The body is like an engine - when it is in balance and correctly adjusted, it will function better and have more energy with minimal wear and tear. Occasionally injuries, constant use or conditions such as arthritis can adversely affect the muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints to cause pain and restrict movement and use, sometimes in a completely different part of the body.
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment aimed at reducing these aches and pains felt throughout the body, thereby improving the overall workings of the joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons to enable your body to work in equilibrium again.
Osteopathic philosophy is a holistic approach to health, and stresses the importance of the musculoskeletal system in a person's health and well-being. The aim of treatment is to support the body's self-healing mechanism. Osteopathy involves soft tissue work, stretching and manipulation of the bones and muscles to help achieve this.
Low back pain along with poor posture is the most common problem due to hectic lifestyles. However, patients have also reported that Osteopathy has helped with general maintenance of the whole body i.e. Neck, Shoulder, Knee and Ankle pain.
Clients choose osteopathic medicine for a range of reasons, with the more common patient enquiries, relating to the conditions below:
Training consists of a four-year full time degree course, consisting of Anatomy, Physiology, Neural Science, Pathology, Pharmacology and Radiology, with a large part of the osteopath's training mirroring that required as standard by medical students aspiring to become Doctors.
All Osteopaths have to be registered by a Regulatory Governing Body called the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).