Osteopathy

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Osteopathy is classed as a primary care profession, focussing on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders and the effects of these conditions on patients’ general health. It is a popular treatment with around 30,000 people currently consulting osteopaths every working day* and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) now recommends it as an effective treatment for back pain.

An osteopath will use many diagnostic procedures that are also applied in conventional medical assessment to identify the underlying mechanical, structural and functional imbalances.
Osteopathy recognises that most pain and disability stems from abnormalities in our body’s structure and function. It’s main strength lies in the unique way the patients is assessed holistically from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint, seeking to restore the optimal functioning of the body, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. A person’s medical history, lifestyle and personal circumstances are all considered in the treatment.
Osteopathy is based on the principle that the body has the ability to heal itself, and osteopathic care focuses on strengthening the musculoskeletal system to treat existing conditions and to prevent illness.
Treatment is aimed at improving mobility and/or reducing inflammation by using gentle osteopathic techniques on joints, muscles and ligaments. When the body is balanced and working efficiently, it will  function with the minimum wear and tear, leaving more energy for living.
Cranial osteopathy is another type of osteopathic technique developed by Dr William Sutherland in the 1930’s as an extension of traditional osteopathic techniques. Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle rhythm (the cranial rhythm) that is present in all body tissues (it’s existence was confirmed in a series of laboratory tests in the 1960’s and 70’s).
Physical or emotional tension can disrupt the cranial rhythm, causing tissues in the body to tighten. This can often lead to accumulated stress and symptoms can develop. A cranial osteopath uses gentle pressure from the hands/fingers to release these tensions and because it’s so gentle, it’s excellent for babies, children and the elderly, it’s also effective for sports injuries.