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Osteopaths Treat More Than You Think

  • Headaches

  • Sprained ankle

  • Hip pain

  • Sports injuries

  • Arthritis

  • Jaw pain

  • Golf or tennis elbow

  • Shoulder pain

  • Pregnancy related pain

  • Heel pain

  • Foot pain

  • Whiplash

  • Scoliosis

  • Sciatica

  • Neck pain

  • 'Pinched nerve'

  • Shin splints

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

Osteopaths are highly trained to manually locate points of restriction or excessive strain in various parts of the body. Using a finely tuned sense of touch or palpation, the osteopath will assess the spine, joints, muscles and tendons.

 

An osteopath may also refer for blood tests or X-rays to confirm findings, or review existing diagnostic results where available.

 

Treatment could include such techniques as soft tissue massage & stretching to increase blood flow and improve flexibility of joints and muscles; articulation to mobilise joints by being passively taken through their range of motion; muscle energy techniques (MET), to release tightness on the muscles by alternatively being stretched and made to work against resistance and joint manipulation to free up restrictions of joint play and accessory motions.


If the diagnosis is one that requires further investigation or specialist intervention, an osteopath will suggest a referral to an appropriate practitioner. Osteopaths often treat in conjunction with a GP, dentist, podiatrist or other health care professional.

 

Because osteopathy emphasises self-healing, an osteopath may also advise dietary changes, home exercise programs and lifestyle adjustments. All treatment programs are highly individualised and depend on the patient's current condition, past history, and ability to adapt to change. Most simple problems often require only 3-4 treatments.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is the use of solid filiform needles (the same used in acupuncture) for therapy of muscle pain, sometimes also known as intramuscular stimulation.

 

Dry needling targets the trigger points, which is the direct and palpable source of patient pain, rather than the traditional “meridians”, accessed via acupuncture.

 

Trigger point dry needling is a treatment that addresses dysfunction of the neuromuscular system. When muscles develop trigger points, they neurologically remain tight causing local compression of vascular, neurological and joint/biomechanical structures hampering the normal function of that tissue. All tissues distal to the involved nerve will likely be involved. If you adequately release the muscle, the tissues then are allowed to assume normal function with improved neurological conduction and vascularity.

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Remedial Massage

 

Remedial massage is a deep massage to create the conditions for the body’s return to normal health after injury or with muscular-skeletal disorders.

 

Deep tissue massage removes blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions left after injury, speeds up recovery and encourages more complete healing.

 

Remedial massage is also used for conditions created by lifestyle for example repetitive strain, postrual strain and recovery from exercise.

 

It is designed to increase the flow of blood and lymph particularly in the injured areas.

 

Remedial massage is also safe during pregnancy and can help relieve those aching lower back, legs and middle back that pregnant women come to expect