Osteopathy is a primary care profession and a modality like many you may come across for helping the body’s natural mechanisms of healing, by improving various motions within the body and biomechanics, the physical structures and fluid components. It is the a form of manual therapy ranging from light touch, strong techniques, articulations, manipulations to rehabilitation work, where the osteopath aim to assist the patient with their knowledge and various techniques to relieve aches and pains, help the individual understand the cause of their bodily issue, to provide the individual the knowledge and exercise to aid their rehabilitation for injuries or their goals in taking control of their health and wellbeing. Although issues normally are physical we understand that problems can also derive from systemic, genetic, psychological and environmental causes. Our aim is to support the individual with their healing and health journey.
We practice inline with and are governed by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).
What do we treat?
Osteopathy focuses on the diagnosis*, management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders without the use of drugs or surgery. Commonly treated conditions include back and neck pain, postural problems, sporting injuries, muscle and joint deterioration, restricted mobility and occupational ill-health. (GOsC (2022) https://www.osteopathy.org.uk/faqs/what-do-osteopaths-treat/)
*As Allied Health Professionals we seek to complement your primary care. Healing takes time; like how a rope gets knotted over time, the duration it takes to unknot the rope depends on the complexity. However, there may be cases where we may refer you for further specialist checkups and imaging through your GP.
What techniques do I use?
Techniques I am trained to use include:
- Soft Tissue: massage techniques, myofascial work
- Neuro Muscular Release (NMR): very similar to trigger point work
- Positional Release Technique (PRT): use of trigger points
- Muscle Energy Technique: active movements where muscle(s) are targeted to aid release of the muscle bundles
- Cranial Osteopathy/Involuntary Movement System (IMS): gentle work with body tissues and structures to aid recovery and release of tensions. Subcategories of this technique are balance ligamentous tension and functional techniques.
- Visceral osteopathy: working with the myofascial components to aid pain relief and body functions.
- Lymphatic osteopathic techniques: pumping and soft tissue techniques directed to aid lymphatic system for mobility of fluids and drainage.
- Kinesiotaping: although not osteopathic, this is used to aid postural and neurological adaptations, can be used for injury recovery, pain relief, and lymph drainage.
- Dry Needling (also known as medical acupuncture): Acupuncture needles are inserted in muscle to promote a direct relaxation effect by working with the neurological system. This is different to Eastern/Traditional Chinese Acupuncture where acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points along meridian lines related to various organs to generate specific response to aid healing.
Osteopathy Sessions & Expectations
We are generally trained to link health in the biopsychosocial model, understanding how the physical health, mental health and socio-environmental health factors can affect the general health of an individual in various ways.
- Assessment (ideally if dressed down to underwear or shorts and string vest) for your practitioner to observe your posture, skin tone & texture, and structural movements. Examination will be a mixture of active movements made by you, passive movements where we move you, movements where we may ask you to push against our force (active resisted movements), and special testing (this could be with or without neurological testing tools, stethoscope, sphygmomanometer etc.).
- From the assessment and examination we will advise what we believe is occurring, what treatment we would like to provide with reason and potentially a prognosis (how long it may take to recover). However, as each person’s recovery varies, a follow-up session may be needed to understand how much change the initial session has made to provide a clearer prognosis.
- Treatment is provided followed by a summary of what has been done and how it should affect you. Along with exercise if deemed suitable.
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