Looking for Osteopathy in Torquay?
Osteopaths focus on your musculoskeletal system – the bones, muscles, nerves and other tissues that support your body and control its movements. Osteopathy is especially helpful in the maintenance of posture and the treatment of pain and utilises the body’s unique capacity to heal itself when in correct anatomical alignment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a couple of our most frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for please contact us and we will be more than happy to answer any further questions.
Osteopathy is a holistic manual therapy that aims to treat the cause of musculo-skeletal conditions rather than simply treating the symptoms. This philosophy is unique in it’s aim to enhance the body’s ability to self-heal by treating the joints, muscles, lymphatic and nervous systems with a variety of ‘hands on’ techniques. Osteopathy seeks to educate the patient and work in conjunction with other health practitioners (eg. GPs, naturopaths, massage therapists, personal trainers) about stretch and strength exercises, posture, diet and aims for long term healing rather than dependence on treatment.
Your practitioner will perform a thorough postural assessment to diagnose the problem and use a variety of techniques depending on each individual. For instance a variety of the following techniques may be used:
Soft tissue manipulation (massage): involves releasing tension in shortened muscles.
Joint manipulation: involves a small amount of movement applied to a joint with minimum force and maximum accuracy. This technique aims to decrease pain and improve the quality of stiff and tender joints.
Muscle contraction and stretching: to improve lengthening shortened muscles.
Joint mobilisation and articulation: involves rhythmic movement
Cranial osteopathy: this gentle therapy aims to balance and strengthen the flow of the cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) being the fluid which surrounds and nourishes the brain and spinal cord. It is safe on children and throughout pregnancy.
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Government and medical studies over recent years have consistently shown osteopathy to be less expensive, use fewer drugs and have higher patient satisfaction than conventional medical care for back, neck and other musculoskeletal pain.
Your osteopath will ask to see any X-rays, scans or test results that you may have. Your osteopath may ask you to undress to your underwear depending on the area of your body requiring treatment. Therefore you may like to wear loose pants or bring a pair of shorts if you would be more comfortable.