If you’re experiencing pain on a regular basis, painkillers are not your only option. Osteopathy can address the underlying causes of pain to set you on the road to recovery, without the need for drugs or surgery.
Our osteopaths recognise that when someone experiences pain, it often stems from abnormalities in our body’s structure and function. Osteopaths do not focus on treating individual conditions; rather their practice is based on ensuring that the body’s musculoskeletal framework is physically comfortable and balanced. When treating a patient, an osteopath will take a holistic approach – they believe that your whole body will work well if it is in good structural balance.
Osteopaths have a detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology and a highly developed sense of touch that they use to detect and release areas of tension or structural imbalance. By detecting and treating problems with muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints, they aim to promote the body’s natural healing ability. They do this using non-invasive techniques including massage and joint articulation and manipulation.
One of the biggest things we do at the Good Health Centre is to work with patients experiencing chronic pain – that’s pain that is felt every day over periods of three months and longer. We take a multi-faceted approach over a number of months to help control a patient’s pain.
Imagine a seesaw with ‘risk factors’ on one side and ‘protective factors’ on the other. We look at a patient’s protective factors – their lifestyle, their diet and nutrition, what kind of mattress they sleep on, their posture and ergonomics, their stress levels and so – and we aim to increase them while minimising the risk factors. For example, we may recommend that a patient with a great deal of tension in their body consider using mindfulness techniques or taking up yoga. Or to another patient we may suggest they replace their old, unsupportive mattress.
At the Good Health Centre we use osteopathy in treatment plans for patients with a variety of muscular and joint pains, as well as problems caused by poor posture. Here are just some of the ailments our osteopaths regularly treat:
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Problems with the shoulder and elbow, including frozen shoulder and tennis elbow
- Arthritic pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Discomfort during pregnancy
- Joint pain, including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis
Our osteopaths also treat many patients who are recovering from a range of sports injuries. We also specialise in cranial osteopathy, which can be used to treat a surprising range of ailments in patients of all ages.
Our practice founder and osteopath Ami helped his patient Uzma whose tendonitis in her shoulder was so severe that she was struggling to get dressed and do other daily activities. Uzma said, “Following my first session with Ami I felt some flexibility return and less pain. I couldn’t believe the improvement! After a further four sessions I have regained more than 90% movement in my shoulder and arm.”
Our osteopath Josh recently helped new mum Kathryne who had been struggling with lower back pain for months following her daughter’s birth. Kathryne said, “I thought it would improve over time but it got progressively worse to the point of absolute agony and I was unable to walk normally. Josh McCollum identified what my problem was and with a combination of treatments my back has massively improved.”
You don’t have to live with pain. Make an appointment to find out how osteopathy could help you on the road to improved health and wellbeing. Call our reception team on 0113 237 1173 or click to request a callback.