Osteopathy is the modern, scientific development of two of the oldest forms of treatment known to man - soft tissue techniques and manipulation. It is a natural therapy which lays main emphasis on the structural and mechanical problems of the body.
How Common are Problems in the Body Framework?
Damage is occurring to our body's framework every minute of the day. Fortunately for us, our body is designed to repair itself. It is only when the damage is excessive, or when the body's normal defence and repair mechanisms are themselves impaired that disease occurs and treatment is necessary. Even so, backache alone will affect 80% of the population at some time and it is the second greatest cause of lost working hours after bronchitis.
What Conditions do Osteopaths Treat?
Because it is so common, backache accounts for half of our workload. However, many other conditions affect the body frame. Sports injuries, joint pain, heel pain, head pain, postural stress, occupational stress, tension states, bring patients to consult their osteopath.
The late Dr James Cyriax, consultant in Orthopaedic Medicine at St. Thomas' Hospital, London, was largely responsible for developing this system of diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the moving parts of the body (muscles, tendons, ligaments, bursae, and joints). Sadly these methods are not widely taught in orthodox medicine.
Orthopaedic Medicine and Osteopathy
Here the skills of the Orthopaedic Physician / Physician Associate (Shockwave Therapy) may be of help.
Methods of Treatment used in Orthopaedic Medicine
In addition to soft tissue techniques, manipulation and exercises the Orthopaedic Physician may use injections of local anaesthetic and small doses of anti-inflammatory drugs applied to the site of the soft tissue injury.
Find out more about Osteopathic & Orthopaedic Physical Medicine for the over 50's
Initial consultation and treatment £55 per appointment
Follow up treatment £45 per appointment