Osteopathy is a primary health care system that helps with musculoskeletal conditions such as lower back pain, neck pain or shoulder issues. These issues can be just general aches & pains to overuse injuries or from a specific trauma. Osteopathy uses a hands-on approach to treatment; the examination and treatment are done through the osteopath’s palpation (soft touch).
Osteopaths usually use a combination of techniques to help treat your symptoms, most commonly stretching and massage of the muscles & articulation and manipulation of the joints. Here at Bright Osteopathy we also use Western Acupuncture techniques and cranial osteopathic techniques where we think they will be of most benefit to the patient. All of these techniques aim to improve function, mobility and circulation, which then allows the body to start to recover.
The philosophy of Osteopathy is what sets it apart from other medical disciplines. Its key principles rely on all parts of the body functioning together in a complimentary manner. If one part of the body is limited, then the rest of the body adapts around the restricted part and compensates for this.
Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use manual techniques to help balance the body and its systems, to provide overall good health and well being. Here at Bright Osteopathy we treat a wide range of issues, further details can be found at the can Osteopathy help? section of this website.
The aim of cranial osteopathic treatment is to address the stresses and strains within the cranium and the rest of the body and encourages these stresses to release allowing the body to function better. A key osteopathic principle is that structure governs function, so therefore if the physical structures in your body are in a state of balance and harmony it will be able to function at its best. Cranial treatment is just one way an osteopath may help your body function at its best.