Osteopaths specialise in the diagnosis, management and treatment of physical health. By law all Osteopaths are registered qualified professionals.
It is a natural medicine that aims to restore function in the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalance. Osteopathy is unique to the individual. Treatment is focused on optimising the function of the body by a range of osteopathic approaches including massage, acupuncture, skilled manual manipulations (of both fascia and bone) as well as mindfulness-based management.
Osteopathy is the science of connection. Not just what is wrong but why it has gone wrong, why this problem and why now? Osteopaths are medically trained hence they have the knowledge to make sound clinical judgement in recognising cases that require referral for more investigation or additional professional support. If we diagnose your situation as serious we can work alongside your GP/consultant so that strong modern medicines may not be required or so you can cope longer before surgery. Osteopathy gives your body the best chance of a natural recovery as it enables health from within.
Natural Medicine is a term used to convey the idea that with an osteopathic treatment, nothing is added (medications or remedies) or subtracted (surgery) from the body. Instead, the osteopathic philosophy embraces the notion that the body is naturally able to heal itself. The practitioner of Osteopathy works with the body to enhance this natural ability to self-regulate and self-heal.
Palpation (sometimes referred to as listening) is a diagnostic skill that the Osteopath uses to feel or sense the state of the tissues or systems being examined. This encompasses the many sensory aspects of touch, such as the ability to detect textures, temperature or density differentials and subtle motions. This ability to detect almost imperceptible differences provides the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner with the capability of perceiving the inherent motion present in all living organisms. This palpatory ability is not a gift — rather it is a trained skill that takes years to develop.
The ability to detect minute modifications in the quality of the tissues is the assessment skill that allows the Osteopathic Manual Practitioners to help prioritize a patient’s course of treatment. These tissue qualities include congestion, dehydration, scarring, stiffness, density or loss of resilience, as well as motility that is an infinitesimal movement inherent to all living tissues. It is this sensing of the quality of the tissue, in combination with the position, mobility and vitality of the tissues, that allows the Osteopathic Manual Practitioners to determine the tissues or systems that need immediate attention.
Medical Acupuncture is a technique used by physicians based on the structure and function of the body. It is one of the safest medical treatments, both conventional and complementary, on offer in the UK (ref BMJ papers 2001; 323: 486-487).
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