What is Osteopathy?
Osteopaths assess and treat people of any age from the elderly to the newborn and from pregnant women to sports people.
Before we treat you, we will make a full medical assessment. We take time to listen and ask questions to make sure we understand your medical history and your day-to-day routine which may give clues to help our diagnosis. We may feel your pulse and check your reflexes, take your blood pressure and refer you for clinical tests, such as x-rays, if we think you need them.
We usually look at your posture and how you move your body. We may also assess what happens when we move it for you and see what hurts, where and when. Using touch, we may also find the areas which are sensitive or tight and this helps us to identify what’s going on. When we have done this, we can diagnose your condition. We may sometimes feel that osteopathy is not appropriate for you and refer you to your GP or another specialist.
Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle manipulations, depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis. Treatment is different for every patient but may include techniques such as different types of soft tissue massage and joint articulation to release tension, stretch muscles, help relieve pain and mobilise your joints. Sometimes, when we move joints you may hear a ‘click’. This is just like the click people get when they crack their knuckles. We may discuss exercises that you can do to improve your posture and movement in your workplace and everyday life.
Common conditions treated
- Back & neck pain
- Shoulder and arm problems
- Pelvis, hip and leg problems
- Sports and other injuries
However, patients have found osteopathy helpful for many other conditions. If you want to find out more, call us. We will be happy to talk to you.