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Osteopathy is a highly effective system of manual medicine that focuses primarily on the musculo-skeletal system (bones and muscles). Osteopaths work to rebalance the structure and function of the body, not simply treating the presenting problem but looking holistically at all the factors contributing to the body’s state of disturbed health. For example, a lower back pain may actually be caused by poor foot mechanics.
Osteopaths facilitate self healing. As A.T.Still, the founder of osteopathy, stated “The body has its own medicine chest” and the body inherently strives to heal itself. Sometimes it just needs a little help! For example, if you hurt your back badly the muscles spasm and prevent movement. This protects it from further injury but prevents it from healing, as the lack of movement inhibits a good blood supply to the injured joint. An osteopath will work on the soft tissues and articulate the joint to allow better movement and blood supply for self healing.
Treatment therefore will aim to relieve pain, improve function and promote healing. It will also help to reduce the likelihood of the problem recurring. The Osteopath will explain their findings so you understand why your body is not healing of its own accord.
Structural Osteopaths use their hands to identify abnormalities in the structure and function of a body, and to assess areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction or strain.
They will usually start treatment by releasing and relaxing muscles and articulating stiff joints, using gentle massage and rhythmic techniques. If it is deemed necessary by the Osteopath and the patient is compliant some joint manipulation techniques may be performed.
Cranial osteopathy is an extremely gentle but profoundly effective form of treatment. The name is deceptive, as the gentle rebalancing techniques can be applied to every part of the body.
Cranial Osteopathy has developed form the discovery that a small amount of movement exists within the human skull. From this, an approach to diagnosis and treatment has evolved in which the Osteopath’s highly trained sense of touch is used to identify and correct disturbances and limitations of tissue mobility, not only in and around the joints of the skull, but throughout the body.
The technical approach used involves extremely gentle, but specifically applied adjustments to the movements of the body tissues. Treatment aims to re-establish the body’s own self-healing and self-regulating ability so health can be maintained.
It is essentially a very safe method of diagnosis and treatment for the whole body. The gentle, cranial approach is suitable for people of all ages, especially babies, children and the elderly, but is also appropriate for many patients in conjunction with more structural techniques.
I treat cranially and structurally and will pick the best type of treatment to help your problem.
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