Some patients already have prior knowledge of osteopathy, while
others may be a little less sure.
This introduction aims to put you at ease by describing what
osteopathy is, what treatment might involve and how it might benefit you.
Developed in America in the late 1800's, osteopathy is a non-invasive, drug free manual medicine. Treatment aims to optimise the function of respiratory, circulatory, neuro-endocrine, lymphatic and musculoskeletal systems. The objective of which is to harmonise mind, body and spirit, making osteopathy a truly holistic therapy.
To affect the various body systems osteopaths use manual techniques to influence the body. The amount of intervention is sometimes very small but can be more depending on what is required.
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Your first treatment will involve taking a comprehensive case history, testing to see what the problem is, what caused it and any factors maintaining it. We will then discuss an appropriate treatment plan or a referral if necessary.
This will involve discussing details about your current complaint, and your expectations. Edward will take details of any current medical conditions or medications, and cover your medical history, also covering and relevant family medical history.
In order to explore why your particular complaint has occurred a thorough assessment is required. This will involve using the sense of touch to test how various muscles, bones, joints, ligaments and connective tissue are moving.
In order for testing to occur you will be asked to undress as appropriate. Tis commonly involves undressing to your underwear, so that areas contributing to your current complaint can also be assessed e.g low back and sacrum. Please wear appropriate underwear, or shorts.
Having tested as necessary we will know treatment is appropriate at this stage or not. Usually treatment is appropriate and involves various gentle techniques to allow your body to heal. The job of the osteopath is to to as little as possible for the maximum effect. Your treatment options and plan will be discussed in detail.
We will also discuss how your symptoms may affect you in the short, medium and long term, empowering you to make the changes you may need to improve your condition. We will discuss changes you could make to your lifestyle, exercise plans and other changes to your lifestyle that could make your life easier.
Patients seeking osteopathic treatment range from newborn babies, young children to adults. People from all professions seek treatment from manual and office workers, sports professionals and tradesmen to artists and musicians. There are many opportunities throughout life, at all ages and in whatever we do for us to sustain an injury, or illness which osteopathy may be able to help. Osteopathic treatment also aims to help the body unload its stresses and strains to promote health.
"Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries"
The dramatic changes pregnancy presents the body with, make it very important to ensure that the leg muscles, lumbar spine and lumbar muscles are functioning optimally. Cranial treatment can also be beneficial to help balance the hormone shift in the body between the brain and pelvis.
Both mid-back and low-back pain can be a feature later in pregnancy due to ligamentous changes. In late stage pregnancy, when the rate of bodily change rapidly increases, the pelvic muscles and connective tissue adapt to facilitate change, sometimes resulting in back pain and sciatic-type pain. Throughout pregnancy Edward can support your body as it changes.
The process of being born is often described as the first trauma we experience. The strains which occur during this time, and in the womb can affect many elements of such a tiny body. These 'strain-patterns' may contribute to difficulty winding, flatulence, colic, failure to settle and many other conditions which commonly occur.
Edward's training has equipped him with the tools to assess and treat a wide range of paediatric conditions, including screening your baby for neurological progress and a range of orthopaedic conditions.
The development and growth in childhood, coupled with school pressure can sometimes be overwhelming. Allergies and respiratory disorders such as asthma can be common as the body tries to adapt. Growth spurts put enormous strain on the body systems making injury and growing pains a frequent feature. As the body matures, and the influence of hormonal changes becomes apparent, the body meets new challenges. Throughout the testing times of childhood and adolescence Edward is trained to help synchronise body, mind and spirit to facilitate transitions during these phases.
The character of injuries we incur changes as we put our body through different stresses. Sitting at a desk all day might not seem stressful. However the body responds negatively to repetitive action, and stress. Consequently aches, pains and back problems are likely to occur. Many of our aches and pains have their roots in the other repetitive things we do such as driving in a seat without support or sleeping on a mattress which is wholly unsuited to your back. Edward is well placed to help your body make changes and adapt your surroundings to make them more conducive to healing and rest.
Many of us sustain injuries playing sport both professionally and recreationally. Whether you are Tiger Woods, or aspire to be, Edward can help your body maximise its potential and help you get the best out of your body.
The reason why osteopathic treatment is so comprehensive is because it aims to assess, as far as possible, every element of your life that may have caused, or contributed to your condition. This is why osteopathy aims to consider the body, in conjunction with the mind and spirit or character of the person.