Osteopathy is form of manual medicine that focuses on the health of the whole body, not just the injured or affected part. An Osteopath aims to restore the normal function and stability of the joints to help the body heal itself, with the focus being on the joints, muscles, and spine. Manual medicine means that both diagnosis and treatment are carried out with the hands.
Osteopathic Techniques used
Craniosacral Therapy – gentle hands-on technique to examine membranes and movement of fluids in and around the central nervous system
Soft Tissue Manipulation – to release and relax muscles
Articulation – where your joints are moved through their natural range of motion
High-Velocity Thrusts – short, precise movements to the spine, which normally produce a clicking noise similar to cracking your knuckles
Functional Techniques – to ease off acute pain and relax the tissues
Mobilization of stiff joints
Osteopathy isn’t usually painful, although it is not unusual to feel sore or stiff in the first few days after treatment, particularly if you’re having treatment for a painful or inflamed injury.