What do we treat?
Most people think of us as ‘back specialists’. Back pain is what many Osteopaths treat a lot of the time, though Osteopaths treat all body parts;
- Joint pains.
(General, acute and chronic backache, lumbago, sciatica, rheumatic pains. Frozen shoulder and tennis elbow associated with conditions of the back and neck).
- Generalised aches and pains.
(Muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, neuralgia. Mechanical neck pain and associated headaches. Migraine prevention).
- Arthritic pain.
(e.g. from hip and knee osteoarthritic pain. Rheumatic pain).
- Sports injuries and tensions.
- Circulatory problems.
- Digestive problems.
If you are uncertain if Osteopathy could help please give us a ring and one of our Osteopaths will be happy to discuss your problem.
Cranial Osteopathy is the name of a technique within Osteopathic medicine, which is the use of very gentle pressure on areas of the musculo skeletal system to release unresolved strain and tension in the body. This can be particularly effective when treating babies and small children as during pregnancy and the birth process, the baby can be subjected to enormous forces. Babies heads have a remarkable ability to absorb these stresses in a normal delivery. However, the recovery from these stresses may be incomplete, especially if the birth has been difficult. Cranial Osteopathy can be a particularly effective way to deal with these problems.
Many people with wear and tear, or arthritis are unaware of the relief Osteopathic treatment can provide. Many people have found benefit from hands on treatment while waiting for hip or knee replacements.
The pain is caused as the cartilage begins to wear away and the muscles around the affected joint tighten up to protect it from further damage. Osteopathic treatment gently relieves the muscle tightness, lessens the pressure on the joint, reduces the pain and improves mobility. Treatment will also involve ensuring that other parts of the body are working well to minimise the stress on the damaged joint.
Over 180 million work days are lost each year in Britain through occupational injuries such as back pain and repetitive strain injuries (RSI) at enormous cost to the economy. Injuries are not just disabling for individuals but extremely costly for employers, causing a £5 billion burden on industry.
Poor posture can contribute to daily aches and pain whether you sit at the PC incorrectly, lift heavy loads or drive for prolonged periods. Osteopaths are skilled at discovering underlying causes of occupational injuries and can give advice on correct posture, work station set-up and preventative exercises.
Osteopathy is an ideal treatment for most sports injuries, whether you are an enthusiastic amateur or an elite professional. Regular exercise benefits almost everyone but unfortunately can sometimes result in injuries that prevent individuals from enjoying and continuing with their activity and can reduce optimum performance.
Sports osteopathy looks at injury prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. It is appropriate for those with acute or chronic injuries, regular exercisers or those wishing to begin an exercise programme. Even if you are in doubt of the severity of your injury, it is important to have the problem assessed and treated before a mild twinge becomes a major issue.
As well as treating common sports injuries, osteopathy can help with complaints that may limit performance potential. By addressing the biomechanics of the restricted area, performance and enjoyment of your sport can be greatly enhanced. We treat many of the Bath half marathon runners!