Osteopathy is an alternative natural healthcare that emphasizes the relationship between structure and function of the body and the body's ability to heal itself. Osteopathy is recognised as a primary healthcare profession.
One main concept within osteopathy is that the body is a unit. This means that osteopaths will look holistically and globally to be able to fully understand the complaint that a patient presents with. Osteopaths don't just focus on the bones and spine, they also take into consideration issues relating to the soft tissue structures including muscles, tendons and ligaments but also the visceral organs.
Osteopaths use safe, natural manual treatments that are suitable for anyone any age from birth to the elderly. Osteopathy treats the person not just the disorder this makes treatment different for every patient. Osteopaths will use a range of treatment techniques including different types of soft tissue massage, joint articulation and mobilisations to reduce tension, stretch muscles, help relieve pain, and realign your joints. The osteopath will always explain the treatment plan they have and why they feel this is necessary.
- Postural assessment and realignment
- Relieves muscular tension
- Enhance blood supply to tissues
- Increases mobility of the joints, spine and pelvis
- Offers rehabilitation and prevention advice on lifestyle, diet and exercise that will help prevent problems occurring or reoccurring.
Treatment techniques include
- Joint manipulation
- Articulation techniques
- Stretching techniques
- Myofascal release
- Soft tissue massage
- Western Dry Needling acupuncture
Conditions we treat
- Arthritic pain
- Circulatory problems
- Digestion problems
- *Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck.
- Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
- Joint pains
- Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
- General, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)
- Generalised aches and pains
- Migraine prevention
- Minor sports injuries
- Muscle spasms
- Tension and inability to relax
- Rheumatic pain
- Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)
Shoulder impingement can be defined as a trapping of the soft tissue in the subacromial space between the acromion process of the scapula and the humeral head at the front of the shoulder joint. The soft tissue can become too large and get pinched, or the space the soft tissue passes through can be limited either due to ligament thickening, calcified bone, bone spurs, or poor posture/placement of the shoulder. It is the biceps and rotator cuff muscles that run through the space that can get affected. During movement the muscle tendons and bursa rub against the ligament causing pain and inflammation.
The inflammation is accompanied by swelling which further reduces the space so the condition can become progressively worse if you do not seek help. Athletes including tennis players, weight lifters, throwers or anyone who makes repetitive movements of the arm above shoulder height are at risk of developing this condition. The treatment involves rest and ice initially until the inflammation and pain has reduced avoiding movements that involve the arm lifting above shoulder height. It is important to seek advice on what is causing the problem and get rehabilitation advice from a Physiotherapist or Osteopath.
The term sciatica is used to describe a set of symptoms including lower back pain, buttock pain, pain usually going from the lower back down into the leg and sometimes the foot, irritation of one of the spinal nerve roots of the sciatic nerve or compression of the left, right or both sciatic nerves. The pain is often described as a shooting pain along the path of the nerve and sometimes there can be neurological dysfunction such as weakness. The sciatic or ischiadic nerve begins in the lower back from spinal nerves L4 to S3 and runs through the piriformis muscle in the buttock and into the lower leg. It is the longest and widest nerve in the human body. The nerve can become compressed by a disc herniation, inflammation, pregnancy, tightness or a spasm in the piriformis muscle or lumbar spinal stenosis, a condition where the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord or sciatic nerve roots. It is important to see a Physiotherapist or Osteopath to find out what is causing the sciatica symptoms and they can advise you on further treatment and rehabilitation.