What does treatment entail?
Treatment varies enormously depending on the health and age of the patient.
Instead of drugs, osteopaths use their hands both to discover the underlying causes of pain and to carry out treatment using a variety of manipulative techniques. These may include soft tissue stretching, rhythmic passive joint movements or high velocity thrust techniques to improve the range of movement of a joint. Gentle release techniques are often used, particularly when treating children or elderly patients.
We use a wide variety of techniques including massage, joint articulation, stretching, manipulation, ultrasound etc. combined with advice on things that patients can do to improve their situation such as suitable exercises or postural advice.