Osteopathy is based on the principle that structure and function are interrelated and therefore they need each other to sustain health.
The osteopath will look to seek out the changes that have occurred in your muscles and joints, which may not only be causing you localised symptoms, but may also have far reaching effects upon the whole body. These changes and the resulting pain, may lead you to alter your gait, adapt a different posture and can affect the nerve and blood flow.
The osteopath, through careful case history taking, observation, examination and palpation, will seek to put the pieces of the jigsaw together to find out what structure is causing your problem, what has lead you to developing the problem and what factors could be maintaining it. They will then work with you to aim not only get you out of pain, but to help you understand your condition, so that you can maintain wellbeing and hopefully prevent recurrence. This assessment will include looking at your lifestyle, hobbies, environmental and emotional factors that may be influencing your health.
Treatments may include therapeutic massage, gentle manipulation, trigger point therapy and stretching. Electrotherapy can also aid recovery and exercises or daily routine advice maybe given to try to prevent a recurrence of the problem.