Osteopathy: Osteopathy is a system of assessing, diagnosing, treating and preventing a wide range of health problems. We are commonly known for treating back pain and postural problems including changes due to pregnancy, caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.
Osteopathy consists of:
- Massage, from gentle stretching and easing techniques for sensitive and irritable tissues, through to stronger myofascial release and deep friction for chronic fibrous tissue and some sports injuries.
- Articulation and stretching to improve flexibility and restore a better physiological function to the joints and spine.
- Traction to stretch and decompress the neck and lumbar spine.
- Mobilisation techniques ranging from specific localised repeated toggling to high velocity, low amplitude manipulations which give the distinctive ‘clicking’ or ‘popping’ sound when the joint releases.
- Exercises, postural advice and self-help information to enable you to maintain the improved mobility between treatments and to prevent further problems in future.
- An Osteopathic treatment may include some of each of these, depending on the problem, the severity of the pain and disability, and the age and fragility of the patient.
Listed below are the type joint and muscle conditions that Osteopaths commonly treat.
- Back pain
- Foot and ankle pain
- Hand and elbow pain
- Hip pain
- Shoulder pain
- Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow
Patients have also found osteopathy helpful for conditions such as digestive issues, circulatory problems, neuralgia and problems sleeping. Our patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people.
We are trained to check for signs of serious conditions we cannot treat. In these circumstances, we will inform you of what we believe is the problem and refer you to see your GP for further investigations.
If you want to find out more, we will be happy to talk to you about your health and how you may benefit from osteopathic treatment.
Cranial Osteopathy: Cranial osteopathy is an extremely gentle type of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head. It is sometimes referred to as Craniosacral or Cranio sacral therapy.
Medical Acupuncture: A technique using acupuncture needles to treat specific painful areas of muscle spasm, called ‘Trigger Points’. It is particularly helpful for pain relief.
Medical Acupuncture can help with:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Tennis Elbow
Jane O'Connor is a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS)
The British Medical Acupuncture Society is a registered charity established to encourage the use and scientific understanding of acupuncture within medicine for the public benefit. It seeks to enhance the education and training of suitably qualified practitioners, and to promote high standards of working practices in acupuncture. Members are regulated healthcare professionals who practice acupuncture within the scope of their professional practice.