Conditions Treated

Osteopathy aims to improve many musculoskeletal conditions throughout the body - those affecting the bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Here are a few examples

Low Back Pain

The most common complaint, suffered by many people at some point in their lives. Osteopaths are trained to reduce the pain as quickly as possible and help the long term health of the spine to reduce the chances of problems recurring. Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommend osteopathy for low back pain

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Trapped Nerves

For example: sciatica, pins and needles, pain and some types of headache. These problems can respond well to gentle osteopathic manipulation and soft tissue techniques. Exercise and lifestyle advice can help to prevent future flare-ups.

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Joint Pain

An osteopath's detailed knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and orthopaedic testing enables him or her to rapidly diagnose, treat and rehabilitate a variety of joint problems from acute joint sprains to chronic wear and tear or arthritis

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Ligament Injuries

Ligaments in the lumbar spine are extremely strong, nevertheless people still manage to injure them. Often this is caused by a ‘slow strain’ sitting or lying for a long period in a awkward position, putting a prolonged pressure on the same part on the spine. Occasionally we injure them doing sports-perhaps an overreaching and twisting to get that tennis return in!

Ligament injuries need to be well managed and treated, although the pain may subside within ten days (sometimes longer) it takes a while for the ligament to strengthen. 

Ligament injuries respond well to (among other things) ultrasound treatment.

Alignment

Our bodies are finely balanced to deal with a huge amount of use and abuse. Sometimes with back pain we can’t quite put a finger on it. When we ask ‘where does it hurt?’ we ofter hear ‘not sure, it’s sort of around here’. 

This can be a sign that your body is not in its best alignment, maybe you are standing or sitting sideway or twisted. There can be many causes. This may result in a twist through the pelvis or an apparent shortening of one leg. Keeping 23 freely moving vertebra all stacked up well on top of a mobile pelvis can need a little help!

All of these sprains put undue pressure on the spine, causing aches and pains. Our expertise is in being able to identify these twists and improve your alignment and balance.

Headaches

Headaches which are caused by shoulder, neck and head tension, tightness and restrictions are very common. Referred to as Tension Type Headaches (TTH) these are the type of headached which we as osteopaths can help. 

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Sports Injuries

A good understanding of both the type and level of sport is required to ensure where possible that training and fitness are not compromised while the injury is being treated and rehabilitated. Kevin has a broad range of experience in this field.

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Cranial Osteopathy

Emma and Joanna have completed postgraduate course work in cranio-sacral osteopathy.

Pregnancy

Gentle osteopathic treatment can help with the asociated ligamentous laxity (loosening of the joints) which can result in joint or muscle pain and sciatica as the body rapidly changes to accommodate the growing baby.

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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis usually start gradually, you barely notice it, certainly most people don’t recall injuring it. The ball and socket joint in the shoulder is surrounded by a bag (capsule). This bag is starting to stick to itself, causing tightness, loss of movement and pain.

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Rotator Cuff and Impingement Injuries

We treat several cases of rotator cuff injuries every week, but what exactly is it?

The shoulder, like the hip joint, is a ball in socket joint. But the shoulder can move far more than the hip and it achieves this by by having a very shallow socket. So rather than being a tight fitting ball in socket it’s more like having a tennis ball in a bowl.
And this is where the rotator cuff comes in. The rotator cuff (or RC) is a network of four muscles (infraspinatus, supraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor) connecting the shoulder blade (scapula) to the arm bone (humerus) via some tendons.

The rotator cuff acts like a series of kite strings, controlling the flight, in this case controlling the movement of the ball in the socket. Effectively stopping the ball from rattling around in the socket.

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Other Problems Treated by Osteopaths

Generalised aches and pains, joint pain arising from knee and hip osteoarthritis, arthritic pain, neck pain, headaches, frozen shoulder, elbow pain, circulatory problems, cramp, digestion problems, joint pain, lumbago, muscle spasms, neuralgia, fibromyalgia, rheumatic pain, sports injuries.

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