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Osteopathy in Northwood

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WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?

Osteopathy is a system of complementary medicine that takes into account the whole individual.


In order to understand as much as possible about the patient in relation to his environment it is important to take a comprehensive case history detailing not just the current complaint, but also any previous problems or injuries including a full medical history. Appropriate tests; X-rays, blood tests etc. are used where necessary.


An American from Missouri, Doctor Andrew Taylor Still founded osteopathy in 1874 on the basis that the body has the innate ability to heal itself.


He emphasised unobstructed movement in all fluids, tissues and joints. Dr Still felt that in both health and sickness the neuro-muscular skeletal system interacts with the rest of the body including the organs.  


When part of the structure is altered through for example, physical trauma, occupational strain or stress or emotional trauma, a chain reaction may take place which is often mediated through the communication networks of the body; the blood supply, nervous or hormonal systems.

jeremy treating a baby

HOW  DOES OSTEOPATHY WORK

ABOUT OSTEOPATHY


Osteopaths are best known for treating muscular and joint pain but we actually treat much more than that.

We aim to address the underlying cause of the symptoms you are presenting with.


For example most back and neck problems rather than being caused by a single incident tend to result from a combination of: disturbed body mechanics, poor posture, stressful living and working habits, gradual loss of strength and flexibility, and a general decline in physical fitness.


Months or years may pass before a combination of these factors results in an actual problem occurring often from a very minor event.  


Your Osteopath will aim to relieve the acute symptoms, but also, by looking at the underlying patterns that lead to the problem, enable you to find a better balance through your body to reduce the likelihood of reoccurrence.


We place special emphasis on the importance of treating children because problems originating in childhood perhaps  from a difficult birth or a fall if treated early could prevent problems occurring later on.


As Dr William Sutherland  who developed cranial Osteopathy  said “as the twig is bent so will it grow”


Cranial Osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that uses very gentle manipulative   pressure to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body, including the head.

   

   It is extremely effective in treating people of all ages,from birth to old age.

   We have treated patients here from 3 days old to 98 years old!


Osteopaths use a variety of methods and techniques, ranging from the well-known “high velocity thrust” with its dramatic sounding clicks, to the very gently applied methods used by so called “cranial osteopaths”. Osteopaths vary their treatment methods depending on their own preference and individual patients’ problems.


“Cranial Osteopath” is the name by which osteopaths who work at the gentler, subtle end of the spectrum of different treatment approaches have become known.


It is not about just treating the head, but considers treatment of problems relating to the head in a way that was not done before Dr William Garner Sutherland in 1901 questioned the reasons behind the complex relationships between the bones of the skull.


Osteopaths may have different specialities including sports injuries, paediatrics, visceral (treating the internal organs of the body). Cranial Osteopathy embraces all of these.

jeremy treating child

Have a look at the links to our websites on the about us page for more information about the work that the practitioners do here