Many Osteopaths work on the principle that 'Structure governs function', with the body being a large balancing machine. When the body becomes imbalanced the body can no longer function properly and stresses and strains begin to build and layer in the body, creating pain. By applying a wide variety of techniques Osteopaths are able to rebalance the body and peel back the strain layers, reducing and abolishing pain. These techniques include:
Soft tissue release and massage:
Varying types of massage are commonly used within each session of treatment. Not only does it help to ease muscle tension and help with relaxation, it also assists the Osteopath in understanding what is going on under the skin. The massage techniques are tailored to each individual patient, varying in pressure and tailored to patients' needs.
Regularly pain can be produced due to joints being restricted and range of movement being limited. By mobilising the joints using manipulatory and articulatory techniques, osteopaths are able to free joints, giving the patient better range of movement and a reduction in pain.
Dry needling (The magic of Western acupuncture):
Dry needling is an efficient and effective technique for the treatment of muscular discomfort and myofascial dysfunction. It can be used alongside other osteopathic techniques to provide the patient with the highest level of care. Dry needling can be applied to target trigger points, which can sometimes be referred to as 'knots'. By needling these trigger points you can relieve the pain both locally and in surrounding areas in moments. It uses the same filament needles as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), however Dry needling is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles.
Pregnancy and Postnatal therapy:
Throughout the pregnancy process and often into the many months after giving birth, the female body can struggle to adapt, leading to a multitude of aches and pains across the body. Osteopathy can be great for assisting in shifting the extra pressures and stress to help alleviate a number of conditions including pregnancy pelvis, Symphysis Pubis Disorder (SPD) and general shoulder and back pain. As long as you are 12+ weeks, Osteopathy is safe during pregnancy.
Cranial osteopathy can be great for a patient of any age, from newborns to the elderly. Cranial is a subtle and refined type of osteopathy that can be used across the body including the head. With newborns and the young, cranial has been seen to help with conditions that cause restlessness and distress. This technique is also useful for headache and migraine sufferers (always bearing in mind these could be being caused by something else).
Ultrasound therapy is used to assist in the reduction of swelling and oedema, as well as influencing fresh blood to an area to increase healing properties. It can be used for a wide variety of conditions and does not hurt to have done. It is a great way to access deep within tissues and assists particularly well on repetitive strain Injuries and inflammatory conditions.
Can be used to assist with many different complaints in and out of the sporting world. It can be used to assist in stabilising and supporting joints, relaxing or engaging musculature and also helps with swelling and drainage of an area. The Osteopath may use this to accompany their treatment to continue therapy after the session has ended. It is a great way to stabilise a joint without losing circulation or mobility of an area 24 hours a day.
During your treatment, patients will be given advice (both postural and reahabilitary) to try and give the best possible chance of improvement and to prevent issues arising again.
Not only is it our job to get you better but to also try and prevent (to the best of our ability) the problem returning.