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  • About Osteopathy

    Osteopathy is an established recognised system of diagnosis and treatment. The main emphasis is on the structural and functional integrity of the body. It recognises that much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structure, as well as damage caused to it by disease.

    Structural Osteopathy

    Structural osteopathy is often thought of as only for ‘backs’. As osteopaths we can work on almost all joints of the body. The term osteopathy implies that we deal only with bones and joints but encompasses muscular, ligament and tendon problems. By looking at how you use your body during day to day work, home and leisure activities we can build a picture of the stresses and strains your body is exposed to and then look structurally at how ‘fit for purpose’ it is to manage those tasks. We will then assess the local problem but also your general mobility and strength to then build a picture of what is causing the symptoms you have, why and what can be done physically by us with treatment and lifestyle advice and specifically tailored exercise to strengthen, stretch the relevant areas that could be functionally improved.

    Treatment is usually gentle and depending on the problem, we will use a variety of techniques in the session to work on decreasing symptoms and improving function. This can involve working into muscles to relax them or help build and stretch them to a range of articulatory techniques to improve the mobility of joints, both in the spine and elsewhere. Some ‘clicking’ of joints may be suggested and used if appropriate, in consultation with the patient, but this is only one small part of osteopathic treatment.

  • Osteopathic treatment can help with a wide variety of conditions, including the following:

    • Backache
    • Back pain
    • Headache
    • Neck pain
    • Joint and muscle strain
    • Sports Injuries
    • Pregnancy related pain
    • Postural changes during pregnancy
    • Post surgery
    • Sciatica
    • Arthritic Pain
    • Repetitive strain injury
    Please contact us for more detailed advice and information on your specific problem.

Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy is a subtle form of Osteopathic diagnosis and treatment which uses gentle manipulative pressure at various points throughout the body.

An Osteopath feels for very subtle rhythms that occur in all the body tissues, referred to as the ‘cranial rhythm’. It takes many years of training for an Osteopath to feel these rhythms. Often concentrating on the head (cranium) and tailbone (sacrum), an Osteopath can detect accumulated stresses in the body.

These are thought to occur due to imbalance of the body functions, many disease states, physical and emotional trauma. Both osteopaths work cranially on a wide range of problems and age groups, from babies to adults.

Osteopathy was the first complementary therapy to receive statutory regulation by Parliament. The British Medical Association (BMA) supported the state registration of Osteopaths.

All Osteopaths at The Practice are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).

Osteopathy, like dentistry, can be given independently or in conjunction with your GP. The majority of Osteopathic patients self refer.

All Osteopaths must have full public liability insurance.