What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a systematic form of diagnosis and treatment that recognises the individual structural and functional integrity of the body.

Osteopathy treats
  • Acute and Chronic Back Pain
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Sports Injuries
  • Trapped Nerves
  • Whiplash Associated Disorders
  • Arthritic/Rheumatic Pain
  • Headaches
  • Muscle Strain
  • Ligament Sprain
  • Pre and Post Natal Problems
  • Postural Disorders
  • Immobility

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy is an extremely refined and gentle approach to Osteopathic treatment.  It was developed by Dr. William Garner Sutherland DO in the early twentieth century to allow the release of stresses developed throughout the body.

Osteopaths that practise cranial Osteopathy are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical change in shape of all body tissues, described as involuntary motion. Tension in the body disrupts this involuntary motion. Practitioners of Osteopathy compare what your rhythm is doing to what they consider ideal. This shows them what stresses and strains your body is under at present, and what tensions it may be carrying as a result of its past history. It also gives Osteopaths an insight into the overall condition of your body, for example if it is healthy, or stressed and tired.

This approach can be used for all ages but, in particular, is extremely helpful in treating babies and young children.

Accumulation of stress and strain in the body

When we experience physical or emotional stress our body tissues tend to tighten up. The body may be able to adapt to these effects at the time, but lasting strain patterns often remain, and restrict its free movement.  Gradually the body may find it more and more difficult to cope with accumulated stress and symptoms may develop. Osteopathy aims to target these areas of tension and strain to provide relief.

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