What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit. Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in your body. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as gentle spinal manipulation and mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) and stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues.
Osteopaths treat of a wide variety of musculoskeletal problems, but also have a role to play in the management of a number of other conditions. The most common complaints for which patients consult Osteopaths include:
- Back pain, including disc injuries, muscle tears and scoliosis
- Sciatica (pain or altered sensation to the leg)
- Neck pain, whiplash, headaches and migraines
- Gut, bone and nerve pain
- Pains in peripheral joints such as knees, ankles, elbows and shoulders (including rotator cuff pain and frozen shoulder syndrome)
- Arthritic pain
Sports related injuries, including tendonitis, muscle strain and deep bruising
- Work related and repetitive strain injuries
- Post surgical pain
- Osteopathy can also play a significant role in pain management or when used in conjunction with medical treatment.
Many mothers-to-be find Osteopathic treatment very beneficial both to reduce back pain during pregnancy and also to help prepare the body for birth. In addition, there is a wide variety of gentle non-manipulative techniques for use on infants and small children.
Osteopathic treatment techniques used by Dr Hart include:
- Passive and active gentle spinal and joint manipulation
- Mobilisation of muscles, tendons and ligaments
- Counterstain techniques
- Muscle Energy Techniques
- Pelvic balancing
- Craniosacral balancing
- Myofascial release
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