An osteopath takes a detailed medical history from the patient followed by a careful examination.
He/she will make a diagnosis of what is causing the symptoms and starts the treatment.
Osteopathic treatment uses a broad range of techniques depending on which system needs attention:
Soft tissue techniques are used such as Muscle-energy techniques (MET) pressure points or fascia techniques for the muscular system.
Mobilisation with high velocity low amplitude (HVT) techniques or more gentle indirect functional techniques of specific joints, such as balance ligamentous tension (BLT).
Visceral techniques when a particular organ or the digestive system is dysfunctional.
As well as more gentle cranial techniques for the regulation of general body’s function of the neurological system and the cardio-vascular system in particular.
This type of treatment is suitable for everyone from newborn babies to the very elderly.
Osteopathy treat a wide variety of musculo-skeletal problems, it also has a role to play in management of a number of other conditions from all ages.
The most common complaints for which patients consult Osteopaths include:
- back and neck pain
- pains in peripheral joints such as shoulders, knees and ankles, tendinitis and muscle strains
- bowel related problems
- reproductive system deficiency
- pain during pregnancy
- post-natal depression
- new born babies (colic, reflux)
- work-related and repetitive strain injuries
- sports-related injuries