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.
The body tells a story
By paying attention to the tension patterns held in the body, the osteopath can “read” the story that the body has to tell. The more accurately the osteopath reads the story, the better the problems can be resolved.
Often the tension patterns have been held by the body for long periods of time and may relate to old accidents, injuries or life events, including emotional trauma, which can leave a lasting physical effect. The body can compensate for these, but compensating can put a burden on the body and symptoms will appear sooner or later.
Because the technique is very gentle it can be used for people of all ages. The newborn can benefit enormously from osteopathy which relieves a host of symptoms related to the trauma of birth. Treating children is of paramount importance – Osteopathy can help guide their growth towards its optimum by resolving strain patterns arising from accidents, sports injuries, illness, rapid growth phases and orthodontic work.
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.
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.
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.