Osteopathy is primarily a hands on therapy, working on the body's soft tissues. Osteopaths use focus and their hands to help release tight muscles & joints, and to encourage fluid movement in restricted, congested areas. Treatments may include ways of working that are similar to massage; as well as gentle rhythmic movement of the neck, spine and joints of the arms and legs; and 'indirect' 'holding and waiting' approaches.
Improved health and osteopathic treatment in stress related conditions
Treatment encourages the body to release into a deeper, more restorative rhythm. On a physical level this can help improve tissue nutrition and drainage, and recovery from injury. The beneficial effects of treatment on the central nervous system often result in people reporting a feeling of increased relaxation, balance, wellbeing and aliveness after treatment. This can be particularly helpful in stress related conditions.
Some of the areas where osteopathy may help
o joint pains, stiffness, aches
o back, neck, hip, knee, leg & foot pain
o arthritic pain
o muscle pain
o headache arising from the neck
o difficulty relaxing, stress reduction
o frozen shoulder, shoulder pain, tennis elbow
o general, acute and chronic backache
o uncomplicated mechanical neck pain
o minor sports injuries and tensions
o circulatory problems
o digestion problems
Looking at individual causes, as well as symptoms
Dis-ease and injury are often the result of imbalance and congestion in some area. As well as focussing treatment on those areas of your body that need attention, your osteopath will aim to help you identify those aspects of your life (eg activities, lifestyle, outlook) which may be out of balance and contributing to your symptoms.
Rehabilitation after injuries:
After strains and minor sports injuries it is important to get the right type of treatment to aid recovery. Osteopathic treatment can help reduce pain and swelling, and encourage healing. Osteopathic neuromuscular rehabilitation after injury supports your return to normal activities.
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This can help reduce some of the background causes of pain and dysfunction.
All osteopaths engage in several years of training before qualifying and becoming registered with the GOsC, and must engage in ongoing professional development.
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