What do Osteopaths treat

"No Osteopath ever cured anybody of anything"

This statement is attributed to Dr A.T. Still, the man who started Osteopathy. The body has the ability to heal itself.  If we cut ourselves, the cut gradually heals. The body is always trying to work to its best ability and correct or adapt to any issues.  Osteopathic treatment works with the body to address restrictions or barriers that are stopping the body from putting itself right.

The most common complaints for which patients consult Osteopaths include:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Sciatica and disc problems
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Pains in peripheral joints such as shoulders, knees and ankles
  • Tendonitis and muscle strains
  • Work-related and repetitive strain injuries
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Ankles and feet
  • Following motor vehicle accidents
  • For pregnancy and postpartum related complaints
  • For children with torticollis (twisted neck, which may contribute to flat spots developing on the skull), general irritability and feeding and attachment issues.

Other conditions for which Osteopathy may play a role in managing the musculoskeletal components:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Gynaecological dysfunction including period pain
  • Arthritic conditions

While there is evidence for Osteopathic treatment for direct musculo-skeletal issues such as back pain and headaches, research is less readily available for other conditions. Osteopathic rationale can be used to assess a range of conditions for which Osteopathy may play a role.

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