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What is Osteopathy

Osteopathy is based on a simple understanding – that structure governs function. Your wellbeing depends on your muscles, bones, ligaments and joints functioning in harmony.

Like many Osteopaths, I believe that the symptoms you present with are just the starting point. So before undertaking any physical examination, I take into account your medical history, lifestyle and personal circumstances, acknowledging that, while your condition may be similar to others, you are completely unique.

Rest assured, I am fully trained, qualified and registered. I have studied a degree similar to a medical degree for 4 years, but with greater emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine. In fact, by the time I qualified, I had accumulated more than 1,000 clinical hours. My in-depth knowledge of anatomy and fine sense of touch ensures that I am well placed to diagnose and treat the cause of your pain.

All systems of the body are related therefore a change in one area can easily affect functioning of another system. For example neck and head pain may be caused by an old ankle injury that makes you stand awkwardly, whilst pelvic imbalance from giving birth can put pressure on your sciatic nerve. The list goes! Osteopathy is well placed to understand the body’s many complexities and find the root of pain.

My treatments incorporate various techniques including joint mobilisation and manipulations, soft tissue and joint manipulation, muscle energy techniques, medical acupuncture, sports taping, rehabilitation and postural exercises, combined with self-care advice. By easing muscle tension and increasing blood supply, joint and nerve function, I aim to dramatically reduce your pain and help you to feel human again.

Which Treatment Is Right For Me?

If you are unsure which treatment is right for you don't worry as a treatment plan will be created specifically for your needs.

Who can benefit from Osteopathy?

The range of people that can benefit from Osteopathy is vast; people from all walks of life can benefit from osteopathy as it is a versatile and gentle treatment. The following groups of people could benefit from osteopathic treatments:

  • Sports Persons
  • Office workers
  • Elderly persons
  • Post injury
  • Children
  • Long distance drivers
  • Sedentary / bed bound individuals
  • Individuals with reduced mobility

What Can I Expect During My Visit?

A thorough assessment and case history regarding your medical history and current complaint. Following this there will be physical examination (please wear shorts and loose t-shirts) with feedback and of course treatment and aftercare advice. The techniques utilised vary depending on individual needs which will be discussed with you.

Tips and After Care:

  • Don't eat a heavy meal before treatment.
  • Muscle soreness or tenderness may be expected for 24-48 hours following treatment.
  • Drinking water after your treatment may help to flush out toxins that are released following treatment.
  • Avoid stimulants, coffee and alcohol for at least 12 hours after treatment.
  • Stretching can help to prevent muscle aches and pain after a deep tissue massage.

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