OSTEOPATHY AND PHYSIOTHERAPY TREATMENT

Therapies we offer can have similarities (we know this can be confusing!).
If you are unsure what type of treatment is best for you, please book a free 15 minute telephone consultation to discuss.

OSTEOPATHY

  • Osteopathy is a well established and recognised system of diagnosis and treatment with emphasis using hands on, drug free therapy to help restore the structure and function of the body to enable healing.

  • Osteopaths treat a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints across the whole body.

  • Treatment is based on a holistic approach to restore function by improving quality and range of movement. This creates the optimal conditions to encourage the healing process and reduce pain and discomfort.

  • Psychological and lifestyle factors are considered in helping to reduce a patients symptoms.

  • Mechanical, functional and postural assessment is performed during the treatment.

  • Manual methods of treatment are used to suit the individual patient. These can include stretching, movement based techniques, resistance and joint manipulation techniques (using very fast movements aimed at specific joints to improve joint mobility).

  • Advice and exercises can be prescribed to support better function.

  • Osteopaths treat people of all ages, including through pregnancy and sports.

  • Training includes a 4/5 year university degree with 1000+ hours of clinical practice during this time.

  • Osteopathy is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) for lower back pain. Osteopathy is a safe, natural and effective form of therapy.

  • Osteopaths are registered with/regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).

PHYSIOTHERAPY

  • Physiotherapy is a well established method of helping to restore movement and function when someone is affected by illness, injury or disability.

  • Physiotherapy helps reduce risk of future injuries as well as improving physical activity through use of muscle strengthening which supports the joints.

  • Treatment involves use of movement, tailored education, exercise and activity advice to improve health and mobility. It may also include hands on therapy using soft-tissue techniques to help relieve pain and stiffness.

  • Advice includes posture, correct lifting and carrying techniques to improve quality of movement.

  • Acupuncture can also be used which stimulates nerves under the skin and in muscles. This results in the body producing pain-relieving endorphins.

  • Acupuncture is currently recommended by NICE as a treatment option for chronic tension-type headaches and migraines. It is often used for other conditions including chronic neck and joint pain.

  • Physiotherapists are registered with/regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).