What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a hands on method of treating a range of musculo-skeletal problems. Osteopathy aims to improve mobility, relax muscular patterns, restore joint function and improve drainage to areas whose function has been compromised. Any problem with the musculo-skeletal framework can have knock-on effects on neighbouring organs and tissues. Osteopathy aims to maximise the bodys ability to heal itself.
Osteopathic treatment involves manual techniques which can range from the almost imperceptible cranial Osteopathic techniques, through soft tissue stretches, muscle energy, inhibitory techniques onto articulatory and manipulative techniques (or HVT techniques which are the infamous clicking of joints)

Typical problems that patients present with are:

·       chronic and acute low back pain with or without sciatica

·       general arthritic pain including hip and knee

·       neck pain-with/without radiating arm pain/numbness/pins and needles

·       adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)

·       migraines and headaches-cervicogenic origin

·       pregnancy related postural problems and the muscular effects of this

·       tennis elbow

·       plantar fasciitis

·       conditions associated with rapid musculo skeletal growth i.e. osgood schlatters

·       musculo-skeletal conditions/tensions associated with respiratory illnesses