Understanding osteopathy

Osteopathy at Life in Motion Clinic, Stirling

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a complimentary therapy that involves assessing, treating and preventing a wide range of health problems, such as sports injury, back pain and joint pains.

As an osteopath, I use a combination of movement, stretching, targeted deep tissue massage and manipulation of muscles and joints. These techniques work to relieve pain, improve the function of your body, and help you to recover.

One of the many benefits of osteopathic therapy is that it can be used alone or to support other medical approaches. Because osteopathy is gentle and non-invasive, it’s also generally suitable for people of all ages, regardless of their fitness levels.

What’s wrong with me?

As an osteopath, I’ll take the time to understand you and your unique combination of symptoms, medical history and lifestyle. After a thorough examination of the painful or stiff area, I can make as accurate a diagnosis as possible for the causes of your pain or lack of function. This way we can help to explain what’s going wrong and pinpoint practical ways to help you.

As well as addressing the site of the condition, I also consider any other influences involved. This makes your treatment very specific to you – after all, we’re all unique.

What can I do to help you?

Your treatment is likely to include a combination of movement, stretching, mobilising, manipulation and targeted deep tissue massage, depending on what is agreed and suitable for you personally. We’ll also use exercise rehabilitation and education as part of this.

No two treatment plans are the same – your initial treatment session will give us a chance to discuss the best approach for you.

What can you do to help yourself?

Specific exercises will be given to promote recovery and prevention – these are specific to you and your issue. I find that the best approach is to give you just one or two exercises that you can complete on a daily basis at home and that fit easily into your busy life.

Advice on heat, cold and other treatment options can also be useful to know for the future.

Why come to Life in Motion Osteopathy?

  • When you come to Life in Motion, I will be your osteopath – this means that I provide consistency and continuity throughout your treatment, giving you the ongoing benefit of my experience.
  • I use a variety of skilled and appropriate hands-on techniques for examination and treatment in combination. There is no prescriptive treatment – all treatments are unique to you.
  • I want to work with you to improve your health. The best results happen when we collaborate.
  • Knowing as much as possible about your problem and how to manage it in your everyday life will make you feel empowered and in control.
  • I include exercises for rehabilitation to promote a balance of the body and to support your role in improving your health.

Safety and Regulation

Osteopaths are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and it’s against the law to call yourself an osteopath unless you are qualified and registered with the GOsC. The minimum qualification for an osteopath is the completion of a four- or five-year degree – this includes over 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice.

You can check whether an osteopath is registered by visiting the GOsC website. As you can see from my badge below, I am registered.

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