Our osteopaths use many techniques and approaches in their treatment. Treatment choice depends on the presenting problem, the level of pain and the physical build of the person being treated.
Osteopathy is not prescriptive; techniques are applied depending on what is needed and what is trying to be achieved.
Often treatment requires soft-tissue techniques; a gentle massage applied to specific muscles to improve blood flow and drainage from those tissues. This may be combined with articulation, where a restricted joint may be rhythmically moved to achieve a greater range of movement. Occasionally a small but very fast impulse may be put through a joint (high-velocity low amplitude thrust) and a small click may be heard.
Osteopathy aims to work within the pain-free range. Treatment should not hurt, but if you have had a problem for a while you may feel a bit sore afterwards. This usually resolves within a day or two and you should feel a lot better.
Physical problems we treat
The list of conditions below is by no means exhaustive. If you would like to know whether a condition could be helped with osteopathic treatment, do not hesitate to contact us.
Back pain is common; affecting one in five adults within their lifetime. It can be debilitating, particularly when it involves nerves.
Neck pain (with or without headache) often occurs as a result of poor posture and is very common in people who work at a desk.
Because the neck is densely packed, muscle tightness in this area can cause gentle pressure on the nerves. This can send pain / pins and needles into the arms and, in some cases, into the face.
Joint pain, such as ‘tennis elbow’, includes arms, legs, fingers and toes. Osteopaths often prescribe strengthening exercises to arthritic joints in addition to the movement and massage involved in treatment.
Nerve pain, such as ‘sciatica’, causes sensations such as ‘pins and needles’, sharp stabbing pain or a throbbing ache. Sometimes it may feel like your skin is numb or extremely sensitive – like a graze. Often it is the inflammation around the nerves that is causing this pain.
Sports injuries can be both traumatic and chronic and are often related to the repetitive movement and joint loading.