What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual manipulative therapy that began in the late 1800’s before physiotherapy or chiropractic was around.
We consider the body as an interconnected unit and that the structure of all the parts govern the overall function and wellness of your body. This means we assess and treat the mechanics of your joints; we see how they are being affected by the joint structure and the surrounding the muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and even the internal organs.
Is Osteopathy safe?
As with any form of therapy there may be some possible side effects. Globally osteopaths have a great safety record because of our skill and ability to choose a range of treatments to safely work around your problem and physical condition.
Your osteopath will be able to use your case history and physical assessment to identify potential risks of treatment and will inform you of your treatment options. Most commonly, if at all, this will just be some minor post treatment soreness that may last around 24hours. We tell you this not to scare you, but to give you informed choice, and to put it into perspective osteopathic treatment is actually safer in terms of damaging side effects than taking common painkillers.
Stephen Watts M.Ost is registered with the General Osteopathic Council in the UK.
Only those that have undergone the rigorous training and continue to keep up their skills are able to become members of the council.
What qualifications do Osteopaths have?
Osteopaths undergo 4 to 5 years of intense training to achieve an Integrated Masters in Osteopathy. The course includes medical screening, pathology, pharmacology, anatomy, osteopathic diagnosis, techniques and management.
What can Osteopathy help with?
We can help people with a wide range of muscloskeletal problems and more. Commonly we help people with:
- Back and neck pain
- “Slipped disc”
- Sports injuries
- Rehabilitation and recovery from surgery
- Muscular aches and pains
- Pain associated with pregnancy
What will happen in my first visit and treatment?
We use different forms of assessment but we begin by taking a thorough case history at your first appointment. This includes taking your medical and occupational history, and asking questions that you may not think is relevant to your case but is important for us to see what may be causing or maintaining your problem. Importantly, this process is used to check you are safe to treat by screening for any underlying problems that may need referral to another medical profession.
Once we have established you are safe to treat, we use information from your case history to form an assessment that will be individual to you. We may begin by taking your blood pressure, performing general medical screening and frequently we perform a neurological testing to check for nerve compression or other conditions affecting the nervous systems. We then will perform a range of orthopaedic and osteopathic tests to find the tissue causing your pain and how the rest of the body including your posture may be contributing to your problem.
There are many different approaches and techniques within Osteopathy which can be one of the beauties of it – no two therapists and no two treatment sessions will be exactly the same. Each session is individualized to suit you
Treatments can include a range of techniques including joint articulations, manipulations, joint, soft tissue and visceral mobilizations, soft tissue massage, traction, and very gentle functional and cranial techniques.
As part of your management we may offer advice on stretches, exercises, ergonomics, diet and lifestyle.