Osteopathy and Manipulative Therapy
Osteopathy originated from the common sense principle that
a patients history of illnesses and physical traumas are written into the bodys structure. Our practitioners have a highly
developed sense of touch which allows them to palpate (feel) the patients living anatomy (i.e. flow of fluids, motion of tissues,
and structural make-up). Their job is to set the body up to heal itself. To restore its normal function, our practitioners
gently apply a precise amount of force to promote movement in areas of congestion to restore normal motion of the body, release
the compression of bones and joints, thus allowing restoration of normal tissue function.
When the body is balanced
and efficient, just like a well tuned engine, it will function with the minimum of wear and tear, leaving more energy for
As Osteopaths we consider each person as an individual. On your first visit, we will spend time taking
a detailed medical history including important information about your lifestyle. You will normally be asked to remove some
of your clothing and perform a series of simple movements. This will allow a full diagnosis and a treatment plan to be devised
by us, tailored to your individual needs.
Through a variety of stretching, mobilising and manipulative techniques
we aim, through working with you, to restore the body’s harmony. This, coupled with exercises and health advice, enable
us to reduce the symptoms and restore your health and quality of life.
We treat a variety of common conditions
including changes to posture in pregnancy; repetitive strain injury (RSI), postural problems caused by driving or work strain,
the pain of arthritis and sports injuries.
We also offer therapeutic massage
and soft tissue manipulation for the treatment of muscular-skeletal conditions, sports injuries etc. When most people think
of massage they think of relaxation massage, where the primary aim is to relieve stress and soothe muscular aches and pains.
Remedial massage, however, takes this a little further focusing on the root cause of persistent chronic muscular or skeletal
pain and then seeks to alleviate it permanently. Often such pain is the result of injury, caused by specific trauma or imbalances
in the joints, muscles and ligaments.
Our therapists are trained to assess these imbalances and establish an
effective programme of therapeutic treatment. The remedial massage treatment process involves the application of scientifically
based treatments, often in conjunction with a rehabilitation programme.
The application of remedial massage
and manipulation is based upon a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. It aims to re-balance the musculo-skeletal
system, by working specifically on muscles, tendons, joints, fascia and ligaments, thus making the treatment a powerful yet
non-traumatic therapy. This re-balancing of soft tissue, allows freedom of movement within the joints so facilitating the
normal function of the vascular and neural systems.
Many studies have demonstrated the wide-ranging benefits
of massage. It is useful for specific ailments such as asthma, depression, back and neck pain, insomnia, immune deficiency
disorders and diabetes. It can be helpful during pregnancy and labour and is also used to help premature babies thrive. It
can also be taught to their mothers to help them bond with their infants while they are still in incubators. Massage is often
a part of therapy for people with cancer since it promotes relaxation and a sense of wellbeing.
Our therapists apply electrotherapy where appropriate to be of benefit to the condition being treated. Modalities used in
the Practice include interferential, pulsed electromagnetic energy fields and medium frequency modulated current (Likon).
Some of the equipment is designed for continuation of therapeutic treatment at home.
This is based on the crossing of two separate applied electronic currents of two different frequencies which “interfere”
at their cross points, creating the required therapy frequency. This is done by applying four electrodes to the body (in
direct contact). The reason for this form of therapy is to create this interferential field deep within the localized tissue.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Treatment
Electromagnetic Therapy does not need any electrical contact
with the body and creates a much larger area of therapy field within the body and penetrates easily through the body. It
works by applying a low frequency pulsing magnetic field to the injured area. This pulsating field influences the ions within
the body cells to enhance ion exchange which, in turn, improves oxygenation to the cells which accelerates healing and cell
If you are experiencing headaches all the time it may
be more than just a simple problem. We will do a full examination to determine the cause of the problem.