Osteopaths use the spine to diagnose and treat a wide variety of complaints, assessing the main areas of musculoskeletal strain and also which organs of the body are functioning optimally and which may have altered function. Although the spine is the main focus of treatment for osteopaths, all the joints and soft tissues in the body can be assessed and treated with the belief that structure and function are interrelated.
By removing restrictions from the spine and the surrounding soft tissues and joints, irritation to the nerves coming from the spine to the organs, muscles and glands in the body can be stimulated or relaxed and blood circulation can be improved to allow the whole body to work more efficiently. Treatments combine rhythmic movements of the joints, with gentle stretching and soft tissue manipulations and cranial osteopathy which will help to realign the body and relax the nervous system and improve the immune function.
Osteopathy can help people of any age from babies suffering colic and restlessness from birth trauma, it can also benefit toddlers with recurrent ear or chest infections, school children carrying heavy bags, and rebalancing the body after playground injuries will allow healthy spinal development. Students often spend long hours hunched over a computer and will develop muscle tensions as well as the pressure this creates on the internal organs which can cause decreased blood circulation.Tensions build up during life, and aches and pains that we may think we have to live with will greatly benefit from osteopathic treatment, especially if in our working life long hours are spent at the desk or driving. Pregnancy aches and pains and also strains produced during labour can be eased. Arthritic pain in the elderly is regularly alleviated and treated by osteopaths. It may even be prudent to have a yearly spinal checkup.
Bowen Technique is also suitable for all ages from babies to the elderly and consists of gentle precise rolling moves applied over specific areas of the body. The treatment is highly relaxing whilst stimulating the bodies ability to restore its own structural integrity. Frequent pauses between moves allows the patient’s body the time to respond and benefit from each series of moves. Bowen has helped many problems including muscle pains and spasms in the back and neck, whiplash, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and R.S.I.. Patients with M.S. have reproted increased energy and improved flexibility in the limbs. The minimal approach allows people with M. E., tension, stress, depression and fatigue to also respond very favourably. Migraine, headaches, sinus problems, TMJ dysfunction or jaw problems and hayfever have often shown remarkable benefit. Asthma and respiratory difficulties, lymphatic drainage and sponatural36f energy, promote healing, relieve pain and enhance sports performance.
Holisitc Massage also has many benefits. This is one of the oldest and most natural healing arts and the refined touch and varying strokes of the practitioner help to soothe, tone and stimulate repair and regenreate the body tissues and organs. This can leave the recipient feeling lighter, more energetic, uplifted, calm and confident. It is ideal for those wanting a more hands on approach. Treatment aids relaxation and helps to relieve stress and tension, whilst easing muscle stiffness and improves joint flexibility and mobility by increasing blood and lymphatic flow. Holistic Massage will aid the recovery of the body after injury and reduces the formation of excess scar tissue and improve elasticity and tone. Tension related headaches will usually respond to this form of treatment with many pain clinics referring patients suffering headaches for massage. Visceral massage during the session will help to aid digestion and improves elimination of waste, it has also been shown to help reduce high blood pressure. Overall massage reduces anxiety and helps to release blocked emotions and may help to elevate mood.