History

 





Osteopathy was founded in North America  by Dr. Andrew T. Still  in the late 1800's.

Osteopathy is the science of Human mechanics which explores the relationship between body structures and their function.

Osteopathy is a natural therapy. It is a manual medicine based on the relationship between the structure and function of the human body.

Osteopaths are like car mechanics, in that they rebalance and fine tune the body, so that it lasts longer and runs more efficiently.

The basic principles of Osteopathy are:



The body has an inherent ability to maintain itself in a state of health

Structure governs function - i.e. if an area of the body is not structurally sound, it cannot function normally

Function affects structure - i.e: If an organ is in dysfunction, it will disturb the normal mobility of the spinal segment that it relates with...

An area of the body receiving poor blood supply is liable to develop disease.

Osteopathy is aimed at treating the whole person, however patients come to the centre with certain conditions as listed below:


Back pain,  persistent or chronic pain anywhere in the body

 Neck Pain

 Frozen Shoulder

 Arthritis

 Sciatica

 Whiplash

 Injuries

 Spinal Curvatures

 Headache/migraine

 Sinusitis

 Falls and accidental injuries

 Tension

 Anxiety

 Insomnia

 Stress

 Gynaecological problems

 Digestive problems

 Period pains

 Problems /pains during  and after pregnancy

 Post viral syndrome

 Glandular Fever



However, nothing in this site should be taken as a claim to cure a specific condition.
 
 
 

WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR FIRST VISIT?


A Detailed History

On your first visit we begin by taking a detailed history, including any previous medical reports and tests.


General Examination

 This involves looking at the shape of the body, the tension in the muscles and the general range of movement.

An overall analysis of posture is fundamental to understanding the problem and how to treat it.


Physical Examination 

The physical examination involves gentle contact with our hands on the body.

This enables us to determine areas of tension. Skin colour and temperature, reflexes, muscle tone and the range of joint movement assist us.

An assessment of the systems of the body, such as the cardiovascular system, intestinal system, nervous system etc., may follow as required.


Working Diagnosis

From these three sources of information (history, general examination and physical examination) osteopaths form a 'working diagnosis'.


Treatment

Using very gentle palpation techniques, we then bring about a response from the body to release areas of tension that may be impeding vital neural, circulatory or lymph flow. This allows the body to function without the impediments that have led to, or may lead to illness.

We are freeing up the body's own capacity for healing and thereby maximizing your own potential for health.


Schedule of visits

Where an injury or illness exists, several treatments may be necessary. Treatments are usually scheduled at least one week apart. This gives the body time to go through a therapeutic response and then settle again before the next treatment.

Subsequent treatments will be scheduled as the need arises.

Number of treatments will vary according to the patient and the symptoms.


Duration of visits

Visits usually last for about forty minutes... sometimes a little more...

 

Child friendly

The Osteopathic Centre  is a child friendly practice!