What do Osteopaths Treat?
Back and joint pain:
For the Osteopath the causes of back pains are due to disturbances in the mechanical function of the spine and/or the pelvis. These disturbances are often due to previous trauma, repetitive injuries, poor posture, inappropriate training, sedentary life style, laxity of ligaments, long distance driving, prolonged sitting, pregnancy and delivery, or ageing. The treatment will depend upon the cause but generally, the Osteopath will improve your spinal mechanics to restore appropriate mobility, avoid more wear and tear, reduce stiffness and will deal with the cause of imbalance. The same principles will be applied for any other joints.
Sport injuries occur in all levels of sport. It may take the form of an acute ligament tear or be as mild as post-exercise soreness. Either way, the majority of sport injuries could be prevented or alleviated by appropriate conditioning and the manual skills of a qualified therapist. Our Osteopaths here are highly skilled at reading the body so any imbalances contributing to the typical sports injuries encountered are best suited to Osteopathic treatment. By linking the training and the injury together a more detailed assessment can be obtained. By removing the obstacles that impede the blood and nerve supply to the site of injury the mechanism of repair can proceed.
Correction of the biomechanics of non-symptomatic area reduces the stress and strain that may hinder a complete recovery after return to sport. The use of rehabilitation is as well an essential feature in the treatment of sports injuries and can take the form of strapping, prescription of stretching and core strengthening exercises, according to the nature of the problem. Part of the management may include relaxation, anti-inflammatory drugs, and the motivation to regain full fitness. (Click on the Sports Injury Link)
What else do osteopaths treat?
Osteopaths’ patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, and the pain of arthritis.