Structural osteopathy

Osteopathy is a holistic approach to healthcare that focuses on assessing, treating injuries, and preventing a wide range of health problems.

At your first appointment, I will thoroughly assess your medical history, daily routine, and any symptoms you may be experiencing to accurately diagnose the root cause of your pain or lack of function.

During the examination, I will evaluate your posture, movement patterns, muscle tension, and joint stiffness and may perform orthopaedic and special tests.

After establishing a diagnosis, I will create a personalised treatment plan, explaining each step along the way. I use a variety of gentle manual techniques for improving function, relieving pain, and facilitating recovery. I may also provide exercise and self-care advice to help you manage your pain, stay active, and maintain optimal health.

I will often begin treatment at your first appointment, but sometimes I may require further tests, or I may refer you to your GP if I suspect a condition that I cannot treat and may. 

Who do I help

One of the many benefits of osteopathic healthcare is that it is suitable for people of all ages and can be used to address a wide range of conditions and promote general well-being. I often work alongside other healthcare professionals, such as GPs. I  am well-positioned to complement other medical interventions. In fact, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that GPs can safely refer patients to an osteopath for treatment. 

I can treat various musculoskeletal conditions affecting bones, muscles, ligaments, and other connective tissues. Osteopathy is very effective for pain relief and treating common injuries.

Some common conditions I help patients with include back and neck pain, joint pain and stiffness, muscle tension and spasms, trapped nerves, sports injuries, ligament sprain, muscle strain,  headaches and migraines, sciatica, and postural problems, to name a few. I may also be able to help with respiratory conditions, digestive problems, and menstrual pain. 

Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial osteopathy is a holistic approach that shares the same principles as structural osteopathy, offering the additional advantage of addressing the intricate structures within the head. This specialised form of osteopathy recognises that the well being of the entire body is interconnected with the health of these cranial structures. Therefore, cranial osteopathy extends its therapeutic scope to encompass the entire body by understanding that the structures within your head have a profound impact on your overall well-being.

However, cranial osteopathy encompasses more than just the head. It involves a comprehensive approach to healing various areas of the body that require attention. Cranial osteopaths use a highly developed sense of touch to detect subtle changes in tension and tissue quality throughout the body. These changes guide the osteopath to areas that have been affected by current or past symptoms, such as old accidents or injuries. The body may have learned to compensate for a traumatic event, and the effects may still be relevant to current symptoms, even if the patient is unaware that there is an issue.

Cranial osteopathy employs gentle and subtle techniques to bring the body’s tissues into balance, thereby facilitating self-healing and promoting overall health.

Cranial osteopathy is a gentle and effective approach to treating a wide range of issues in the body. Although it is commonly associated with treating babies, it is equally effective for children, adults, and the elderly.

Does cranial osteopathy have a scientific basis?

As stated by the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy: “Cranial osteopathy is difficult to ‘prove’. But modern scientific understanding of physiology, in particular the physiology of fascia and electromagnetics in the body, are increasingly validating the theory and palpatory experiences of cranial osteopaths. There are also a number of clinical studies investigating the effects of cranial osteopathic treatment.”

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