What conditions do we treat?
Osteopathy treats a wide variety of musculoskeletal problems, the main complaint being back pain, but it also has a role to play in the management of a number of other conditions. The most common complaints for which patients consult are:
Generalised aches and pains.
Joint pains including hip pain and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise.
Arthritic pain - Treatment is individual, gently moving and stretching an arthritic joint and massaging surrounding muscles and tissues can help ease some of the discomfort. Sometimes we may work on general mobility of the other joints and muscles in the body to help the mechanics of the body work better. We may also give advice on exercises, diet, posture and changes to lifestyle. X-rays, scans or other tests may be required and you may referred to your GP for any additional investigations and treatment
General, acute & chronic backache, back pain - Up to 80% of the UK population suffer back pain at some point in their life. as holistic practitioners we consider the many factors that can contribute to your back pain.
Pregnancy related back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and Post Natal Care – general aches and pains associated with the adaptation of the musculoskeletal system during pregnancy and recovery afterwards. More about pregnancy»
Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury, i.e. whiplash)
Headache - The most common type of headaches originate from muscle stiffness or joint strain in the neck and/or upper thoracic region/migraine prevention.
Frozen shoulder / shoulder and elbow pain / tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences.
Digestion problems - Adults are not the only people who suffer digestive problems, children can also respond well to manual therapy care for these conditions.
Joint pains from all areas of the body:
- Knee Pain – With the right treatment and advice knee pain can be effectively managed
- Shoulder Problems – Sitting in front of computers and sedentary occupations can contribute to complex shoulder problems.
- Wrist problems – Carpel tunnel problems, repetitive strain injury.
- Elbow problems – Tennis and golfers elbow.
- Heel or foot pain – Help with pain from conditions such as plantar fasciitis, ankle sprain or heal spurs.
- Hip pain – Degenerative hip, bursitis and injury.
Lumbago, Back pain – Up to 80% of the UK population suffers back pain at some point in their life. As holistic practitioners we consider the many factors that can contribute to your back pain.
Posture problems – These can lead to other common conditions such as sciatica, upper back pain and headaches, this is particularly true during the adaptations during pregnancy. Flat feet and over pronation can alter the working of the dynamics of the body. Orthotics can help alter this.
Sciatica - This can be caused by a range of different problems. Your therapist can assist in identifying and treating the underlying cause
Neuralgia, nerve pain.
Inability to relax, tension, muscle tightness.
Minor sports injuries and tensions.
- Massage and stretching techniques.
- Articulation techniques - in which joints are mobilised by being passively taken through their range of motion.
- Muscle Energy techniques - in which contracted muscles are released by alternately being stretched and made to work against resistance.
- Counterstrain techniques - which achieves release of restriction by placing the affected joint or muscle in a position of comfort, while applying a 'Counter' stretch to the antagonists of the tight muscles.
- Functional techniques - which involve gentle mobilisation of joints in a way which 'probes' barriers to normal movement until a way is found through the restriction.
- Manipulation - which may be used where it is appropriate and safe to do so, though it is not the mainstay of most treatments. Manipulations are carried out using minimum force levels in order to maximise safety and minimise patient discomfort.
- Visceral techniques - are used in the management of conditions affecting internal organs. These involve gentle and rhythmical stretching of the visceral areas.
- Cranial techniques - A subtle, gentle and non invasive approach, which aims to relieve areas of tension that have built up in a patients body.
- Exercise prescription for rehabilitation (as an adjunct to 'hands-on' techniques).
- Postural and ergonomic advice.
- Kinesiology taping – reduces pain, inflammation, speeds healing, supports joints and prevents injury and fatigue.
- Orthotics – a problem with your feet can affect all the way to your neck as your body compensates to keep your eyes level with the horizon, orthotics can help your posture and reduce pain and wear and tear on other areas of your body.
Treatments are tailored to the requirements of the individual patient, and techniques are selected which are appropriate to the patient's needs.