WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?

The practice of Osteopathy was founded by American physician Andrew Taylor Still in the late 19th Century - he aimed to harness the body's own self repairing potential.

AT Still held the belief that the human body tends towards health which at the time was quite unorthodox, with many other practitioners believing intervention by a physician was crucial to restoring health in a patient.

Osteopathy is a holistic approach to the healthcare of patients and aims to support the body in it's self-healing capacity, placing importance on the musculoskeletal system. Recognising that each part of the body is connected to another, osteopaths treat the body as a whole, not only what part of your body is sore!

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WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN MY TREATMENT?

Your initial treatment will start with taking a detailed history and examination so your osteopath can better understand your treatment needs.

The hands-on component of your treatment may include any of the following, dependent on your needs:

  • Soft tissue techniques (such as massage and stretching)

  • Joint articulation (joints are taken through their ranges of motion)

  • HVLA (commonly referred to as manipulations or "cracking")

  • MET (resisted stretching)

  • Various other techniques

In addition to the above, your osteopath may also discuss relevant lifestyle factors to aid in your treatment, such as postural improvement, exercise management and home stretching.

WHAT CAN OSTEOPATHS TREAT?

Osteopaths may help with treatment of a range of issues, including;

  • Neck and back pain

  • Headaches/Migraines

  • Arthritis

  • Sports injuries

  • Pregnancy related pain

  • And more