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Osteopaths

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Osteopaths are skilled in assessing the mechanics of the whole body, in particular the spine. We help people of all ages with manual therapy to relieve bodily stress and tension caused by back and joint pain, muscular strains, aching hips and knees, tendonitis, repetitive strain injuries, abdominal tension, chest tension, tight neck and shoulders, and postural fatigue all of which can lead to general ill health. We help babies and young children with bodily tension which may have been caused by birth difficulties, hearing difficulties, digestive problems and emotional stress.

What to expect

On your first visit the osteopath will take a detailed medical history from you followed by a careful examination. You may be asked to undress to your underwear, but if you are uncomfortable with this please let us know, as you can be treated wearing loose clothing.

The examination will include a postural assessment, which will involve asking you to make various movements, we might check your reflexes, and we will physically examine the area of pain or injury.

The osteopath will make a diagnosis of the cause of the symptoms using the information you provide and the clinical examination, to understand why those symptoms have developed. If there is some clinical doubt regarding your diagnosis, your Osteopath may refer you to your GP for X-rays, or MRI scans.

Treatment

This will vary according to the needs of the patient. Treatment methods consist of varied techniques including muscular and soft tissue relaxation, bony manipulation and articulation techniques, and very gently applied methods used by Cranial Osteopaths, depending on individual patients’ problems.

You will be given an idea of how long it may take your injury to respond, and if there is any long-term weakness. Each person responds differently to treatment, so sometimes we will have more idea of this after the first treatment.

Advancing years are often accompanied by various health problems :

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Arthritic pain due to degeneration of cartilage joint surfaces, can occur in many of the joints in the body with the spine, hips and knees often the most debilitating. Gentle manipulative osteopathic treatment can aid circulation to the joint, improving mobility which may slow further deterioration. If replacement surgery is eventually needed, osteopathic treatment before and afterwards can improve health of connective tissues around the joint which may help towards a swifter recovery. Regular osteopathic treatment aimed at improving lymphatic drainage can help arthritic pain.

Heart disease & lung problems may be aggravated by tension in the chest. Chest muscles tighten when we are worried or under stress, reducing chest expansion during breathing and constricting the heart and lungs. Gentle osteopathic treatment aims to release this tension and encourage and help towards improved breathing.

Falls are more likely as we get older. With increasing age, the body tissues lose some of their flexibility and elasticity and do not recover as quickly from trauma. This imparts lasting strains in the body, which can not only aggravate existing problems, but also predispose to other illnesses. Osteopathy can be effective at releasing the residual strains and tensions from past incidents, which allows the body to function more efficiently.