Osteopaths are trained to investigate and explore a bigger picture. We are trained to look for the cause of issues using case history, physical examinations and perceptive hands. We look for answers within the body and analyse lifestyle factors that may be contributing to the problem.
Treating the cause of pain, rather than the area of pain.
Osteopaths look at the body as a whole, and are trained to trace symptoms back to their point of origin. Osteopaths often find the area of pain is actually caused by a problem somewhere else in the body.
For example; nagging knee pain might stem from an issue in the ankle, misaligned hips, or a strained ligament around the L3 vertebrae. This imbalance causes the body to favour one side – placing greater pressure on one knee. Which in turn creates discomfort.
In this scenario, osteopaths treat the cause of the pain, i.e. the ankle, hips or vertebrae - as opposed to other health practitioners who might focus on treating the immediate area around the knee pain with massage or another technique.
How do osteopaths treat a patient?
Once the root of the problem has been diagnosed, osteopaths will use a variety of hands-on approaches. Techniques can be used to improve restricted body movement, by applying pressure or a counter-balancing force against the resistance. Other examples are soft tissue manipulation, stretching, myofascial release and improving joint mobilisation using manipulation if required.
Techniques can also be used to help the body correct itself. These approaches can be extremely gentle as the osteopath encourages the natural functions of the body, utilising breathing and improving circulation and nerve health.
What we treat
- Back & Neck Pain
- Knee Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Baby (Colic, Feeding, Unsettled)