THE OSTEOPATHIC HOUSE
WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?

“To Know a bone in its entirety is to close both ends of an eternity”
So speaks the words of AT Still, founder, philosopher and champion of Osteopathy.

In short, Osteopathy is based on the fact that when you are structurally integrated your body functions well. The Osteopaths job is to see that your body is structurally sound and stays that way. When you present to the Osteopathic house, be sure that you won't surprise us and we will do our up most to treat you immediately in house or find someone that can.

The Osteopathic HouseAccording to the ASA 2016 Osteopaths are effective and registered to treat amongst other things

  • Arthritic pain
  • Circulatory problems
  • Cramp
  • Digestion problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
  • Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
  • Joint pains
  • Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
  • General, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)
  • Generalised aches and pains
  • Inability to relax
  • Lumbago
  • Migraine prevention
  • Minor sports injuries and tensions
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neuralgia
  • Inability to relax
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Sciatica
  • Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)

History of Osteopathy

A system of therapy founded by Andrew Taylor Still (1828 - 1917) and based on the theory that the body is capable of making its own remedies against disease and other toxic conditions when it is in normal structural relationship and has favourable environmental conditions and adequate nutrition. It utilizes generally accepted physical, medicinal, and surgical methods of diagnosis and therapy, while placing chief emphasis on the importance of normal body mechanics and manipulative methods of detecting and correcting faulty structure. (Dorland`s Medical Dictionary, 28th Ed, 1994)

What happens at the Osteopaths?

Generally, the patient should be able to sit and rest in the waiting room five minutes or so before treatment. This allows them to settle down, unwind and start to enable their body to be more receptive to mechanical work.

For new patients a full case history will be taken and any prior examinations, x-rays etc. will be taken into consideration. After the history the patient will be asked to change down to their undergarments to allow us to look at the presenting problem. (For patients that feel uncomfortable about standing in underwear etc. feel free to wear shorts and a baggy t-shirt and we can work around the area). The patient will than be asked to undertake some movement to gather information on posture and any restrictions that may be present.

A detailed passive examination will be done and the diagnosis will be discussed. It is at this stage that treatment will begin.

How does an Osteopath Treat?

Using gentle soft tissue and manipulation the body's framework is carefully encouraged to return to its correct structure. At ‘The House' we have two osteopaths using techniques ranging from the ‘classical' approach to cranial sacral manipulation. The full structure is taken into account and although you may present with headaches it may be coming from a shoulder of pelvic imbalance.