What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy was founded by Andrew Taylor Still over 100 years ago and incorporates a holistic, drug free, approach to healthcare that is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the balance of all body systems working in harmony together.
Osteopaths are primary care providers meaning you do not need a GP referral, however when appropriate, we work closely with GPs and other health professionals to ensure you receive the best possible care.
Who can it help?
Osteopathy treatment can help with a variety of conditions including neck or back pain, changes to posture in pregnancy, joint or muscular pain, sports injuries, recurring headaches, circulatory and digestion problems and more. Osteopathy can help patients of any age and treatments include a broad range of gentle hands-on techniques including articulation, soft tissue work, inhibition, cranial and mobilisation or manipulation of joints.
Your initial consultation will take up to an hour and includes a thorough case history, examination and diagnosis from which we shall then discuss and agree your bespoke treatment plan. It will be necessary to dress down to underwear for the examination although if you are uncomfortable with this, we can work around it. The aim is for you to feel as relaxed as possible.
Follow up appointments are 40 minutes long and involve monitoring your progress in order to continue or adapt the treatment plan.
Frequently asked questions about Osteopathy
If you would like more information before deciding if Osteopathy is for you, please click on the link to The Institute of Osteopathy where you will find their responses to the most commonly asked questions.
Deep Tissue Massage (45 minutes)
A deep tissue massage is helpful for anyone looking to restore movement and flexibity to stiff and sore muscles and fascia. Although this commonly occurs as the result of a sporting injury, it is also caused by a sedentary posture, stress and tension and a lack of use or misuse of muscles, so deep tissue massages are not only for the sporty ones among us.
Techniques include muscle energy techniques (METs), soft tissue release (STR) and myofascial release and each massage is tailored to suit the needs of the client.