and mechanical problems of the body. It is concerned with the body’s framework and how it functions, as this is crucial to the overall function and health of a person.
Osteopathy can be immensely helpful to people with problems that originate or are reflected in the musculo-skeletal system of the body.
Osteopathic treatments vary depending on the individual and their presenting complaint. Various treatment methods are integrated to suit the patient's needs.
The initial consultation includes a full case history, a thorough structural assessment and some treatment. Treatment may include deep soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation and manipulation, postural advice and the prescription of exercises to maintain flexibility, range of movement and strength. Follow-up treatments last 30-45 minutes; the number of treatments often depends on how long the problem has been there and how severe it is. Two or three treatments are sufficient for many conditions.
How to deal with back pain
- If you have back pain, see an osteopath sooner rather than later
- Hours in one position can cause problems – avoid ‘computer hump’
- During repetitive tasks, vary your rhythm and take frequent breaks
- Adjust car seats and, on long journeys, take regular breaks to stretch
- Pace yourself with heavy work like gardening – don’t ‘risk a disc’
- Watch children’s posture – they shouldn’t carry bags on one shoulder
- During pregnancy, see an osteopath to help your body adjust to changes
- Avoid strain when lifting (particularly small children and shopping)
- Take regular exercise – your osteopath can help you find what’s right for you
- If symptoms do not clear up within a few days, consult your osteopath for advice and treatment
- If it hurts, don’t do it!