Everything you need to know about what osteopathy is, what it aims to achieve, conditions it can help with, what to expect from your appointment and how your treatment will be managed.
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy stands alongside physiotherapy and chiropractic as a primary healthcare profession and has been fully regulated by the government since the 1993 Osteopaths Act.
Osteopathy is about understanding and treating root causes of pain rather than just symptoms. Every patient is different with a different life that has placed different demands on the body. Rather than just treating your current symptoms (although I will do that of course) I'll aim to identify any mechanical, postural, lifestyle or environmental factors which might be impacting your overall wellbeing and preventing you from being at your best. I'll help you to understand what's going on so you can manage the issue yourself in the shorter term and prevent longer-term recurrence rather than being reliant on treatment.
Whatever your age and whatever keeps you busy from day to day there's nearly always something I'll be able to do to help you with your discomfort.
What discomforts do osteopaths treat?
There's more to osteopathy than just treating general back pain; it can also assist in the treatment and management of many other conditions such as:
Uncomplicated, mechanical neck pain
Frozen shoulder / shoulder and elbow pain / tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck
Minor sports injuries