Osteopathy is a safe, gentle and effective form of manual therapy, which involves treatment of the joints, muscles, ligaments and all surrounding structures. We aim to relieve pain and discomfort, by using ‘hands on’ techniques to diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems. Our aim also is to increase the quality and range of movement in the body, to enhance the health and well being of all of our patients. Osteopathic techniques used by our experienced practitioners include soft tissue work, stretching, articulation, mobilisation of joints, balancing ligamentous tension, Osteopathy in the cranial field and and myofascial dry needling. Occasionally, adverse reactions, such as tenderness, may occur following osteopathic treatment.
Osteopathic treatment is based on a detailed understanding of anatomy, biomechanics and reflexes of the musculoskeletal system.
The Osteopathic philosophy is to look at the person as one unit, or as a whole, therefore treatment aims to improve function of the whole body and doesn’t address only the presenting signs and symptoms. Treatment helps to stimulate the body’s own self-regulating or self-healing mechanisms, aiding the body to return to optimal health.
Through effective Osteopathic treatment, our practitioners aim to allow our patients to lead a fuller and healthier life.
What happens during your first appointment?
During your initial consultation, many questions will be asked about your presenting symptoms and a thorough medical history will be taken by your Osteopath. Orthopaedic, neurological and other system examinations may be used to help assess and diagnose each patient, and if necessary, referral to other health care providers may be required. Your Osteopath will observe your posture and ask you to perform some simple movements to help assess how your body is functioning and why you are experiencing symptoms. Factors which may be affecting your overall wellbeing, like stress, your exercise regime, diet, and occupation are also taken into consideration.
Please bring with you any x-rays, ultrasound, CT and MRI scans, with their accompanying reports or any other test results that you may feel appropriate for the Osteopath to assess your condition.
Your initial consultation may last up to one hour as it includes a thorough history and examination as well as treatment. Follow up consultations are up to 30 minutes.