Osteopathy is a natural medicine which aims to restore function in the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalance. To achieve this goal the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner relies on the quality and finesse of their palpation and works with the position, mobility and quality of the joints and soft tissues using a wide variety of therapeutic hands-on techniques.
Treatments are characterised by a gentle, listening approach which supports and encourages the natural ability of the body to self-regulate and self-heal. In addition to reducing pain the practitioner seeks to restore function, allowing you to keep doing the things you love, to discover greater freedom in your movements and to experience more ease in your world.
The Osteopathic philosophy provides the Practitioner with a unique outlook and approach to your body, which can help illuminate and treat the factors affecting long standing, chronic or persistently recurring pain and musculoskeletal problems.
Osteopathy is also suitable for those who pre- or postoperative, or have suffered an acute injury and want help in shortening recovery time and regaining their function.
All aspects of the body must work together to maintain health and the osteopathic approach is able to address the person as a whole to improve not only structure and therefore function but overall health and wellbeing.
Osteopathy is drug and surgery free. It optimizes the body’s ability to heal itself and achieve balance. Benefits include:
Patients may choose to come for General Osteopathic Treatments, a whole body therapy that promotes overall wellness and relaxation, or for an in-depth evaluation and follow up appointments in order to tackle specific or complex musculoskeletal issues.
Your Osteopathic Practitioner will take a detailed health history to understand the various factors contributing to your complaint. She will complete a whole body assessment and focus on particular regions as required. Treatment is a series of hands-on techniques to release tension, restore balance, and integrate the multiple systems of the body.
Treatments are performed either through thin, loose clothing (such as shorts or leggings) or with the patient in underwear which allows for a more thorough assessment of posture, spinal curves and tissue quality. Please wear or bring appropriate clothes to your treatments.
The number of treatments necessary for a particular complaint, condition, or symptom varies. As osteopathy works to enhance the body’s ability to heal itself, every Osteopathic Practitioner strives to minimize the number of treatments needed, and often suggests a period of time between treatments for full integration.
A General Osteopathic Treatment is a whole body therapy that brings balance, ease, movement, health and restoration to the whole system. Throughout each session, the practitioner will continuously and rhythmically mobilize each part of the body with gentle articular techniques and movement of soft tissues.
This promotes bodily circulation of fluids and improves free nerve impulses by removing stiffness and blockages in the entire system. This allows the body to regain its natural mobility and balance and restores normal healthy function. The whole body’s self-healing and self-regulating potential becomes improved and sustained.
General Osteopathic Treatments are suitable if :
If you are a new patient or have specific issues and concerns to address, we may take 30-45 minutes of your initial session for a Full Osteopathic Evaluation.
Osteopathic Practitioners treat a wide variety of health problems throughout the whole body including the musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous and visceral system. They do not just treat the symptoms or areas of complaint, they treat the individual as a whole functional unit.
Osteopathic treatment is suitable for people of all ages, who :
Osteopathic Practitioners can help if you are experiencing problems such as:
MEDICAL EMERGENCIES (requiring First Aid and/or send to Doctor/hospital):
Anaphylaxis, Appendicitis, Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke), Diabetic coma, Insulin shock, Epileptic seizure, Myocardial infarction (heart attack), Pneumothorax, Atelectasis, Severe asthma attack, Syncope (fainting), Contagious diseases, Significant fever (101F or 38.3C and higher), Shock (all types), Thyroid storm, Undiagnosed tumours or lumps, Acute intracranial hemorrhage, Recent skull fracture.
When you have any of these conditions, please do not book an appointment:
The osteopathic practitioner can massage but not over any areas affected by:
osteopath can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in the below cases it is best to have advice from your physician. osteopathic practitioner, unless they are also qualified doctors, may not, under law, attempt to diagnose a condition.
If you suffer from any of the following conditions, osteopath can only take place once it has been approved before your session in writing by your Physician: