Osteopathy is a degree based profession where practitioners have the legal right to diagnose (Osteopath act 1994). It's a way of dectecting, treating and preventing mainly mechanical health problems. The treatment involves moving, stretching mobilising and advising patients on exercise techniques, posture, lifestyle, diet, ergonomics etc. Osteopathy was founded in 1874 by Dr Andrew Still and is based on the principal that the wellbeing of an individual is affected by their mechanics i.e. their bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves, blood supply, lymphatics and connective tissue (fascia ). Osteopaths aim to get these structures functioning smoothly together and are trained to recognise when things are mechanical which they treat or medical leading to referral to your GP for treatment.
Osteopathy can help with pain and disfunction in the:
It can also help with headaches, occupational overuse strains, postural retraining, digestive problems, pregnancy and nursing aches and pains. We do more than just treat backs!
Dry needling/ Acupuncture is used in the practice as an additional treatment for tight muscles, arthritis and pain relief.
Osteopathy has been practiced for over 140 years, the first college opened in the UK in 1920. It became a registered profession in 1994 with the Osteopath Bill (which prevents anyone doing Osteopathy unless properly qualified. Osteopaths (in England and Wales) have been practicing within the NHS since 1996. The NHS research body NICE produced guidelines recommending Osteopathy as one of the primary treatments for lower back pain.
Osteopaths are regulated by a professional body (General Osteopathic Council GOsC) and need to be qualified, insured and regularly update their education to remain registered.
Physiotherapy is a degree-based healthcare profession. Physios use their knowledge and skills to improve a range of conditions associated with different systems of the body.
This therapy is exercise based and helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. It is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle.
Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.
The profession also helps to encourage developments in order to facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them remain independent for as long as possible.
Counselling provides a safe confidential non-judgemental environment in which you have freedom to explore any concerns, difficulties, dissatisfaction and unhelpful behaviour patterns of confusion in your life.
This type of therapy allows you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, in your past or present situation, where you are unable to you to make effective decisions and choices to bring about positive change.
Counselling is often used to help with:
Registered Counsellors are regulated by a professional body and need to be qualified, insured and regularly update their education in order to remain registered.
Pilates is a series of exercises designed for everyBODY that concentrates on improving posture and flexibility as well as strengthening the main muscles in the body and in particular the 'core' muscles which help support the spine.
Pilates also enhances mental awareness and helps you learn how to relax your body. A special emphasis when carrying out the exercises is put on using the correct breathing technique and body position via slow controlled movements.
Some of the classes we offer have been designed specifically for injury rehabilitation in order to help you on your road to recovery.
Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (skin, muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being.
People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons – it's benefits include a boost to energy, a release in endorphins to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, it enhances the immune system and the flow of lymph, helps lower blood pressure, increases the circulation, improves digestive issues, relaxes muscles, improves flexibility, rehabilitates injuries, reduces pain and so much more.
Massage helps improve the function of every system within the body either directly or indirectly.
The types of Massage we offer include: