Osteopathy Explained

Osteopathy is a safe and effective system of diagnosis, treatment and prevention for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

Osteopaths are highly trained healthcare professionals who are experts in the musculoskeletal system and its relationship to other systems of the body. They work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.

Osteopaths use touch and a variety of gentle, manual techniques such as physical manipulation, stretching, massage, muscle energy techniques and joint articulation. Osteopaths can also use HVT or High Velocity Thrust techniques/joint manipulations where the joints are ‘clicked’ or ‘popped’ to release built up gases in the restricted joints. These techniques can be very effective in the treatment of certain injuries. Collectively these techniques are aimed at increasing joint mobility, relieving muscle tension, enhancing blood and nerve supply to tissues, and helping the body’s own healing mechanisms.

Your osteopath may also offer lifestyle advice concerning posture, diet, exercise or sporting technique to aid recovery, promote health and prevent the risks of symptoms reoccurring.

Osteopaths see people of all ages, from babies to the elderly and everyone in between, including pregnant women and elite athletes.

At the end of the treatment I literally felt like I had a different horse.

Thank you so much for the fantastic treatment you have given my horse Bobby. I had had a nasty fall following a succession of bucking sessions. One of my friends suggested that perhaps Bobby was bucking because he was in pain. When you first saw him you quickly identified where the problem was and his likely presentation in certain circumstances. You gave him three treatments over a period of a few weeks. At the end of the treatment I literally felt like I had a different horse. I called him fantastic elastic because he felt so flexible and willing, and guess what, the bucking had completely stopped. I will keep up regular maintenance treatments because I realise how important it is to keep his pelvis and back supple and flexible. In my opinion your approach is a vital part of keeping my horse happy and going well, thank you.

Michelle