What is Osteopathy?
The maintenance of good function is essential to good health. Problems in the framework of the body can disturb the circulatory system or nerves to any part of the body, and affect any aspect of health.
Thus mechanical problems can lead not only to aches and pains in joints and muscles, but also to disturbances in the internal organs and the way they work.
Health is not simply the absence of disease or pain. It is a state of balance and harmony in the body and mind of the person. Osteopaths work to restore this balance by improving the function of the body as a whole.
In health a person should be able to respond to events such as accidents, infections or emotional stress, deal with these events and restore themselves to optimum health.
The majority of people are not in full health, but are carrying an accumulation of the effects of different traumatic events that have happened during their life, be it physical illness, accidents, or even emotional trauma.
What is Cranial Osteopathy?
Cranial osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head.
It is a gentle yet extremely effective approach and may be used in a wide range of conditions for people of all ages, from birth to old age.
Osteopaths may have different specialities including sports injuries, paediatrics, and visceral osteopathy (treating the internal organs of the body). Cranial osteopathy embraces all of these.
Cranial Osteopathy is a gentle form of Osteopathy which doesn't involve the severe manipulation used in traditional Osteopathic technique which makes it suitable for use in newborn babies, children, pregnant women and post pregancy.
How does Osteopathy work?
The central principle of osteopathy is recognition that the body, under the right circumstances, is capable of healing and ‘correcting’ itself.
Evidence of this natural healing can be seen when we strain our back. Typically, the injured area suffers painful, uncomfortable spasms, forcing us to change the way we use our body as a whole – not just the area in distress. This change in the mechanical operation of the body alters the blood supply throughout the body, and also affects patterns of nervous system activity. Gradually, the injured area heals, and normal function returns.
We assume that our body will recover from the knocks and blows of daily life, but what happens when it doesn’t, or we find ourselves stuck in persistent or recurrent pain? In some cases other health issues may also arise.
Osteopaths have been helping patients recover their health, from a multitude of complaints, for well over a century. The aim of osteopathy is to create and maintain the optimal environment for self-healing. However, other contributing factors also influence recovery. For example: exercise, adequate rest, diet, stress reduction; these are all key of the healing process. As part of a complete treatment plan, osteopaths offer advice on these areas.
We can quite literally become ‘stuck’ in acute health patterns, but under the right conditions these cycles can be resolved. More chronic patterns of pain, can often be softened or completely relieved with supportive osteopathic care. Whether your condition is acute or chronic, osteopathic care can provide support and relief.
Treatment plans can range from 2-3 treatment visits for acute problems, to longer term support for ongoing issues.
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