Osteopathy is a modern form of healthcare, involving highly skilled diagnosis and treatment, supported by practical lifestyle advice to enable patients to maintain optimum physical health. It recognises the importance of the link between the structure of the human body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on the body’s skeleton and joint function along with the underlying muscles, soft tissue and internal organs.
Osteopaths consider each person as an individual. Utilising a highly developed sense of touch, they 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.
Treatment usually consists of a combination of soft-tissue releasing techniques, and some specific adjustments affecting joints and muscles, tendons and ligaments. Advice can also be given on self-help treatments. Treatments and treatment plans are always discussed with the patient before hand to make sure that the patient remains informed and comfortable.
Cranial osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that can also encourage the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head. 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.
Pregnancy and Osteopathy
This type of osteopathy is available for expectant mothers. Please see ‘Maternity and Infant Care’ for details.