What I Treat

 

Back Pain

Back pain can affect all ages inflicting as many as eight out of ten of us at some point during our lives. The back is made up of different joints, muscles, ligaments and discs all of which can be liable to strain or sprain.

How can an Osteopath help?

Back pain is the most common condition Osteopaths see in practice with patients reporting a high satisfaction with treatment. Osteopathic hands on treatment varies to the individual based on their diagnosis, pre-existing health problems and, of course, their individual personal preferences.

Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common complaint spanning all age ranges.  Poor posture be it working at the computer, driving or watching TV can all contribute to tightness in the neck, shoulders and upper back. 

How can an Osteopath help?

Osteopathic techniques focus on relieving muscular tension in the neck and shoulders as well as improving movement in the joints. Postural and lifestyle advice may also be recommended. 

Headaches

There are several classification of headaches and this determines our treatment. Amongst other causes tension in the muscles and joints of the neck and upper back can cause a patient's headache.

How can an Osteopath help?

Gentle massage and manipulation to the neck, back and head can relieve the tension that can cause headaches. 

Shoulder pain is a common symptom and caused by a number of conditions. These range from rotator cuff problems to 'frozen shoulder' (or adhesive capsulitis).

How can an Osteopath help?

Osteopaths can diagnose and treat your shoulder problems by reducing spasm and encouraging movement into the joints of the shoulder.

Hip & Knee Pain

Hip and knee pain encompasses a broad range of conditions. The right care package can reduce the spasm and inflammation associated with these conditions to aid your recovery.

How can an Osteopath help?

Osteopaths not only assess the hip and knee but also your posture as a whole. As well as local injuries to an area postural strains can place pressure on the knee and hip and in these cases an osteopath will adopt a biomechanical approach.

Foot and ankle pain can occur from a number of causes. The most common ones are sprained ankles, achilles tendonitis, plantar fascitis and metatarsalgia. These conditions are synonymous with soft tissue tightening, thickening (hypertrophy) and inflammation.

How can an Osteopath help?

There are a variety of different osteopathic techniques that are used when treating these conditions. Treatment may not necessarily be to only the foot and ankle but also to the leg and pelvis to help with the rehabilitation of these conditions.

Elbow Pain

Pain in the elbow is often due to either Tennis or Golfers Elbow. These two conditions can cause pain around the outside or inside of the elbow. Both conditions have nothing to do with the elbow! They are in fact muscle and tendon problems from the forearm.

Both are injuries from repetitive strain from any hobby, sport or activity not just tennis or golf. 

How can an Osteopath help?

Osteopaths use a variety of different massage and manipulative techniques to try to ease your symptoms and cure the problem. This can take the form of gentle manipulation, massage and stretching. Sometimes, where appropriate, we offer advice on supports.

Sports Injuries

Common sports injuries are repetitive strain injuries, inflamed tendons, torn and strained ligaments, and sore and sprained joints. Commonly these injuries are due to the techniques employed when performing your chosen sport. For instance, running with your arms crossing your body can cause your legs to move out of alignment and cause hip, knee and ankle injuries. 

How can an Osteopath help?

Osteopaths are trained to assess the mechanics of your sport to offer advice, prescribe exercises and perform hands on manipulative treatment to help alleviate your condition.

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 Useful Links

 

Organisations:

Institute of Osteopathy: www.osteopathy.org

Sutherland Cranial College: www.scco.ac/

Osteopathic Centre for Children: www.fpo.org.uk

British Medical Acupuncture Society: www.medical-acupuncture.co.uk

Osteopathic Sports Care Association: www.osca.org.uk

 

Medical research databases:

PubMed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/

Cochrane Library: www.cochranelibrary.com

Medical Research Council: www.mrc.ac.uk

Cambridge Institute for Medical Research: www.cimr.cam.ac.uk

National Council of Osteopathic Research: www.ncor.org.uk

Fascia research: www.fasciaresearchsociety.org

 

Osteopathic schools and colleges:

British College of Osteopathic Medicine: www.bcom.ac.uk

University College of Osteopathy: www.uco.ac.uk

Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine: www.nescot.ac.uk

European School of Osteopathy: www.eso.ac.uk

Oxford Brookes University: www.brookes.ac.uk

London College of Osteopathic Medicine: www.lcom.org.uk

College of Osteopaths: www.collegeofosteopaths.ac.uk