Osteopathy

 

What is Osteopathy ?

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical complaints.  It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principal that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscle, ligament and connecting tissues functioning smoothly together.

 

Osteopathic treatment

Osteopathic treatment involves work on the soft tissues, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of the joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to the tissues, and to help your body's own healing mechanism.  Corrective strengthening and stretching exercises are recommended as well as other self help procedures.

 

What do Osteopaths treat ?

Some typical conditions treated include;

  • back shoulder & neck pain
  • sports injuries 
  • sciatica   
  • repetitive strain injuries 
  • trapped nerves
  • tennis elbow
  • knee pain
  • frozen shoulder
  • foot problems
  • whiplash
  • hip problems
  • golfer's elbow
  • tendonitis 


Muscle Activation

Muscle activation is a way of balancing the body's musculo-skeletal function and helps to prevent future injuries.

Sometimes our muscles are a split second slow at activating when we ask them to, for example, when we are walking, the core or stabilising muscles in the leg that we are standing on have to work the instant we ask them to.  If one or more of the muscles are late in 'fireing up' or 'switching on' a strain can occur in other muscles, ligaments and joints, or any combination of these.  This then leads to strain or injury resulting in pain.  

If a stabilising muscle isn't doing its job properly, then another muscle has to take over, so for example, if the hip flexors aren't firing up quickly enough, the front thigh muscle takes over to stabilise the hips and pelvis when their main job is to stabilise the knee.  Then other muscles have to help to stabilise the knee and become less efficient at their own function and so it goes on.

Muscle activation is a way of firing up the muscles so that the muscle that should stabilise us, do so when they are asked and the muscles that move our body and limbs can do their job, without having to do the job of stabilising us.

To activate the body as a whole requires a separate session to the treatment session and may take several for the muscles to activate fully. 

 

Functional Fascia Taping (FFT)

Fascia is a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily made up of collagen fibres beneath the skin that attaches, stabilises, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs.  Fascia is classified by layer, as superficial fascia, deep fascia and visceral or parietal fascia or by their functions and anatomical location.  

Many problems thought to be muscle, ligament or joint pains can be caused by tightening or strain to the fascia and applying a taping, a certain way, can ease the pain of superficial fascia problems.  In conjunction with treatment FFT can be very effective at speeding up recovery times.

 

 

 

All Osteopaths in the UK must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), which sets and promotes high standards of competency, and safety.