Osteopathy explores the link between the structure of the human body and the way it functions.
Osteopaths develop a highly sensitive sense of touch and use this to identify problem areas of the body.
Using gentle stretching and mobilising techniques, as well as manipulating joints, an osteopath works with the body to create the perfect conditions to facilitate the healing process.
Treatment usually consists of:
- soft-tissue releasing techniques
- specific adjustments, affecting joints and muscles, tendons and ligaments.
- helping to restore normal joint stability and function
Advice can also be given on self-help treatments.
Osteopaths usually start any treatment by releasing and relaxing muscles and stretching stiff joints, using gentle massage techniques, rhythmic joint movements and muscle release techniques.
The osteopath may also carry out manipulation using short, quick movements to spinal joints.