About Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a system of medicine, developed in the early part of the 20th century, that treats dysfunction anywhere in the human body through a focus on the musculo-skeletal system and its neurological, vascular and visceral interactions. Nowadays osteopathy is seen as one of the various forms of manual (or manipulative) therapy; however there more to osteopathy than this.

The profession was established by Andrew Taylor Still in 1892. Osteopathy has been practiced in the UK since 1917. In 1993 the Osteopaths Act was passed, making it a criminal offence for someone to call themselves an osteopath who is not registered with the General Osteopathic Council. This register came into being in May 2000.

In 1993 Osteopathy became the first complementary health care profession to be accorded statutory recognition.

Osteopathy is the development of two of the oldest forms of treatment known to man: massage and manipulation. It seeks to treat injury and disease by enhancing the body's own natural healing process.

Over the years osteopathy has perhaps become synonymous with the treatment of spinal pain - after all, low back pain is common and it affects daily life dramatically. But in reality osteopathy can help pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body (e.g. ankles, knees, elbows, ribs etc.), as well as helping the functioning of important areas such as the thorax, abdomen and pelvis by working on the muscles to increase the way they perform.

Osteopathy moves beyond just addressing symptoms, though this is the first priority. Rather it aims to effectively make changes so that symptoms are much less likely to return in the future. Sometimes the causes (there is rarely just one!) lie outside the body (e.g. the ergonomics of an office workstation, a car seat and so on) or sometimes they lie 'within' the body (e.g. a stiff unyielding part of the spine, a poor sleep pattern).

Osteopathy for pain relief

Pain is a warning signal that something is wrong. It is the body's natural defence mechanism to alert you to a problem. Osteopaths diagnose the cause of pain and can do a lot to reduce the level of your pain and suffering, whether it is a long-standing condition or a new injury.

Osteopathy for back and neck complaints 

The vast majority of patients that see an Osteopath will do so because of back or neck pain. Osteopathic manipulation is widely regarded as an established treatment for mechanical problems of the spine.At the Bushey Clinic we have a very effective massage technique for the head and neck which has helped to alleviate headaches, migraine and the symptoms of neurological disorders such as TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA.The massage and cranial techniques have also been shown to help patients  to alleviate the head symptoms that they often experiance and other symptoms.

Osteopathy and Pregnancy  

Osteopathic treatment throughout pregnancy can help the body adapt to the changes which are taking place. After a thorough assessment, gentle osteopathic treatment may help to relieve the aches and pains caused by the growth of the baby and the mother's reaction to this growth. Advice from your osteopath can help you change your posture and learn to hold your body correctly through pregnancy.

Osteopathy and Arthritis 

A large proportion of Osteopaths' time is spent dealing with the pain and suffering caused to patients as a result of arthritis. Many people mistakenly assume that the symptoms of arthritis are untreatable and that they must learn to live with pain and stiffness. Although the arthritic changes cannot be reversed, in many cases  Osteopaths can help to relieve pain and improve the quality of life for arthritis sufferers.

Cranial Osteopathy for babies and young children

Cranial Osteopathy is a safe and natural approach to health care for all life stages and Osteopaths are increasingly being asked to treat babies and young children for complaints attributed to mechanical strains acquired before birth and during the birth process.Cranial osteopathy has been widely used for settling babies and helping them get into good sleep/wake rythems. Babies can present with many symptoms including constant crying, reflux and irritability. 

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