Osteopathy

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For patients who are in pain, suffer joint stiffness, or are injured, Stuart Best Osteopathy offers osteopathic treatments to help patients heal, and move out of states of pain.

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is an integrative medicine, meaning it’s a holistic medical discipline which considers the lifestyle habits of patients. Osteopathy considers the whole person, not just the disease or condition.

Osteopathy is a regulated profession, and has been protected by statute since 1993. Despite this being relatively recent, the origins of osteopathy date back to the 19th century when Andrew Talor Still founded the American School of Osteopathy in 1892.

To help define what an osteopath does, below is a statement taken from the professional regulator website, the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). 

Deffinition of Osteopathy

“Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.”

“To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So, osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.”

https://www.osteopathy.org.uk/visiting-an-osteopath/about-osteopathy/ (accessed, 3rd July 2020)

Osteopathy is recognised to treat the following conditions: 
  • Arthritic pain
  • Circulatory problems
  • Cramp
  • Digestion problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder and elbow pain
  • Headache arising from the neck
  • Joint pains
  • Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis
  • General, acute & chronic backache/back pain
  • Generalised aches and pains
  • Lumbago
  • Migraine prevention
  • Minor sports injuries
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neuralgia
  • Tension and inability to relax
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Sciatica
  • Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain

https://www.asa.org.uk/advice-online/health-osteopathy.html (accessed, 3rd July 2020)

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