Back and neck pain affects most people at some point in their life. The most common area affected is the lower back but problems can occur anywhere along the spine and symptoms can manifest in areas all around the body. Osteopathy looks at the body as a whole, finding the root cause of the symptoms to treat your condition correctly and give you long lasting results.
Uniquely, Osteopathy does not treat any part of the body in isolation and instead explores the structure of the body to establish the best treatment for long term relief. Most commonly, Osteopaths will treat back pain, but many conditions are improved by Osteopathy such as migraine, sports and work related injury, pregnancy and post-natal strains, digestive problems, unsettled babies, arthritis and muscle and ligament injuries.
When you come to visit the Osteopath, a full case history will be taken and you will have the opportunity to discuss your condition or pain. The Osteopath will then examine you and ask you to carry out some simple movement in order to arrive at a diagnosis.
The Osteopath will help you to understand the diagnosis before carrying out any treatment which will again be explained in detail. Osteopaths use many different techniques including joint articulation to release tension, soft tissue massage, stretching muscles, gentle manipulations to help mobilise joints and relieve pain.
Your Osteopath will offer you advice and an exercise plan in order for you to be proactive about your recovery. If the Osteopath feels that you need further investigation, they will refer you to your GP or for further scans or testing. The Osteopath will clearly explain how many treatments will likely be needed when you come for consultation.