Typically osteopathic treatment uses a range of manual techniques that include everything from soft tissue massage to joint manipulation and Cranial Osteopathy. The treatment will depend on both the ailment and the condition of the patient.
Usually on first consultation the Osteopath will take a detailed case history followed by an examination of the patient's body. The patient may be asked to undress down to their underwear in order for the practitioner to note postural disturbances. This may be followed by assessment of ranges of movement of particular joints in order to diagnose a condition. After diagnosis the Osteopath usually administers treatment, advice and exercises when appropriate. The Osteopath will also give the patient a prognosis of their condition.
Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain
Osteopathy treats these complaints on a daily basis and each one can have different causes. A large number of pains that are exhibited in the legs and arms are caused by neck and back problems. These all require detailed examination and diagnosis.
'Headaches' are very common. After complete assessment of the patients symptom picture the osteopath can use a wide range of techniques to relieve this problem.
Blocked or congested Sinuses respond well to Osteopathic treatment. This particular problem is very amenable to Cranial Osteopathy.
Our joints are an often overlooked part of the musculo-skeletal system while they remain in working order, but when they exhibit dysfunction, they can cause tremendous pain and discomfort. Osteopathy can help to relieve these problems without using invasive methods.
Whilst Arthritis cannot be 'cured' by Osteopathy, the symptoms can be significantly reduced using very gentle techniques.
An osteopath will not treat asthma directly but can work with the patient in order to modify postural changes that have taken place as a result of the body coping with asthma. In addition, treatment can involve rehabilitative exercises that may help in reducing the medications taken in corroboration with the patient's General Practitioner.
Sports injuries respond particularly well to Osteopathy. This is an area that Susan has taken a special interest in. Being a keen skier herself she has seen many other athletes benefit from Osteopathy. This may have prevented patients from undergoing exploratory or curative surgery.
These conditions are a type of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). Whilst the sports of golf and tennis have been around for some time, the human body has not had time to evolve along-side the fast development of equipment. The ergonomic demands placed on the body by driving, office and sporting postures are also of prime importance with these complaints. It is not only golfers and tennis players who suffer. Osteopathy can provide relief from these conditions with simple soft tissue stretches, first aid and exercises as well as advice on playing postures and ergonomic arrangements in the office and in the car.
Badly functioning joints and over-strained musculature can result in Tendonitis. This can be thought of as involving inflammation of the tendon. Osteopathy will reinstate optimum function to the joints as well as decrease inflammatory build. In addition the Osteopath will recommend ways which will prevent the problem from reoccurring.
Contrary to the widely held belief, the problems arising from pregnancy and gynaecological disorders can be treated very effectively by Osteopathy. The Osteopath will assess the function of the spine, pelvis and abdominal areas in order to restore optimum function to the appropriate areas. Techniques using joint manipulation and soft tissue stretch can be very effective. Cranial Osteopathy is another technique that lends itself well to complaints of this nature.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is another common Repetitive Strain Injury to the structures around the wrist. Osteopathy works well on such problems as outlined above.
This and other internal organ problems can be treated by Osteopaths like Susan who have experience in treating these problems.
The musculoskeletal system of lower extremities (legs) are the foundations on which the whole body depends. It is important that problems in the feet, knees and hips are resolved before they have a knock on effect on other joints (in particular the spine). Susan's Biomechanics training is put to good use in this area. In addition Susan is qualified to fit foot orthotics which enables conditions that are not amenable to osteopathy to be successfully helped.