Osteopathy finely tunes body
structure to restore the muscles, joints and ligaments
to a state of balance. This restoration of balance and
maintenance of good structure and therefore function is
essential for symptomatic relief.
Osteopathy can help patients of all ages and degrees of
fitness to achieve relief from pain and stiffness,
whether recent or longstanding. Most of the techniques
are very gentle and are always tailored to ensure
patient comfort, effectiveness and safety.
There are two main types of osteopathy, cranial and structural.
Cranial’ Osteopathy uses a gentle approach on people of all ages, and is the preferred choice for babies, young children and sensitive adults. It uses very light touch to encourage adults, children and babies to relax.
Many parents bring their children in for Cranial Osteopathy that have been recommended it by family or friends. Some mid-wives and health visitors can also recommend parents see a cranial Osteopath.
Structural’ Structural' Osteopathy uses a variety of manipulative techniques. This approach is mostly used on adults and older children. Some typical problems that may be treated are:
Generalised aches and pains
Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
General, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)
Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)
Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic) / migraine prevention
Frozen shoulder / shoulder and elbow pain / tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
Joint pains, lumbago
Inability to relax
Minor sports/dance injuries and tensions