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Bad back or neck?
Don't suffer pain in silence - your local osteopath may have the answer!
Britain's Osteopaths provide over 7 million consultations a year for musculoskeletal problems and problems related to musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Our expertise in treating back pain is sought by people both young and old and from all occupations and walks of life. The Department of Health recommends prompt treatment of back pain from osteopaths and other physical therapists. When patients entrust the care of their back to an osteopath's hands, that practitioner aims to treat the symptoms, help find out what is causing the problem and will give advice to prevent it recurring in the future. Osteopathic treatment is gentle and effective and often very quick to help.
Osteopathy is primarily concerned with the study of structural and mechanical faults in the body and how these faults affect physiological processes. Osteopaths work by diagnosing structural/mechanical 'faults' and correcting these. The body's structure & function are inseparable. Alterations of structure by injury, faulty posture, etc. affect function. We place primary importance on restoring function.
Our patients come from all walks of life and all age groups, the most numerous are those in sedentary occupations and light to heavy manual work.
A 1986 "Which" report showed that nearly 90% of patients using osteopathy claimed to have been cured or improved by the treatment.
Department of Health figures for 1987/8 showed that 46.5 million days were lost through spinal problems, representing 12% of all incapacity, costing industry £1 billion and the D.o.H £198 million in benefits and £156 million in treatment.
60 % of osteopathic treatments are for back pain. 1 in 3 people have back pain at some point in their lives.
Many minor physical injuries respond to rest, cold packs and strapping. Most conditions are painful, but self-limiting and will get better in 5 - 10 days.
We recommend you seek professional advice if your injury seems to be worsening.
If your injury or painful joint is not getting better after 2 - 3 weeks, it may not resolve by itself. You may need professional advice and treatment.
Most private health insurance pays for osteopathic treatment. Your insurance company will advise you if you need referral from your GP or consultant.
Cranial Osteopathic treatment may be used alongside the more conventional type of osteopathic treatment of neuromuscular techniques, deep soft tissue massage, passive joint stretching, gapping and manipulation.
There are some conditions and some patients who benefit more from a purely cranial approach. The cranial approach can also be used to treat non-musculoskeletal problems such as asthma, headaches, digestive problems and IBS and depleted immune systems resulting in recurrent colds, coughs, ear and chest infections. It is also very useful in tension and stress related problems. It is often well tolerated by patients who find traditional osteopathic treatment too uncomfortable for them.
The cranial approach is especially used for the treatment of infants and children, pregnant women and post partum mothers. Karen Carroll has done extensive post-graduate study in both cranial and paediatric osteopathy and uses this approach extensively alongside the more conventional structural osteopathic approach.
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