An Osteopath can be considered as a specialist in musculoskeletal pain, who treats minor and major soft tissue and joint injuries. An osteopath is capable of treating joint and soft tissue structures in the body: fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees, feet and obviously the spine.
An osteopath will look at the entire body holistically. They will look at your problem and relate this to the way in which the body moves and functions as a whole. Treatment then uses the movement of the human body to help to restore normal functions and enable it to heal itself.
Everything is taken into account and considered. We look at soft tissue structures such as muscles, muscle tendons, ligaments, connective tissue, blood and nerve supplies. We also look at bony structures, such as joints, and even take internal organs into consideration. All this information is then combined in order to evaluate how your body works as a holistic unit.
People come to see us for many different reasons. We often treat spinal pain such as neck, upper and lower back pain and trapped nerves. These issues may result from incidents such as road traffic accidents, lifting at work, or minor mishaps at home. We see a lot of people from the surrounding countryside who, for example, have smallholdings and by necessity end up doing things that they probably shouldn’t, because there is no help at hand.
We also treat a wide range of mobility issues in shoulders, hips, knees and feet. For the lower limbs particularly, we often see people who are involved in contact sports or other sports, such as running. Contact sports can often result in minor or major traumatic injuries. Running is a good example of a sport that recruits specific anatomy and often results in repetitive strain issues in the lower limbs.
Repetitive strain issues also arise from our daily occupations; this is especially true of the modern-day workplace where long hours are spent in front of a computer, which can have profound effects on our neck and shoulders.
In addition to all these issues, there is the undeniable fact that as we grow older and wiser, we all suffer from the effects of ageing. This often results in some restriction of movement and a reduction in the ability of the body to sustain stress. Other changes can also take place during our lives; especially for mums. Pregnancy results in postural and compensatory adaptations. Care of your baby also involves constant lifting and carrying. Osteopathy is suitable for people of all ages and we even treat babies, using gentle techniques such as cranial osteopathy.