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What is osteopathy?

The treatment I had for my chronic back pain following two car accidents got to the root of my problem and I can now play tennis every week again!
— Marie B.

Osteopathy is a primary health care system that focuses on the musuloskeletal system.

Osteopathy is suitable for all ages and The Village Osteopaths treats patients from as young as four days old up to patients well into their nineties.

Osteopathic treatment uses manual, hands-on techniques to detect, diagnose and treat damaged parts of the body's tissues and joints.

Osteopathic diagnosis involves examining joints and muscles using palpation (touch), observing posture and your range of movement.

Osteopathic treatment uses gentle, non-invasive manual techniques such as soft tissue massage, deep tissue massage, joint mobilisation, articulation and manipulation - dependent on age, fitness and diagnosis.

Your osteopath will also discuss exercises which can improve your posture and movement to aid your recovery.

 
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What makes osteopathy different?

Osteopathy is holistic – which means it takes the whole body into consideration. This is what makes it stand out from other, similar disciplines as osteopaths treat the body as an integrated being.

This just means that everything is connected in the body. The source of your pain might not be where the pain is occurring, but in a different place in the body which isn’t functioning properly and causing stress and tension where you are experiencing pain.

This approach means osteopaths will treat your initial pain that you present with but will also look to delve into the root cause of your pain.

This methodical method leads to a diagnosis pf what the root cause is and your osteopath can treat the problem and advise on how to adapt to ensure the problem doesn’t resurface again.

If it is the case that your osteopath cannot treat the problem they will refer to another medical professional.

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osteopathy at the village osteopaths

Upon arrival you will be asked to fill out a Medical History Form.

 

What is a Medical History Form?

The Village Osteopath's Medical History Form is a short form asking about general health, your health history, particular problems etc. This helps your osteopath form part of their questioning for your consultation, leading to diagnosis and find the root cause of your problem.

 

What is an osteopathy assessment?

Following the consultation your osteopath will need to assess your body by looking at your posture and seeing how joints move by feeling the state of your muscles and other tissues.

Our osteopaths may also carry out other tests, such as checking reflexes and blood pressure.

Like any medical examination you will probably be asked to undress to your underwear.

 
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MAINTENANCE OSTEOPATHY TREATMENTS

I used to suffer from incredibly painful sciatica flare ups. Following my first round of treatments I attend The Village Osteopaths regularly for MOTs and have not had a flare up in over 2 years.
— Ben C

A lot of patients come to The Village Osteopaths regularly and periodically for Maintenance Osteopathy Treatments (MOTs) as a preventative measure.

Even when patients are not suffering from pain or discomfort, they attend as a preventative measure to ensure they suffer no relapses.

It is the same as regularly visiting your dentist to continually assess and prevent degeneration in your teeth, except osteopaths do this for your whole body.

Osteopathy prevents injuries from occurring through regular MOTs where your osteopath can focus on your musculoskeletal system.

If there are any imbalances or problems they can treat accordingly and advise on additional treatment, changes to your daily or sporting routine or exercises.

Of course, if you are experiencing pain and discomfort elsewhere they can also focus on this as well.


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Osteopathy Case Study

Whether it is a result of carrying a heavy bag, being hunched over a laptop or a sports injury - pain and discomfort is your body's way of letting you know something isn't right.

Your body will adapt to muscles being used more and become more dependent on these - meaning you are over compensating.

For example, a tight piriformis muscle could, overtime, be leading to an abnormal gait. This could lead to your weight when you’re walking or running being abnormally distributed through your knee joint, putting pressure on muscles, ligaments and tendons that aren’t built to carry this weight.

As a result these muscles and connective tissues become overworked and you start to experience acute pain in your knee – when the problem has actually began in your piriformis muscle.

By treating the acute pain (in the knee), tracking the reason for this pain (abnormal gait) your osteopath has got to the root of your problem (tight piriformis muscle).

Your osteopath will subsequently treat you accordingly and will advise MOTs as a preventative measure to ensure you maintain optimum health and do not relapse.