How Do Osteopaths Treat Pain and Injury?

back pain and injury

Osteopathy is a form of physical therapy established by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in the late 1800s that aims to assist circulation, correct altered biomechanics and improve posture and movement, without the use of drugs. Best known for treating chronic back pain, neck pain, headaches and migraine, osteopathy can assist the majority of musculoskeletal conditions.

Osteopaths believe that the musculoskeletal system is vitally important to health and that balanced movement is essential to the body’s capacity to heal. When diagnosing a condition, rather than focusing on the site of pain, osteopaths place greater emphasis on identifying dysfunction at the root cause of the problem.  Treatment aims to restore function by improving our ability to move, loosing tight muscle, mobilising restricted joints and assisting circulation (arterial blood supply, venous or lymphatic drainage).  

Osteopaths use a variety of techniques including soft tissue massage, joint articulation and gentle techniques to restore joint alignment.  Joint manipulation is also used and involves small but fast movements, often accompanied by a ‘cavitation’, an audible ‘pop’ or ‘click’ similar to when you click your knuckles.  Because Osteopathy is defined more by its principles than by the modality of treatment, Osteopaths frequently integrate other forms of physical therapy into their sessions, including acupuncture and corrective exercise.  Consultations often include advice regarding exercise, lifestyle, nutrition and dietary supplementation, making Osteopathy a truly holistic therapy.

Treatment rebalances all systems of the body and there is evidence that osteopathy can be useful for many chronic disorders such as asthma, digestive issues such as irritable bowel, inflammatory disorders like arthritis or chronic pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

Whilst Osteopathy can be regarding as complimentary or alternative therapy, osteopaths believe in working as part of an integrated health system and often refer back to the G.P. or other allied health professionals as and when appropriate.  Osteopaths typically go through a five-year university course, which includes a degree and masters qualification. Osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council in order to practice. Patients may be referred by their doctor, or may opt to see an osteopath independently.

Find out how osteopathy can help you.

James Crossley

Registered Osteopath

Book a complimentary consultation on 07778 726092.

Help with Back Pain

back pain

Back pain and stiffness is often seen as a symptom of old age or the early signs of arthritis and is frequently accepted as a fact of life. Apart from ‘popping the occasional pill’ when things get really bad, we often ignore joint pain. We can choose to be more proactive in looking after our body so that daily activity and exercise can be a pleasure rather than a challenge.

Rest and inactivity is often the worst thing you can do for a bad back and in fact moderate exercise such as walking, stepping and squatting can be fantastic for joint health. We can learn exercises to help condition the muscles that support our joints. Stomach and ‘glute’ exercises are particularly effective in helping manage back pain. Even maintaining a healthy diet and staying hydrated by drinking 6-8 gasses of water a day can also help combat the symptoms of arthritis. Treatment from a qualified medical professional such as an osteopath can help reduce pain, and in the same way as having a regular service of your car, regular treatment can play an important role maintaining a healthy body.

Osteopaths specialise in managing joint pain, in particular back ache and neck pain that can be the cause of headaches and migraine. Osteopaths are fully registered and regulated health care providers who use a mix of techniques including massage, manipulation, joint mobilisation and acupuncture alongside exercise and lifestyle advice. Osteopaths are recognised by insurance companies as being able to offer effective treatment for a range of conditions and there is now a specialist osteopathic unit based at the Queens Medical Centre Spinal Care Unit.

A new Osteopathic clinic has opened in Southwell on Kingstreet. James Crossley the Principal Osteopath is available to talk to regarding any musculoskeletal condition. If you would like an assessment or treatment, sessions are by appointment so please call 01636 919469.

Top 5 Tips for Spine Health

spine health

There is a saying in Osteopathy, you are only as young as your spine. Back pain is often regarded as a symptom of old age, but there many things you can do to help maintain the health of your spine and prevent aches and pains.

Here are my top-5 tips for spine health:

1. Move

The spine loves to move, take regular breaks from sitting and get up and walk

2. Drink

Staying hydrated by drinking 6-8 gasses of water a day to maintain the health of fluid filled intervertebral discs

3. Stand Tall

Posture is essential for spine health. Try lifting your chest as you walk. In yoga they call this ‘lifting the heart’.

4. Stomach

A strong core will help protect your spine.  Work your abdominal muscles or try core classes like Pilates

5. Osteopathy

Osteopaths specialize in treatment of back pain.  If you suffer from back pain, book a session with your local Osteopath

Osteopaths are fully registered and regulated health care providers who use massage, manipulation, mobilization and acupuncture, alongside exercise and lifestyle advice.

See James at Osteopathy Southwell on Kingstreet. For an appointment call 01636 919469 or 07778 726092.