What Is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and manual treatment. It is recognised by the British Medical Association as a discrete clinical discipline. In 1993, osteopathy became the first major complementary health care profession to be accorded statutory recognition under the 1993 Osteopaths Act.
Osteopaths diagnose and treat problems within the body’s ‘framework’. They recognise that much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body’s structure, as well as from damage caused to it by disease.
Osteopaths use many of the diagnostic procedures seen in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis but, significantly, also assess a patient from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint. The osteopath then uses manual methods, which he or she applies to treat the needs of the individual patient. These manual techniques may include muscle and connective tissue stretching, rhythmic joint movements or high velocity thrust techniques, to improve the range of movement of a joint.
Who might benefit from Osteopathy?
The most common conditions treated are low back pain, whether acute or chronic, mid-thoracic (general back pain), neck pain, including whiplash, shoulder and arm pain. Also treated are headaches and peripheral joint pain, as in knee, ankle, wrist or elbow pain, pain and discomfort that arises from repeated occupational stresses, such as RSI, or other demanding occupations like building work, plumbing and electrical work. The root cause of pain may be an episode that occurred many years ago. A trauma can sometimes be only partially resolved and lead to postural adaptations that may result in painful symptoms later in life.
A patient suffers an accident which requires an operation. This operation affects the length of one leg. This may lead to a spinal adaptation which could lead to low back pain and/or sciatica or neck pain.
The body is surprisingly adept at coping with problems. Structurally it does its best to achieve a balance. A body in balance functions efficiently, easily dealing with external pressures and stresses. If that balance is lost then the whole system can fall prey to unpleasant symptoms such as pain, chronic fatigue, difficulty coping, tension, insomnia, menstrual or menopausal problems.
How Can I as an, Osteopath, Help You?
I am a member of The General Council and Register of Osteopaths (GCRO), formed in 1993, which sets standards of training and practice. The onset of pain can be confusing, upsetting and even frightening. People often have no idea why it has occurred. I help ascertain why pain has come about and work out a programme to remedy the situation. I have solved many a mystery over the last thirty plus years! I use my training and skill to assess the mechanics of the whole body, in particular the spine. I use a variety of manipulative treatments to restore a state of balance and ease to the movement and function of the spine, although I treat most of the joints in the body.
Any Questions? If in doubt do not hesitate to give me a call or leave a comment below. I am happy to advise you as to whether Osteopathy is appropriate for treating your particular condition.