Osteopathy...

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together. To an Osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. ​​

Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension, enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. Each Osteopathic session typically provides a diagnosis, treatment, lifestyle and postural advice and specific rehabilitation plan to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms reoccurring.

Osteopathic Training...

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All Osteopaths practicing in the UK have completed rigorous training and must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Students of Osteopathy follow a four or five-year degree course, during which they study anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, nutrition and biomechanics. In addition, they undergo a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical training. Qualification generally takes the form of a bachelor’s degree in Osteopathy – a BSc(Hons), BOst or BOstMed – or a more advanced masters degree in Osteopathy (MOst).

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Specifics...

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Lower Back Pain

  • Pain in and around the spine, glutes or hips

  • Shooting pain, numbness or weakness

  • Pain that is aggravated by standing or sitting.

 

There are many causes of low back pain, many of these can be helped with Osteopathic treatment and advice. However, if specialist attention is required we provide a primary diagnose and refer you on to other healthcare professionals to provide a more advanced diagnosis and tailored treatment.

Hand and Wrist Pain

  • Joint pain

  • Tenderness

  • Stiff fingers

  • Weak grip

 

As the hands are so complicated (containing thousands of sensory receptors), injury can hugely impact sport as well as daily life.

For example your condition may be carpal tunnel or trigger finger, but with a diagnosis Osteopathy can often help your symptoms.

Neck Pain

  • Tight, stiff or sore muscles

  • Restricted movement

  • Headaches

 

Neck pain is a common condition & can be experienced at all stages of life. Caused by a wide range of issues including posture, tension, work, disc injuries, joint injuries, stress and trapped nerves, necks usually respond well to both Osteopathic treatment and any Osteopathic exercises given.

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Sciatica

  • Sharp shooting pain down the back of your leg

  • Pins and needles

  • Numbness

  • Weakness

 

The symptoms above can all be signs of sciatic nerve irritation, however there are many nerves in the legs that can become trapped or irritated causing similar sensations. Using osteopathic tests, we are able to diagnose which nerves and structures are likely to be causing the complaint. From here we can provide the correct treatment plan and advice on how to relieve the symptoms.

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Rotator Cuff Tears

  • Restricted shoulder movement

  • Pain

  • Weakness

 

Small tears can occur from repetitive shoulder use leading to rotator cuff injuries. This often leads to restricted shoulder range or increased pain. Rotator cuff injuries can often be helped with Osteopathic treatment and advice. We can identify the cause, create the best rehabilitation plan and get you back doing the sport you love!

Discal Issues

  • Sharp shooting pain

  • Pins and needles

  • Numbness

  • Weakness

 

A herniated disc can occur anywhere in the spine, but they are more common in the lower back. Causes include bending forwards, twisting, and lifting. It can either happen over time or suddenly. The pain is usually sharp and radiates in to the glutes or down the legs. There are many causes of back pain which cause similar symptoms. An Osteopathic assessment will determine the diagnosis and correct treatment path.

Tennis/Golfer's Elbow

  • Joint pain

  • Tenderness

  • Tight forearm muscles

  • Weak grip

 

Pain on the inside or outside of the elbow could be an indication of golfer’s or tennis elbow. Repetitive movements can lead to injuries that affect your grip strength. If you are struggling with activities involving grip strength (pull-ups, using a computer mouse or even pouring a kettle), Osteopathic treatment and exercise rehabilitation can help reduce your pain and strengthen the area to get you back into the game!

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Tendinitis/Tendinopathy

  • Joint pain

  • Pain on movement

  • Pain in the mornings

 

Pain near any joint when exercising can be an indication of tendinitis or tendinopathy. For example, pain in the elbow when doing a press-up (tennis elbow). This commonly occurs in the ankles, knees, hips, wrists, elbows, and shoulders and can either be acute (from excessive loading), or chronic (from repetitive overuse). Both can be managed effectively with Osteopathic treatment and rehabilitation exercises.

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Mobility Problems

  • Restricted movement

  • Stiffness

  • Reduced range

  • Repetitive injuries

 

Many people struggle with restricted mobility or range of movement. The unique movement patterns that are developed throughout life can end up becoming very limiting. Perhaps you’ve noticed your arms aren't quite as flexible as they once were, or you feel less stable when walking and running. With the right diagnosis and guidance, we can expand your movement repertoire, increase flexibilty and prevent injuries from reoccurring.

Muscle Spasms

  • Muscle tightness

  • Pain and tenderness

  • Restricted movement

 

A muscle spasm is defined as a sudden, involuntary, and often painful contraction of muscle tissue in response to overuse, fatigue, or dehydration. They can occur anywhere in the body and are often caused by an underlying condition that the muscles are guarding. These are often easily resolved with Osteopathic treatment and the correct rehabilitation plan.

Further Conditions Treated...

  • Generalised aches and pains

  • Joint pains

  • Arthritic pain

  • General, acute & chronic backache or pain

  • Mechanical neck pain

  • Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)

  • Migraine prevention

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Shoulder pain

  • Elbow pain

  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

  • Circulatory problems

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  • ​Cramp

  • Digestion problems

  • Lumbago

  • Sciatica

  • Muscle spasms

  • Neuralgia

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Inability to relax

  • Rheumatic pain

  • Sports injuries

  • Sports people

  • Sports tensions

  • Provide specific treatments and exercises