What is Osteotherapy?
Osteopathy is a safe and effective approach to health care. It is considered to be complementary and not an alternative to conventional medical care.
Osteopathy focuses on the musculo-skeletal system (the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues) and the way in which this inter-relates with the body as a whole.
Osteopathy treats people of all ages, including sports people, the elderly, pregnant women, babies and children.
Osteopathy can help the following symptoms and problems:
However patients have found osteopathy helpful for many other conditions. If you want to find out more, an osteopath will be happy to talk to you.
Osteopaths use their hands both to discover the underlying causes of pain and to carry out treatment using a variety of manipulative techniques.
These may include soft tissue stretching, rhythmic passive joint movements or high velocity thrust techniques to improve the range of movement of a joint.
Gentle release techniques are often used, particularly when treating children or elderly patients.
When you visit us for the first time, a full medical history will be taken and you will be given a thorough physical examination, e.g. check your reflexes, take your blood pressure and refer you for further tests such as X-rays, if we think you need them.
As with any medical examination, you will probably be asked to undress to your underwear, so please wear something you are comfortable in. If you wish, you can have someone present through-out your consultation and treatment.
The NICE (National Institute For clinical Excellence) - Guideline in May 2009 recommends Osteopathy in the early management of persistent non-specific low back pain.
A medical research council trail comparing treatment options for lower back pain found that spinal manipulation, added to GP care, is clinically effective and the most cost efficient option for patients