Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for various medical conditions, based on the principle of skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together
Your tissues require a good blood and nerve supply to remain healthy. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension, improve blood circulation and ensure nerves are not impinged as they leave the spinal column and travel through the body's tissues. This approach can kickstart and accelerate your body’s own healing mechanisms, alleviate symptoms and help promote long-term health. We may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery and prevent symptoms recurring.
The most common conditions that we treat are:
- Back and neck pain – often caused by bad posture from prolonged computer use
- Shoulder and arm pain
- Pelvis, hip and leg problems
- Knee pain
- Sports injuries
You may get immediate relief from pain after treatment but unless the predisposing and maintaining factors are discussed and identified, the pain is likely to return. We can help you to identify and address these factors, through education, exercise and check-ups.
Osteopaths train for a minimum of four years and have to demonstrate to their registering body – the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) – that they are a safe and competent practitioner. They also have to carry out continuing professional development in order to stay registered. Osteopaths are required by law to be both registered and insured.