What We Treat
Osteopathy is able to treat a variety of conditions and complaints. While we will directly address the immediate source of pain, we also seek out the reason for the occurence in the first instance. This page is a brief outline of how we can help, but the description is not exhaustive.
If you have any questions about what we treat or would like to know our opinion on a specific case, please feel free to use the Contact page to ask.
We treat every joint in the body from the jaw to the big toe and everything in between, including neck, back, shoulders, elbows, wrists, sacroiliac joints, hips, knees and ankles to name a few - while still looking at the bigger picture.
As well as working with bony joints, we also work with surrounding soft tissues such as muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments.
These can become stressed or painful due to poor movement patterns, overuse or direct injury.
We see all varieties of soft tissue damage including muscle strains, full ruptures and tendinopathies as well as ligmentous injuries.
Osteopathy can also help with many common complaints such as headaches, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia, dismenorrhea, asthma, gout, etc,
While we may not be able to rectify the root cause of the condition, often we can help alleviate symptoms.
One of the most common complaints we see is pain with neurological involvement (where a nerve has been affected) resulting in - or as a result of - a musculoskeletal problem such as sciatica.
Depending on the degree of symptoms, this can be very distressing. We are able to perform neurological testing to outline which nerve is being affected and the likely reasons why, and then discuss the best treatment plan.
Throughout out body we have something called fascia - also called the extracellular matrix or ECM. The main job of fascia is to provide a support network for other soft tissues, such as skin and muscles.
There are some areas in the body where is it thicker - the base of the back and side of the thigh for example - but fascia travels everywhere.
Following injury, joint problems or surgery, fascia may change from its normal smooth and loose consistency and adhere to or tighten across an area, often leading to 'painless' stiff sensations for patients.