Osteopathy

Osteopathy is an effective and reliable form of treatment for a variety of conditions from back pain and sports injuries, to headaches and digestive problems.

Osteopathy is an officially recognised PRIMARY contact Health Care Profession, a system of manual medicine based on the original discoveries and clinical experiences of its American founder, Dr Andrew Taylor Still (1828 – 1917).

Osteopathy recognises the importance of the link between the structure of the human body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on the body’s skeleton and bone structure, and on the underlying muscles, soft tissue and internal organs.

Osteopaths consider each person as an individual. Using their hands, they identify abnormalities within the human body. Using gentle stretching and mobilising techniques, they work with the body to create the perfect conditions to facilitate the healing process.

At the Oast, we offer both structural and cranial osteopathy. We have male and female osteopaths who offer treatments Monday to Saturday including evenings.

If you are unsure if Osteopathy could help you please call us and speak with an Osteopath who will be happy to advise you.

What can osteopathy benefit?

Osteopathy can help provide relief for the body’s structural, mechanical and functional problems in people of all ages. Here are just a few examples:

  • Headaches
  • Neuralgia and sinus pain
  • Neck pain
  • Spondylosis, tension pains
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Back problems, i.e. sciatica and referred pain
  • Rheumatic and arthritic conditions can also be eased
  • Pregnancy and symptoms associated with this, e.g. nausea, heartburn, backache and pubic pain
  • Sports injuries

We also have a baby and children’s clinic running. If you are unsure whether your child may benefit from osteopathy, please call us to discuss it.

Osteopaths can help treat women throughout their pregnancies to help relieve the symptoms induced by altered posture and weightbearing.

Sometimes, providing a list of conditions that osteopaths can help treat gives a false picture. Osteopaths treat people not conditions. We are able to help in many ways when a person’s function is affected by their structure, however that manifests.

Is osteopathy regulated?

The osteopathic profession in the UK is governed by The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Since 2000, the title “Osteopath” has been protected by law. This means that it is a criminal offence to describe oneself as an osteopath unless registered with the GOsC.

Only practitioners meeting the GOsC’s high standards of competence and safety are eligible to join the register and they must also provide evidence of good health, good character and professional indemnity insurance cover.

For further information regarding the GOsC visit http://www.osteopathy.org.uk/

What can I expect from a visit to an osteopath?

The osteopath will spend time during the initial visit taking a detailed case history. This will involve asking questions about the patient’s current symptoms¬†and also about their general medical history. The patient will usually be asked to undress to their underwear in order for the osteopath to carry out a thorough examination. This will allow a diagnosis and treatment plan to be devised which is tailored to their needs.

Here at The Oast Osteopathy we have male and female osteopaths, so if you prefer one or the other, please discuss this when you book.

Treatment can include a range of stretching, mobilising and manipulative techniques which are designed to help restore normal function and to facilitate the body’s own healing process. The osteopath will explain what will be involved in any treatment and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Will my treatment hurt?

Osteopathic treatment is not usually painful, although the nature of some conditions may induce some discomfort. Many techniques are extremely gentle. In devising a treatment plan, the osteopath will take into account the nature of the symptoms and also the patient’s concerns.

The osteopath will not perform a technique unless the patient is happy for him/her to proceed. Some patients are anxious about the “cracking” of joints. These are known as “High Velocity Thrust” (HVT) techniques and are an effective way of mobilising a joint that is not moving very well. Again, the osteopath will only proceed with such a technique when it is appropriate to do so and with the patient’s permission.

If you do not wish to receive these manipulations, then please discuss this with the osteopath who will be able to carry out other techniques which are equally beneficial.

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