Osteopathy is a science that diagnoses the cause of pain or restricted movement by assessing how the body moves. Osteopathy dates back to the 19th century. It recognises the importance of the link between the structure of the body and the way in which it functions. By assessing the body in both postural and mechanical movements, diagnosis and treatment can be established. This aids the body through a natural and drug free healing process.
As an osteopath I use manipulation, mobilisation, soft tissue and stretching techniques to help the body heal.
Osteopathy became the first complementary healthcare profession to be accorded statutory recognition under the 1993 Osteopath Act. Osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GoSC).
Naturopathy is a technique that complements osteopathy by assessing lifestyle, including diet and exercise. Different forms of hydrotherapy support the techniques used by the osteopath to assist in the healing process.
Advise to support treatment is also given, especially exercises and diet to help reduce pain, common for back pain and posture changes.
What Conditions Can it Help?
The most common conditions that I treat are:
foot and ankle pain
pelvis, hip and leg problems
hand and elbow pain
sports and other injuries
pregnancy and post pregnancy back care