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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a fully recognised diagnostic and therapeutic system which focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework. It is suitable for almost anyone and can contribute to the treatments and management of a wide range of conditions.

A core principle behind Osteopathy is the belief that our structure governs our function, by this we mean, that if any part of our structure (musculoskeletal system – muscles, joints and ligaments) are not functioning optimally, strain is placed on other areas due to overuse. This can lead to pain, stiffness and restriction of movement and therefore a compensation injury. 

Osteopathy uses a holistic approach to healthcare, by this we mean that no one area of the body works or can be isolated from another. Therefore osteopaths do not only concentrate on treating the physical symptoms, but also take into consideration the patients lifestyle, nutrition, past medical history. Therefore when visiting us at the Maidenbower Osteopathic Clinic you visit your Osteopath you will not only receive treatment and advice on how to reduce your physical symptoms such as pain, but also be given postural advice, some simple exercises, lifestyle, nutritional and hydrotherapy advice. These factors are important to consider and address, as they can provide answers for causative factors but also given the correct information and advice they can optimise your internal and external environments to better suit your needs.

Osteopaths use patients past and current medical history, their highly developed skills of touch called palpation to examine muscles and joints, observing movements and orthopaedic tests to determine the diagnoses, Xrays, scans and other clinical investigations are also used if required. To treat the patient a wide variety of non invasive manual techniques such as deep tissue massage, joint articulation and manipulation are utilised.