The techniques used in osteopathy release muscle tension, reduce joint stiffness and improve circulation. The techniques may also alter the sensory input to the brain, changing the sensations and perception of pain.
Osteopathic medicine is dedicated to treating and healing the entire patient as a whole, rather than focusing on one system or body part. An Osteopath will often use a treatment method called manipulation, which is a hands-on approach to assure that the body is moving freely. This free motion ensures that all of your body's natural healing systems are free to work unhindered.
Osteopaths believe that a patient's history of illness and physical trauma can be retained in the body's structure. The Osteopath's highly developed sense of touch allows the physician to assess and rebalance the flow of fluids, the motion and texture of tissues, and structural integrity. The Osteopath's intention is to create the conditions which allow the body to heal itself.
Benefits of Osteopathy
Osteopathy supports both those seeking immediate care and those wishing to invest in long-term health solutions. Sessions meet the needs of the individual, regardless of age or condition. Osteopaths treat patients using a holistic approach.
Osteopathy is generally regarded as a therapy for treating musculoskeletal conditions such as back and neck pain, sciatic and shoulder pain. However, Osteopathic treatment can be helpful for problems associated with all areas of the body, including:
Neck and back pain
Repetitive strain injuries
Structural problems in pregnancy
Problems of childhood and infancy
Cranial Osteopathy is a very gentle and powerful speciality within Osteopathy, which is particularly useful for the treatment of infants and children, pregnant women and post partum mothers.
Dr Sutherland discovered that relieving minor "strains" or abnormalities within the motion of the cranial bones and their reflection at the sacrum, produced profound effects on the general health of the individual.
This rhythmic involuntary motion is often called the cranial rhythmic impulse or the involuntary mechanism. The cranial rhythmic impulse is a palpable cyclic wave of motion present throughout the body. It is not a 'movement' like at the knee joint or elbow joint, it is a sense of resilience, yielding or expansion type motion, a rise and fall similar to a tide. This motion takes place within the fluid based systems of the body (particularly the cerebrospinal fluid).
Where the flow of this wave of fluid is blocked, problems may arise. These restrictions impair the body's own inherent healing mechanisms. Restrictions can occur in the central nervous system, lymphatic system, sinuses, joints, fascia, soft tissues and organs craniosacral dysfunction patterns may be found throughout the body.
Whatever sport you participate in, there will be a time when you pick up an injury. Knowing how to treat a sports injury and having it properly assessed will help to speed up the recovery process. Early treatment of sports injuries is extremely important for long-term recovery and rehabilitation. At the Weybridge & Oxford Sports Injury Clinics the practitioners will assess the severity of your sports injury and provide expert treatment and advice.
Sports injuries can be broadly classified as either traumatic or overuse injuries. An injury that occurs as a direct result of a sudden event, such as a sprained ankle caused by twisting awkwardly, is known as an acute injury. In contrast, an injury that is caused by overusing the same muscle group or joints is known as a chronic injury.
Whether your sports injury is acute or chronic, if pain persists, you should seek a specialist’s opinion because you may be hurt more severely than you think. There are many different types of sports injuries, but certain body parts tend to be more prone to injury than others. Poor fitness, technique and structural abnormalities also contribute to the development of sport injuries. Prevention being better than cure. Our aim is to help each individual overcome their moments of vulnerability and injury through trauma or in training and get them back to performing at their best.