Osteopathy is an alternative natural healthcare that emphasizes the relationship between structure and function of the body and the body's ability to heal itself. Osteopathy is recognised as a primary healthcare profession.
One main concept within osteopathy is that the body is a unit. This means that osteopaths will look holistically and globally to be able to fully understand the complaint that a patient presents with. Osteopaths don't just focus on the bones and spine, they also take into consideration issues relating to the soft tissue structures including muscles, tendons and ligaments but also the visceral organs.
Osteopaths use safe, natural manual treatments that are suitable for anyone any age from birth to the elderly. Osteopathy treats the person not just the disorder this makes treatment different for every patient. Osteopaths will use a range of treatment techniques including different types of soft tissue massage, joint articulation and mobilisations to reduce tension, stretch muscles, help relieve pain, and realign your joints. The osteopath will always explain the treatment plan they have and why they feel this is necessary.
- Postural assessment and realignment
- Relieves muscular tension
- Enhance blood supply to tissues
- Increases mobility of the joints, spine and pelvis
- Offers rehabilitation and prevention advice on lifestyle, diet and exercise that will help prevent problems occurring or reoccurring.
Treatment techniques include
- Joint manipulation
- Articulation techniques
- Stretching techniques
- Myofascal release
- Soft tissue massage
- Western Dry Needling acupuncture
Conditions we treat
Shoulder impingement can be defined as a trapping of the soft tissue in the subacromial space between the acromion process of the scapula and the humeral head at the front of the shoulder joint. The soft tissue can become too large and get pinched, or the space the soft tissue passes through can be limited either due to ligament thickening, calcified bone, bone spurs, or poor posture/placement of the shoulder. It is the biceps and rotator cuff muscles that run through the space that can get affected. During movement the muscle tendons and bursa rub against the ligament causing pain and inflammation.
The inflammation is accompanied by swelling which further reduces the space so the condition can become progressively worse if you do not seek help. Athletes including tennis players, weight lifters, throwers or anyone who makes repetitive movements of the arm above shoulder height are at risk of developing this condition. The treatment involves rest and ice initially until the inflammation and pain has reduced avoiding movements that involve the arm lifting above shoulder height. It is important to seek advice on what is causing the problem and get rehabilitation advice from a Physiotherapist or Osteopath.
Whiplash of the neck is caused when the neck is quickly over extended then flexed. It is a common road accident injury like when a vehicle is hit from behind but this is not the only cause. Whiplash can also occur after activities such as head banging and bungee jumping. Muscle, ligament and bone can be affected so it is important to get an x-ray and an examination to see the extent of the damage. Pain and stiffness can occur in the neck area and there can also be referred pain in the shoulders and back. There can also be pins and needles in the arms, legs and numbness can radiate into the arms. Muscle weakness and spasm may be present causing any movements of the neck difficult and painful. Sometimes the onset of the symptoms can be delayed so take care after any activities or accidents where whiplash may have occurred. For grade 1-3 whiplash injuries manipulation, mobilization and range of motion exercises should be done to return to normal everyday activities as soon as possible. A collar can be used but only for 72 hours after otherwise there could be prolonged inactivity of the muscles around the neck.
The term sciatica is used to describe a set of symptoms including lower back pain, buttock pain, pain usually going from the lower back down into the leg and sometimes the foot, irritation of one of the spinal nerve roots of the sciatic nerve or compression of the left, right or both sciatic nerves. The pain is often described as a shooting pain along the path of the nerve and sometimes there can be neurological dysfunction such as weakness. The sciatic or ischiadic nerve begins in the lower back from spinal nerves L4 to S3 and runs through the piriformis muscle in the buttock and into the lower leg. It is the longest and widest nerve in the human body. The nerve can become compressed by a disc herniation, inflammation, pregnancy, tightness or a spasm in the piriformis muscle or lumbar spinal stenosis, a condition where the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord or sciatic nerve roots. It is important to see a Physiotherapist or Osteopath to find out what is causing the sciatica symptoms and they can advise you on further treatment and rehabilitation.