What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a science that dates back to the 19th century. It recognises the importance of the link between the structure of the body, and the way in which it functions.
By assessing the body in postural and mechanical movements, diagnosis and treatment can be established. This aids the body through a natural drug free healing process. The osteopath uses manipulation, mobilisation, dry needling, soft tissue and stretching techniques to help heal the body.
What conditions can be treated with Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is well known to provide relief for back and neck pain, but it can also help with other conditions;
- Sports injuries
- Joint pain
- Muscle tension
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Arthritic pain
- Pregnancy and post labour back care
- Postural Pain
What to expect at one of our treatment sessions
First consultation with the osteopath they will take a full history of the complaint, medical information and lifestyle. Next, an assessment of movement and posture is undertaken where the patient may be asked to remove some items of clothing. This will also include gentle touch to assess any changes in the musculo-skeletal or visceral systems. Specific tests and medical assessments may also be performed; this allows full diagnosis and a treatment plan which the osteopath will then implement using various gentle techniques.
While the name of the procedure may sound intimidating, dry needling is safe, minimally discomforting, and often an effective technique for patients with certain musculoskeletal presentations. Dry needling is a treatment performed by skilled, trained physical therapists, certified in the procedure. A thin monofilament needle penetrates the skin and treats underlying muscular trigger points for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
So, what is a trigger point? A trigger point is a local contracture or tight band in a muscle fiber that can disrupt function, restrict range of motion, refer pain or cause local tenderness. When dry needling is applied to a dysfunctional muscle or trigger point, it can decrease banding or tightness, increase blood flow, and reduce local and referred pain.
This is different to acupuncture which is based on Eastern medicine, whereas dry needling is based on western medicine including evaluation of movement patterns, posture, and orthopaedic tests. It is rarely a stand-alone procedure and is used in conjunction with other manual therapy techniques incorporating other traditional interventions such as manipulations.
Dry needling can be used for a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints including neck and shoulder pain, headaches, low back and hip pain, sports injuries and calf/heel pain. Our osteopath Jonathan has a wealth of experience using dry needling techniques and can discuss with you within your assessment whether this will be a good intervention for you.
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