It is the osteopath's comprehensive, approach to healthcare that makes treatment unique. Osteopaths do not look on patients simply as back pain sufferers but as individuals with their own unique requirements for health. Treatment is designed to correct each individual's mechanical problems in order to stimulate their own natural healing processes. Osteopaths do not simply treat back problems but look at all the factors contributing to a disturbed state of natural health.
What is back pain?
Trouble with your back does not simply produce pain in the back. It may be the cause of more remote symptoms like pain in the buttocks, groin or legs (commonly called sciatica). This can be brought about by pressure on specific nerve roots.
Problems in the back can also bring on pain in the head, neck, shoulders and arms because they can disturb the mechanical function of the whole body.
Back problems account for over 50% of the cases osteopaths see.
Osteopathic treatment is often the most effective first line of attack in trying to correct these very debilitating problems. Most people think that back pain must be the result of injury. In fact, there are many disease states and pathological conditions that can give symptoms of backache.
How many times will I have to see the Ostepath?
There are many different reasons why people are in pain and each person has a different way of responding to it. The average number of visits to an Osteopath is between 4-6, sometimes less and sometimes more and occasionally an extended maintenance programme is required. However it is the policy of this practice that if you do not respond to your treatment we will discuss other alternatives and try to find a therapy that works for you.
Do Osteopaths treat other problems?
Osteopaths treat a wide range of conditions relating to the Musculo-Skeletal system. Some common complaints treated are :
- Lower back pain
- Neck shoulder and upper back pain
- Aching joints
- Frozen shoulder
- Fallen arches (flat feet)
- Weak ankles
- Stress related problems
- Painful feet
- Sciatic pain
Tennis & golfer's elbow . Knee ligament damage
Sprained ankles . Groin Strains
Runner's Knee . Muscle damage
General repetitive and overuse injuries