Osteopaths believe everyone can benefit from a tailored, whole-person approach to health. From supporting mothers and babies; keeping the elderly active and mobile; aiding recovery from muscle and joint injuries, or contributing to the management of chronic long-term conditions, an osteopath will take the time to help you keep healthy and mobile, using expert hands-on treatment, exercise, and health advice.
After your initial examination, your osteopath will discuss the options available to you and together you will decide on an appropriate and suitable treatment plan.
Osteopaths will utilise a wide range of gentle hands-on techniques which will be dependent on your age and diagnosis, together with rehabilitation exercise and advice as relevant, designed to promote and maintain healthy muscles and joints.
This plan may involve several visits and, very occasionally, further tests and/or referrals to your GP or a specialist for additional investigations or treatment.
Children’s requirements differ depending on the stage of their development. As they grow from infants, toddlers, children to teenagers, your osteopath will consider your child’s individual needs, age and stage of development, and adapt their advice and treatment accordingly. It is important to check that the osteopath is specially trained in paediatric care before attending with your child.
Yes, absolutely. Ageing does not necessarily mean that we will experience discomfort, pain or stiffness. If you do notice changes which are impacting your physical abilities, many people often find that the care and advice from an osteopath can help you manage these allowing you to enjoy the pleasures of life into your later years.
Many people also find it helpful to talk to an osteopath about ways of keeping active, preventing common problems such as falls, or managing conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatic pain and osteoporosis.
It is common to feel some minor discomfort after training, as the body takes a little time to recover and adapt to the demands of activities. Soreness often quickly resolves itself but occasionally, may persist for more than a few days or make it difficult for you to continue your normal activities. In these instances, you may want to seek advice from an osteopath. The good news is that although sports injuries are common, those who are active and have experience of following exercise routines may find they recover more quickly and easily from their injuries.
Whether you work at a desk or have a more physical occupation, your job may expose you to stresses and strains that can cause you pain and discomfort. Habitual poor posture, prolonged sitting at a desk, driving long distances, awkward lifting and carrying, or extended periods of repetitive motion can contribute to daily aches and discomfort in the workplace and beyond.
Common musculoskeletal conditions such as back and neck pain, joint and muscle discomfort, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow to name a few, can be experienced. Furthermore, workplace stress can also increase the amount of pain you feel by causing muscle tension and spasms.
It is natural to worry about your symptoms and the cause of pain and discomfort. Osteopaths have a well-deserved, evidence-based reputation for providing care, management and advice, designed to relieve pain and aid you in your recovery, allowing you to return to work as soon as you are able.
Osteopaths have a well-deserved, evidence-based reputation for expertise in the treatment of muscle and joint pain, often referred to as musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. From back pain to frozen shoulder, tennis elbow to tendinopathies to arthritic conditions, and every muscle and joint in between, osteopaths will undertake a thorough examination to establish the cause of your issue and provide a package of care and advice tailored to your needs.
Your osteopath will also work with other specialist healthcare professionals such as consultants, rheumatologists, and orthopaedics where a multidisciplinary approach to patient care is required.
Whether a minor niggle or something that feels more substantial, it’s always good to visit a specialist MSK healthcare professional to seek advice.
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