Nick has had a general family osteopathic practice for over thirty years. He treats a very wide range of conditions for people of all ages – from the newborn to the elderly. In the early 1990s, he tutored at the Osteopathic Centre for Children, and the treatment of babies and children remains an important part of his practice.
Osteopaths spend most of their working lives dealing with pain – whether it occurs in a young person through work or sports injuries or in an older person with arthritis. Their role is to alleviate pain, to improve mobility and to make patients’ lives more comfortable.
It is often a pain syndrome which prompts a visit to the osteopath, who will assess the structure and function of the body mechanics to formulate a diagnosis. Mechanical problems such as joint malalignment results in inflammation, spasm and a neural and circulatory deficit. The gross bony mechanics are assessed as well as the more subtle tissue tensions.
The body tells a story:
Osteopathy is a patient centred therapy, which means no two treatments are the same – the treatment is geared to each patient as an individual.
During a treatment, there are a range of different techniques that may be used. One technique is Cranial Osteopathy, which is a particularly gentle technique that allows the osteopath to read tension and strain patterns in the body and to open a dialogue with the nervous system to restore the body to its optimal state.
What is Cranial osteopathy?
Cranial osteopathy uses the same principles as structural osteopathy, insofar it aims to use the musculoskeletal system of the body to promote well-being and relieve tension and stress. Cranial osteopathy may place emphasis on the tissues of the head, though this is not always the case. Cranial osteopathy also works on the principles that non-invasive, gentle manipulation of joints and tissues can promote overall physical well-being.
Cranial osteopathy is a treatment which is suitable for infants, adults and the elderly.
Neck and Back pain
Osteopathy is well known for its comprehensive approach to neck and back pain. Correcting joint malalignment eases joint inflammation and muscle spasm thus reducing pain. Osteopathic treatment can help restore the body back to health after car accidents, lifting strains, falls and blows to the head, sporting injuries, dental trauma, occupational strains and disc prolapse.
Osteopathic treatment during pregnancy helps the body adapt to postural changes and ensure the pelvis is in optimal balance prior to the birth. Treatment after the delivery is important to restore the mechanics and visceral pelvis to optimum. Retained parturition strains can cause many problems on a long term basis unless they are resolved.
The elderly suffering from arthritis can often gain relief using Osteopathy. Even if the joint has degenerative changes, the osteopath can very often decrease muscle contracture, decompress the joint, ease swelling and pain and improve mobility.