What is it?
Is an Integrative Medicine of assessing, diagnosing, treating and preventing a wide range of medical conditions and health problems. It is designed to treat acute/chronic pain, inflammation and; to improve body and life functionality. It uses a drug-free, non-invasive form of manual medicine that focuses on the health of the whole body and not just the injured or affected part.
It’s a therapeutic science designed to facilitate natural healing processes by finding and correcting anatomical deviations that interfere with the free flow of blood, lymph and with the so-called “nerve force” in the body.
Osteopaths are educated and trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. We work with other registered health professionals including general practitioners, specialists and radiologists to provide the best service to their patients.
HELPING PEOPLE TO RELAX, HEAL AND REHABILITATE THEIR LIVES AND BODIES
Osteopathy is most commonly associated with musculoskeletal medicine - biomechanical back and neck pain, sport or work injuries, or other joint or muscle disorders. However, as Osteopathy is an Integrative holistic form of healthcare; which helps individuals improve and/or restore health and well being, there are many other reasons you want to visit an osteopath.
Some may come for rehabilitation, or injury management, assistance with general health problems or medical conditions, or wellness more generally.
Osteopathic Treatment and it's benefits
Treatment is designed to release pain, restrictions and to improve function; impacting positively the nervous, neuroendocrine, circulatory, digestive, lymphatic, fascia and muscle-skeletal systems; improving body function and overall health.
On each session I work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. I use sensitive touch, physical manipulation, mobilization, stimulation, stretching and massage to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms.
Osteopaths use a variety of techniques, and; these are applied according to what the patient needs:
Spine and Joint manipulation
Neuromuscular and muscle energy
Functional therapy and Psychosomatic release
Who is it for?
Osteopathic patients include people of any age, from babies through to the elderly and treatment is helpful for people in any situation - athletes and sport people, student, office worker, manual labourer, pregnant woman, stay at home parent, retiree and anything in between.
Some of the conditions osteopaths assist their patients with include:
Back, neck and overall body pain
Sciatic pain compression
Bulged, herniated and compressed disc
Pregnancy and post-pregnancy related pain
Sleeping, feeding and digestive problems in babies
Asthma and/or other breathing related disorders
Recurrent ear infections in children
Digestive and gynecological complaints
Stress and adrenal fatigue
Body Posture (caused by driving, traumas, scarred tissue and adhesion from surgery and/or infections and changes due to pregnancy)
Osteopathy emphasizes self-healing. So; You will also receive specific advices and guidance to help manage your injury at home.
Prevention advice can involve:
* Stretching exercises/home exercise
* Stress reduction
* Lifestyle adjustments
* Dietary changes
The manipulation and hands-on work are gentle, but due to the physical nature of the treatment, it is not unusual to sometimes feel tired, or stiff or sore, or find an increase in your symptoms in the first 24-48 hours after treatment. This is not uncommon and perfectly normal. You will be explained any likely reactions that you could expect.
Feel free to ring and talk should you have any concerns.
Generally you would expect to see some changes in your symptoms after one or two visits; however, some long-term or chronic conditions may require a longer course or more frequent treatment. If you have any concerns, I will be happy to discuss these with you.
Follow up appointments involve a short discussion and follow up assessment.
UNREGISTERED OSTEOPATHIC PRACTICE IS ILLEGAL
The title 'Osteopath' is protected by law. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they obtained the actual degree (Master, C.O. or D.O.) by the proper School and are registered by their respective federal Osteopathic Council.