Osteopaths recognise the fact that structure and function are reciprocally interrelated and that the body is a complete unit – therefore on this basis, treatment approaches aim to optimise the musculoskeletal systems and their interfacing elements such as the nerves, blood vessels, lymphatic tissue and other organ systems.
We apply a variety of Osteopathic treatment techniques including:
SOFT TISSUE MANIPULATION & MASSAGE
Is utilised to mechanically stretch the skin, fascia and muscle tissue to enhance their range of motion, improve fluid flow and modulate neural activity to relieve pain and restore function
Is the precise application of very small movements to joints with minimal force which will often produce a “clicking” sound. This modality is used to provide pain relief and optimise motion to stiff and painful joints.
MUSCLE ENERGY TECHNIQUES
Involves applying a gentle stretch by the osteopath, with the patient then gently contracting the muscle against resistance. These techniques are great for lengthening shortened tissue and removing fluid congestion to relieve painful conditions.
Which involves gentle rhythmic movements of limbs whilst the body is positioned in a way that puts tension along specific nerves to improve their mobility and remove any points of adhesion to decrease pain and tingling along the nerves path.
Used in the management of internal organs and the affects they have on the musculoskeletal system through their common interfaces. It involves gentle stretching and mobilisation of the visceral organs.
CRANIAL & INDIRECT TECHNIQUES
Are extremely gentle release techniques where the osteopath holds the body in a position of ease to decrease nerve stimulation and allow structures and fluid to move without interference of the surrounding structures. These techniques are highly suitable for infants, the physically frail and those in extremely acute pain states.
Is an important part of the rehabilitation process, to enhance the manual therapy given and to help prevent reoccurrence of the pain/injury.
Is designed to improve circulation, decrease pain and ease muscle tension
Is the use of tiny hair thin acupuncture needles by qualified practitioners to deactivate trigger points, loosen shortened muscles/connective tissue and improve neurological systems. People experience this treatment modality differently, though most feel no pain at all as the needles are inserted.
Pain during and after pregnancy
Osteopathic treatment is most commonly sought for musculo-skeletal problems such as:
Postural and mobility problems
Back and neck pain
Repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
Osteopathic treatment can also help withproblems such as: