Your questions about osteopathy answered
Like the majority of people who visit our website you’ve probably got lots of questions about osteopathy. So, if you’re wondering:
- what is osteopathy?
- what can osteopathy do?
- will osteopathy help you with your injury?
- what happens during an osteopathic treatment?
- is osteopathy safe?
- is osteopathy regulated?
- can you claim for your treatment under your health insurance?
- how much does osteopathy cost?
- who is our osteopath?
- what’s his background?
- is he registered?
…and more, then you’ve come to the right place! You’ll find answers to all of these questions and more on our website along with contact details in case you have a question that we haven’t answered for you – or if you’d like to make an appointment – and directions in case you’re not sure where we are. We’ve also included some useful links to other sites that may be helpful to you too.
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an established and recognised system of diagnosis and treatment that looks at the alignment of, and the functional relationship between, the bony skeleton and the muscular system. It is a safe, natural and drug free approach to healthcare that seeks to overcome a wide range of ailments and injuries, which can result from disturbance to the body’s framework and moving parts.
Pain or stiffness in the body may be caused by restriction of joint movement and muscular spasms. These often lead to local inflammation causing swelling deep in the muscles and joints causing pain and sometimes the trapping of nerves. Osteopaths address these problems by manipulating, stretching and massaging the parts of the body that are causing them.
What can osteopathy treat?
Although osteopaths treat many conditions, most people think of us as “back specialists”. Back pain is what many osteopaths treat a lot of the time.
Osteopathic treatment does not target symptoms only but treats the parts of the body that have caused the symptoms. Osteopaths have a holistic approach and believe that your whole body will work if your body is in good structural balance.
Imagine, for example, a car that has one of its front wheels not quite pointing straight. It may run well for a while, but after a few thousand miles, the tyre will wear out. You can apply this example to the human body, which is why it is so important to keep the body in good balance. We use a wide range of techniques, including massage, cranial techniques (sometimes referred to as cranial osteopathy) and joint mobilisation and this breadth of approach allows us to focus on every patient‘s precise needs.
Osteopaths assess and treat people of any age group from the elderly to the newborn and from pregnant woman to sports people.
Common problems treated by osteopathy include, but aren’t limited to:
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Arthritic Pain
- Joint Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Shoulder Pain
- Muscle Spasms
- Aches and Pains
- Elbow pain
- Hip and Knee Pain
- Ankle and Foot Pain
- Wrist and hand Pain
If you are unsure whether osteopathy can help you please contact us, we are happy to talk to you either in person or over the telephone. You can also email any questions if you prefer.