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Osteopathy 

What do Osteopaths treat?
   
We treat a variety of musculoskeletal disorders. Our name does refer to bones although we treat the whole body and may help with the following:

  • Neck & Back Pain
  • TMJ & Jaw issues
  • Headaches
  • Muscle strains and ligament sprains
  • Hip, knee ankle & foot Pain
  • Postural issues
  • RSI (repetitive strain injuries)
  • Sports Injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Wrist complaints
  • ​Sore or aching muscles
  • Much much more...

What should I expect in a treatment?

Osteopathy is a hands on therapy to restore the body's function and balance and as result we hope to decrease your pain and

restore your range of motion. It is potentially a mistake to presume that the problem is where the pain is felt.  I assess the body as a whole in an attempt to find the root cause so we are treating the problem, not just the symptoms. Please be aware that some undressing is necessary as part of the Osteopathic examination and treatment. 

Typically an initial treatment will go like this


 - Filling in of the  necessary paper work ( it is a medico-legal requirement  to take a medical history from you)

- Discuss the history of your complaint

- Discussion of treatment goals and outcomes expected

-     Assessment of your injury/complaint

- Discussion of treatment plan followed by treatment

- Re -assessment of complaint/injury

-  Potential referral for scans or referral to your GP for further investigation if needed

- Ongoing treatment plan discussion, prognosis of your complaint, how to manage your complaint and the possible

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"We discuss & make realistic treatment  goals together.
Your goals may vary from reducing pain, being able to do a fun run, holding better posture or even being able to touch your toes"



​​Finding out why you have a problem...

I believe in empowering my patients with knowledge. I try to find out the underlying reason as to why your complaint has occurred      which in some circumstances can be very easy such as, you have strained a muscle from lifting a pot in the garden but often it can be far more in-depth than this. Repetitive  complaints and those which have appeared  for no apparent reason do have an underlying reason for doing so.  I enjoy finding out the hidden causes for a lot of complaints I see in the clinic. Whether it is an underlying biomechanical issue with the way your body moves, a repetitive  nature of an action you do at work every day, to a undiagnosed condition or disease which may be causing your pain. If we can find out why it is happening, we can hopefully treat it and prevent it from reoccurring.      


University study
Osteopaths are 5 year full time University trained primary health care professionals. 
Osteopaths have been trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. This means that in addition to being able to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries, they are also trained to able to recognise conditions which require a medical referral. Osteopaths are also able to perform basic medical examinations of the nervous, respiratory and cardiovascular systems

Treatment Techniques
  1. Soft tissue /massage
    A technique that may be required to improve the circulation to an area of the body that has been chronically tight
  2. Muscle Energy techniques (MET)
    Contracted muscles are released by alternately being stretched and made to work against resistance.
  3. Dry needling
    Also called myofascial trigger point dry needling. Acupuncture style needles are used to elicit a twitch response to release the trigger point and restore normal function to the muscle
  4. Manipulation (HVLA)
    May be used where it is appropriate and safe to do so, though it is not the mainstay of most Osteopathic treatments. Osteopathic manipulations are carried out using minimum force levels in order to maximise safety and minimise patient discomfort.
  5. Articulation techniques:
    In which joints are mobilised by being passively taken through their range of motion
  6. Counterstrain
    Achieved by release of restriction by placing the affected joint or muscle in a position of comfort, while applying a "Counter" stretch to the antagonists of the tight muscles.
  7. Stretching
  8. Functional technique