Osteopathy for every-one
All ages can benefit from seeing an Osteopath.
• Help find comfort when experiencing pain
• Achieve exercise goals
• Ease the passage during life-changing events, such as pregnancy, birth and menopause
• Unsettled infants
• Adolescent difficulties, such as growing pains
• Difficulties due to the ageing process
Good palpation is at the core of Osteopathic skills. This highly developed sense of touch can intelligently assess differing health in body tissues. The most appropriate treatment can then be selected to address any in-balances that are present.
Osteopaths look at the whole body, they are looking firstly at what makes that body comfortable and healthy. Our bodies continually strive for health via a process called Homeostasis. Noticing what helps this process in each individual can ease the body towards health in a way that is harmonious to the body. For this reason, treatment can vary during each appointment. You can expect a combination of techniques, life-style and exercise advice.
Osteopathic techniques vary from deep manipulation of tissues, through mobilisation of joints and other body parts, to more subtle interventions that seem almost imperceptible. This can help inflammation, calm sensitised nerves, bring better movement and warm our bodies. These processes can then help to ease pain.
The training to become an Osteopath is a four year full-time degree course. To remain in practice, all Osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council, with rigorous annual checks that include continual training. It is illegal to call yourself an Osteopath unless you are registered.
What to expect in an appointment
You will be taken through a consultation, where you can discuss your health concerns. Questions about your over-all well-being and your past medical history can also help to further understand what is going on and what can help to support healing.
An assessment of your posture and movement can happen with you standing, sitting and lying down. All findings and what treatment options might help will be discussed with you. During this assessment, you might be advised that it is better to seek the help of another health-care provider, such as your GP.
At all times your comfort is most important. You can remain clothed to a level that you are happy with. If you prefer, you can wear light clothing such as shorts or leggings and a t-shirt.