Osteopathy is the treatment of the person, not just the problem they have come to see me for. Osteopathy may well be ideal for treating muscular and joint problems but this can't be done effectively without first considering the person who has come to see you
It is important to get people out of pain as quickly as possible but long term relief must be the ultimate goal. You have to ask why the pain is there and see it in the context of the whole body, not just the painful area. As an Osteopath I believe that all aspects of health depend on the entire body, and when this goes wrong the body will want to naturally cure itself. Sometimes this does not happen and that is when people seek help. All our body systems are affected in one way or another , and when this becomes too much injury will occur. Returning the bodies structure to normality helps the body resolve the situation much quicker and more completely. My approach is to find the cause, what is generating this person's pain and why. The cause is found by taking a good case history and backing that up by a structured assessment process. This is essential before any treatment starts. Once I find out why I can then advise the client on how to prevent, essential if the client does not want the condition to come back. People consult me after other avenues have drawn a blank, others find me by word of mouth. Sometimes there is a quick fix but mostly it is my aim to achieve as rapid results as possible. I use touch, soft tissue manipulation and joint manipulation to stimulate the body's natural healing mechanism. This boost is the result of decreased muscle tension, better blood supply and nerve function and very often results in more restful sleep. I work with everyone from school children to the retired and professional athletes.