Osteopathic practice is a safe and effective form of prevention, diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of health issues. Osteopaths are Allied Health Professionals and recognised by NHS and play a critical role in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people of all ages.
Children, like adults, can be affected by general joint and muscle issues, which is one of the reasons people often visit an osteopath. Parents will also take their children to visit an osteopath for a variety of other health reasons which may benefit from osteopathic care.
As osteopathic care is based on the individual needs of the patient, it will vary depending on your child’s age and the diagnosis.
Osteopaths generally use a wide range of gentle hands-on techniques that focus on releasing tension, improving mobility and optimising function. This is often used together with exercise and helpful advice.
Everybody gets grey hair and wrinkles as they get older. In the same way, it is normal for our muscles, bones, joints and associated tissues to change as we age. Ageing does not necessarily mean that we will experience increased pain or stiffness. However, if this does become a problem, people often ﬁnd that treatment and advice from an osteopath can complement GP care and pharmaceutical products. If you do begin to notice problems, your osteopath can work with you to keep you healthier, allowing you to enjoy the pleasures of life into your later years.
It is common to feel some minor discomfort after training, as the body takes a little time to recover and adapt to the demands of your activities. Soreness often quickly resolves itself, but occasionally it may persist for more than a few days or make it difﬁcult for you to continue your normal activities. In these instances you may want to seek advice from an osteopath.
Common causes of strain in the workplace can include: Prolonged sitting at a desk, Driving long distances, Awkward lifting and carrying, Overstretching, Bending, Extended periods of repetitive motion, Using a computer without taking breaks.
These can lead to various aches and pains and other common musculo-skeletal conditions such as sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. Furthermore, workplace stress can increase the amount of pain you feel by causing muscle tension and spasms.
You can discuss with your osteopath the impact that work may have on your body and agree on an appropriate course of action that may help.
During pregnancy the musculo-skeletal system is significantly affected by the action of hormones causing considerable physiological changes.
One of the most common problems during pregnancy are lower back pain and referred pain in sciatica distribution causing expectant mothers to seek help from osteopaths.