Osteopath

Osteopathy

Osteopathy, along with Chiropractic care, has a well deserved reputation for success in treating back neck and shoulder pain. It is reasonably perceived as the gentler approach, even though it does often involve spinal adjustments. Osteopaths frequently treat without manipulations and are well versed in comfortable interventions that involve careful precise movements of joints to encourage healing.

Philosophy:

Osteopaths believe that the body has it’s own healing resources and that a healthy supply of blood to all parts of the body is vital to health. This belief informs much of their approach to treatment, along with an emphasis on joint function and structure.

Techniques:

Balanced use of spinal and joint manipulations, along with joint articulation, traction and soft tissue massage form the majority of Osteopathic treatment. Cranio-sacral therapy is also practised by many, along with variants like balance ligamentous tension.

There is less exercise and lifestyle advice than is given by physiotherapists, but this is still regarded as an important part of the treatment approach. They make far less use of X Rays than Chiropractors and prefer to leave radiological investigations to the specialists.

Training:

Like Chiropractors, Osteopaths complete a 4 year degree resulting in a Bachelors or Master of Science which includes 1000 hours of clinical experience. Again the degree is academically demanding, involving extensive anatomy, physiology and pathology. Spinal adjustments are studied and practised for a full 3 years, whilst gentler techniques including cranial Osteopathy and the treatment of children are also taught.

Areas of expertise:

Along with excellent spinal adjustment skills, the Osteopaths concentrate on the gentler side of treatment, ensuring that sensitivity is incorporated with effectiveness. Cranial technique is very much the territory of the Osteopath, and the restoration of balance in addressing the underlying causes of problems.

Recommendation:

Osteopathy is the ideal way to have back, neck and shoulder pain treated for the patient who prefers and gentler approach. Osteopathy is also very well suited to the treatment of sports injuries, as it assists in the full life-cycle of healing and can address important underlying issues.