Ever wondered what Osteopathy actually is? Kate Smith, our in-house Osteopath at Lomax Chelsea, explains how Osteopathy works, what to expect during a treatment and how if can help you.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a holistic manual therapy that can help a wide range of acute and chronic conditions of the musculoskeletal and visceral systems of the body – ie. muscles, joints, ligaments, bones and internal organs. The aim of Osteopathy is to not only provide pain relief, but also to diagnose the underlying causes of the ailment as well as preventing it from happening again.
How does Osteopathy work?
Using a combination of observation, physical examination and an understanding of the patient’s lifestyle, diet, work and leisure activities, the Osteopath will create a detailed health case history to diagnose the patient’s condition and treat it accordingly.
What should I expect during a treatment?
Osteopathic treatment combines joint mobilisation, manipulation on muscles, ligaments and soft tissue; as well as gentle work on internal organs when required.
What’s the difference between Osteopathy and Physiotherapy?
If you are suffering from a painful knee, back or ankle, an Osteopath will address the whole body as an injured unit to diagnose the cause and treat accordingly. A Physiotherapist on the other hand, would tend to focus on restoring movement and function to the injured area.
What can Osteopathy help with?
» Neck Pain
» Lower back pain
» Knee pain
» Achilles Tendonitis
» Groin Strain
» Heel Pain
» Hamstring Tears
» Shoulder Pain
» Tennis Elbow
» Golfers Elbow