Osteopathy is a holistic form of manual medicine, which focuses on identifying and treating the cause of the problem and not only the symptoms.
Osteopathy is based on the principle that health depends on the smooth functioning of different parts of the body, such as joints, muscles, and bones. In the occasion where one area gets injured or stiffens up, it can cause other areas to overcompensate, which result in pain.
During the osteopathic consultation you will undergo a detailed physical assessment of the body, to identify why are you having symptoms and what structures are responsible for it. During the examination, you may be asked to perform some movements with your back, neck or other joints to understand how they work and to identify potential problems. An osteopath may also adopt passive joint examination and special orthopedic tests to identify the tissue causing symptoms and create a treatment plan.
The treatment involves osteopathic joint articulations including high-velocity low amplitude thrust techniques, which help to improve the mobility of the joints and reduce the inflammation. Soft tissue techniques such as muscle stretches and massage can be used to relax the tension and relieve the pain. Specially tailored exercises may be advised for self-management and prevention.
Osteopathy can help with:
Lower back pain
Hip pain (incl. osteoarthritis)
Knee pain (incl. osteoarthritis)
Minor sports injuries
Generalised aches and pains
Tension and inability to relax