If you’re suffering from back pain or the effects of poor posture at home, at work or after pregnancy, Osteopathy offers a natural approach to treating your whole body and help you heal without the need for drugs or surgery
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a long-established form of medicine and is a method of assessing and treating many health conditions. Osteopathy is drug-free, involves no surgery and is non-invasive. Being treated by an osteopath is one of the best solutions for back pain, especially lower back pain.
While medical doctors specialise in single aspects of your health, osteopaths take a holistic approach. What this means is they focus on the whole body when looking at your symptoms rather than just the local area where the pain is showing up.
Osteopaths use physical manipulation, stretching and massage, with the aim of increasing the mobility of joints, relieving muscle tension and enhancing the blood supply to tissues. Taken together, these techniques help the body heal without the need for drugs.
When you visit an osteopath they may use the following techniques:
- Articulation – moving your joints through their natural range of motion
- Massage – to release and relax muscles
- Stretching stiff joints – to improve mobility and function
- High-velocity thrusts – short, sharp movements to the spine, which produce a clicking noise similar to cracking your knuckles
You may receive advice on self-help and exercise to aid your recovery and thereby prevent symptoms from returning or getting worse.
Who can Osteopathy help?
The conditions osteopaths treat fall into two main areas.
The first area concerns the skeleton, the muscles and the joints, and how these work together. Specific conditions include back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain. Other common problems include arthritis and issues with the pelvis, hips and legs. An osteopath can also help if you have problems with your posture caused by driving, work or pregnancy and minor sports injuries.
Less well-known is how osteopaths can help with your nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems. If you’re suffering from headaches, migraines, painful periods, digestive disorders and depression or if your baby is excessively crying because of colic, we can help.
We’re completely transparent about who we can help and to what extent. One of our values is we’re focused on giving you the right advice for your situation. If we believe Osteopathy or other therapies are not appropriate and that you, ultimately, require surgery, we will tell you.
What to expect at your first Osteopathy session
At your first session, we’ll talk through your symptoms, your general health and any other medical care you’re receiving.
The therapist will use their hands to find areas of weakness, soreness or restriction. With your consent, you may need to remove some clothing to allow for examination.
Following the examination, you will discuss whether osteopathy can help treat your condition and what the treatment will involve.
Osteopaths are trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP or needs further tests, such as MRI scans or blood tests, to help diagnose the problem.
At The Heeler Centre, we have three experienced and skilled osteopaths. All qualified at the European School of Osteopathy and are registered with the General Osteopathic Council, our osteopaths treat hundreds of patients with care and understanding each year.