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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a holistic form of manual therapy that focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing musculoskeletal disorders, visceral complaints and neuro disorders and other health related issues. 

Osteopathy is a holistic form treatment that looks at the body as a whole including your muscles, joints, soft tissues neuro tissues, circulation, connective tissues and soft tissues around your organs and how they all interrelate with each other.  

It is based on the principle that if there is balance though your body and working well then there is the ability to self heal.  With their treatments they can help restore balance between all your body structures.   is has the ability to self-heal and self-regulate if its structure is balanced and functioning optimally. During an osteopathic consultation, the osteopath will typically conduct a comprehensive assessment, which may include taking a detailed medical history, performing physical examinations, and observing the patient’s posture and movement patterns. Osteopaths use their hands to assess the muscles, joints, organs, fascia to identify any dysfunctions or imbalances. 

Osteopaths use a variety of manual techniques, to different parts of the body, such as the muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and fascia, with the goal of improving overall mobility, reducing pain, and promoting optimal functioning. In addition to hands on therapy, osteopaths also take into account lifestyle factors, such as nutrition, exercise, and stress management, as these can have an impact on the body’s overall health and general wellness. 

What to expect during an Osteopathy Session?

  • Subjective Examination: You will first be asked a list of questions.  The Osteo will be wanting to know about your complaints, symptoms or any health concerns.  Possible causes of these problems.  Your past medical history and daily life activities.
  • Physical Examination: The Osteopath perform a physical exam which will take into account your posture, how you move and then feeling for any tension or restrictions in your joints, muscles and connective tissues.
  • Diagnosis: Based on the findings of the exams they will then give you reasons they believe are causing your symptoms and then discuss the treatments they can offer they believe will help.
  • Treatment: The treatments will be looking at restoring balance in your body as a whole and the treatments are usually very hands on and can include a number of different techniques such as
      • Release of the Soft Tissues and Fascia
      • Visceral Manipulation
      • Mobilising of the Joints,
      • Release of Restrictions in Connective Tissues,
      • Cranio Sacral Therapy
      • Stretching.
      • Dry Needling
  • Advice & Education: Often to make their treatment holistic they will also give advice on recommendations to change lifestyle and helpful exercises will be given to help support the treatment and enhance your recovery.  These recommendations can include:
      • Nutritional Advice,
      • Stress Relief Strategies
      • Postural Advice
      • Working Posture Set Up Advice
  • Further treatments: Usually a second session will be booked in to check how you are doing with the advice, exercises and how the hands on treatment has made a difference.  The number of further treatments and frequency of treatments will depend on how you react the therapy and your individual needs.

Other Treatments that Osteopaths can be Trained In

Cranial Sacral Therapy

Visceral Manipulation

Dry Needling

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