What is Osteopathy
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment that lays its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. It is distinctive in the fact that it recognises that much of the pain and disability we suffer from stems from abnormalities in the function and mobility of the body.
Osteopaths work with their hands, using a wide variety of techniques. These include soft tissue techniques, joint manipulation, or manipulative techniques, functional techniques and mussel energy techniques; all of which are employed to improve joint mobility. Some may employ cranial techniques, especially useful in treating babies and children. (see Cranial Osteopathy)
Osteopathy is commonly assumed to work on “bad backs”, and although it is true that a majority of patients present with such a complaint, osteopaths are trained to work on the whole body from the toes to the head. And osteopaths treat all ages, from the neonate to those individuals enjoying receding youth.
Osteopathy can be used to help ease the pain of a wide range of complaints; sports injuries; work related postural problems; discomfort during pregnancy; may be of help with the pains as a result results of falls and road traffic incidents for example; sciatica; “frozen shoulder”; carpel tunnel syndrome; plantar fasciitis and many, many more.