Osteopathy treatment is a drug-free non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework.
Osteopaths use their hands to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients. A variety of techniques can be used including massage, manipulation, movement of the joints, and stretching. Treatments are aimed at improving the mechanics of the whole body, not just the problem area. The health of the musculoskeletal system has a direct effect on the health of the rest of the body. When the body is balanced and efficient, just like a well-tuned engine, it will function with the minimum wear and tear – leaving more energy for living.
It’s a myth that Osteopaths just treat backs! In fact, we can help you with all of these problems…
At Active Life Osteopathy, we recognise that every patient is unique, which is why we tailor our treatment for every individual. Our aim is to stop a problem or injury from recurring by taking away those reasons that allowed it to occur in the first place. Treatment can vary depending on the age of the patient and what the condition is.
Once we’ve found the restrictions, we use our hands to gently stretch and mobilise the body, relax muscles, free stiff joints and alleviate pain. Rhythmic joint movements, muscle release techniques and specific adjustments can also be used. Additional advice will also be given to aid your recovery; this will include lifestyle changes, postural correction, strengthening and/or stretching exercise, hydrotherapy and nutrition.
On your first visit, a full medical case history will be taken including any past examinations you may have had. An assessment will then be carried out and you will be asked to remove some items of clothing for this. Any patient that feels uncomfortable undressing may wear shorts and/or a loose T-shirt so we can work around the area. We will then assess your spine and relevant limb movements related to your problem. All findings will be discussed with you along with a diagnosis and if osteopathic treatment is suitable, it will be offered to you. Treatment will be aimed at helping to restore normal joint stability and function by looking at the root causes of a problem not just the symptoms. We frequently work alongside other health professionals, such as GPs, nurses and midwives as well as alternative medical practitioners.
The initial consultation and treatment will last for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Subsequent treatments last for approximately 20-30 minutes.
As well as the normal practice, senior citizen clinic is available every Friday lunch time for patients over the age of 65. Treatments are given at discounted rates. Fees.