Osteopathy is a system of manual therapy that is recognized as part of the national health system in many western countries. It encourages the body to move as freely and as pain-free as possible and aims to restore normal function to affected structures - nerves, joints, muscles, etc.
In addition to common tests recognized and used by most manual therapists for diagnosis, we use touch, movement & observation to diagnose and treat physiological or mechanical disturbances in the body. Our treatments may include spinal and peripheral joint manipulation, soft tissue techniques and cranial osteopathy.
Treatments are thorough and broad ranging, & are more effective because they don't just focus on the painful area, but also look at other factors contributing to the problem.
Some therapies rely on spinal manipulation while others are more exercise based with a small amount of direct treatment. Osteopathy differs in the amount of hands on treatment done in any one visit, and also the variety of techniques used to restore health to different structures.
We also suggest exercises to help to prevent problems and maintain improvements achieved through treatment.