Osteopathy is a natural and safe treatment. Osteopaths use observation, touch and manipulation to diagnose and treat problems caused by misalignment of the muscles, joints, ligaments, bones and connective tissue that make up the musculoskeletal system. In a healthy body this framework supports and protects the organs, helping all body systems - circulation, nerves, digestion and hormones - to function at their best.
Osteopathy is all about getting to the root cause of aches and pains. It is relatively easy to treat the symptoms of conditions, but what is of more benefit is to address the underlying cause. Osteopathy has become increasingly accepted within the UK, and is now widely respected as a safe, natural system of health.
How does Osteopathy work?
Osteopathy is an alternative medical manual therapy that emphasises the treatment of the muscles and joints of the body in order to address a wide variety of musculoskeletal problems.
Osteopathic treatment utilises biomechanics and physical techniques that are aimed at manipulating joints and stretching muscles so that the functions of the musculoskeletal system can be improved, and reduce physical symptoms.
It is possible for osteopathy to address physical problems that are both long standing and recently occurring, however for maximum effectiveness, the sooner a problem is addressed then the better the overall outcome will be.
What can Osteopathy treat?
The physical problems that osteopathy can help with are quite numerous and thanks to a wide variety of techniques it is possible to cater to a wide variety of ages and people allowing treatment from newborn to old age and everything in between.
Physical problems that are typically helped are: -
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Knee Pain
- Intervertebral disk injury
What happens at my appointment?
The first session with your Osteopath will consist a full case history, consisting of questions about yourself, your presenting problem and your past medical history. This is all aimed at getting a good picture and understanding of each patient. Following this a full physical assessment is carried out which is then concluded with treatment. You will also receive an explanation of what is most likely causing the current problem along with any possible advice to be used outside of osteopathic treatment sessions. The first consultation will take 45-60mins with each follow up session taking 30mins.
It must be noted that during the treatment process it will be required for patients to get undressed down to the level of underwear. Should you not be comfortable with this then it's perfectly acceptable to change into shorts and a t-shirt/strap top.
Gaynor currently divides her time between Broad Oaks, her own osteopathy practice and her Pilates/fitness classes.