Background to Osteopathy
Osteopathy is a hands on, physical therapy, relieving pain and dysfunction as far as possible by releasing and relaxing muscles and ligaments, and restoring the spine, or other joints, to as normal alignment as possible. Osteopathy is not a “cure all” treatment.
Many factors and causes add together for spinal pain and, where possible, an Osteopath aims to track these down and recommended often simple lifestyle changes. Posture and daily life activities all play a part.
Osteopathic treatment follows after taking the patient’s case history, an examination and an assessment. This treatment usually involves soft tissue massage, articulation – joint movements, and where necessary, and with patient’s agreement, manipulation (or an adjustment).
Such treatment techniques aim to separate individual bones which may be jammed, twisted or misaligned thus affecting blood supply and nerve conduction and may unbalance the body as a whole.