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Osteopathy can be used to treat many different conditions it's not just for backs! Please see the Home Page for a list of some conditions we can treat. Osteopaths consider the muscles, joints, ligaments, bones and visceral organs when examining, making a diagnosis and deciding on the type of treatments which will be most beneficial.
Osteopaths work holistically so they look at the person as an indiviual, taking into account their age, health, lifestyle etc and tailor the treatment to fit them. They use a variety of techniques which can vary between different osteopaths but they include massage, mobilisation, manipulation, visceral and cranial.
The osteopath will try to get to the root of the problem rather than just treating the symptoms. They will look at your lifestyle, exercise or lack of it, occupation, posture and diet. By making changes in one or all of these factors you may prevent the pain returning or reduce the symptoms and pain.
Cranial Osteopathy for children and adults
Cranial Osteopathy is a very gentle form of osteopathic treatment. Osteopaths are trained to feel subtle movements present in the body called "involuntary motion". The skull, made up of 26 small interlocking bones, changes shape slightly to allow for the involuntary movement to occur. These movements may be restricted if stresses and strains are present. The osteopath uses very light manipulative pressure to release them and help to restore the natural equilibrium. It is very effective in people of all ages but as it is so gentle it is very suitable for treating babies and children.
During the birth process the soft bones in the baby's skull overlap to make the head smaller. Some babies are born with odd shaped heads but this is usually undone through the processes of feeding, crying and yawning. If it is retained this can lead to problems such as crying, feeding difficulties, sickness, colic and sleep disturbances. As the child grows it can lead to ear infections, sinus problems, headaches and behavioural problems. Cranial osteopathy can help by reducing the tensions in the body and relieving pressures on the nerves. Some patients may feel sleepy after the treatment others have a burst of energy often followed by a good night’s sleep.
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Osteopathy for pregnancy
Women’s bodies are wonderful at adapting to the changes in structure which affect the female body during pregnancy. The hormone Relaxin, which is produced by the placenta during pregnancy, increases the elasticity of the ligaments and soft connective tissue. This increases the flexibility of the spinal and pelvic joints and allows for the expansion of the surrounding ligaments in preparation for the delivery of the baby. Some women do experience pain and discomfort in their back, groin, buttock or leg, often called sciatica, which osteopathy can help with. Osteopaths can help with advice regarding posture and exercise during pregnancy. Osteopathy can also help to ease the other effects of pregnancy such as heartburn, indigestion and constipation. They can advise about positions during labour to prevent back problems later on. It is advisable to return for a check-up for the baby and mother following the delivery. Women may experience pain and discomfort post-natally. This may be due to their position whilst feeding and carrying the baby. Osteopathy can help to reduce this and exercises can help to retrain the muscles and ligaments.
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