What is Osteopathy?
As osteopaths we believe that by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints we can help detect, treat and preventing health problems. Musculoskeletal conditions such as lower back pain, neck pain or shoulder issues can all be helped with osteopathic treatment. These issues can vary from general aches & pains to overuse injuries or symptoms from a specific trauma. Osteopathy uses a hands-on approach to treatment; the examination and treatment are done through the osteopath’s palpation (soft touch).
Osteopaths usually use a combination of techniques to help treat your symptoms, most commonly stretching and massage of the muscles & articulation and manipulation of the joints. Here at Bright Osteopathy we also use Western Acupuncture techniques and cranial osteopathic techniques when we think the patient will benefit from these treatments. All of these techniques aim to improve function, mobility and circulation, which then allows the body to start to recover.
The philosophy of Osteopathy is what sets it apart from other medical disciplines. Its key principles rely on all parts of the body functioning together in a complimentary manner. If one part of the body is limited, then the rest of the body adapts around the restricted part and compensates for this.
Here at Bright Osteopathy we treat a wide range of issues – please see the list below, although this isn’t exhaustive.
The aim of cranial osteopathic treatment is to address the stresses and strains within the cranium and the rest of the body and encourages these stresses to release allowing the body to function better. A key osteopathic principle is that structure governs function, so therefore if the physical structures in your body are in a state of balance and harmony it will be able to function at its best. Cranial osteopathic treatment is just one way an osteopath may help your body function at its best.