The main concept of osteopathy is that the human body tends to be self-regulatory and self-healing in the face of disease processes.

It is also considered that structure and function are interdependent. Techniques are wide-ranging and beyond purely manipulation and massage, which enable osteopathy to treat a great variety of conditions successfully. These include spinal & joint pain, pregnancy or occupational stress related pain and injuries received during sporting or other activities. Pains caused by degenerative changes also often respond to the more gentle techniques of osteopathy.

Visiting the osteopath

When you visit us for the first time a full case history will be taken and you will be given a medical examination for the purpose of differential diagnosis. Following this a musculo-skeletal examination will be used to verify the problem. This will involve the removal of some of your clothing to enable the observation of movement. Palpation will be used to identify any points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body. The osteopath may need additional investigations such as x-ray or blood tests. This will allow a full diagnosis and suitable treatment plan to be developed with you. Osteopathy is patient centred, which means the treatment is geared to you as an individual.

If you require further information about Osteopathy the General Osteopathic Council website can be accessed at: www.osteopathy.org.uk

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