Watch your back…..

by admin / 06 August 2013 / No Comments

It’s thought that 4 out of every 5 adults will experience back pain at some point in their life. 

Why see an Osteopath?
Lower back pain can have many different causes: each person’s back and circumstances is unique to them. An Osteopath will look at how the particular problem fits into the bigger picture. This involves an examination of all aspects of the patient’s condition such as their general state of health, age, emotions, past medical history, activities and previous injuries to establish what has happened to the patient. Treatment of the patient is therefore highly individual and tailored to that patient’s specific needs. Both NICE and BMA recognise that Osteopathy is an appropriate treatment for low back pain and neck pain.

What Happens at an Appointment?
Typically when visiting an Osteopath they will start by taking a thorough case history, as described above. The Osteopath will complete an Osteopathic examination, which usually involves observing posture and asking you to perform some simple movements. They will perform any necessary tests to diagnose the condition and then will conduct the appropriate treatment. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.

Osteopathy is one of only two complementary therapies in the UK regulated by law. It is illegal for anyone to call themselves an Osteopath unless they are registered with The General Osteopathic Council which is the statutory regulatory body for Osteopaths in the United Kingdom. To become registered all Osteopaths must have successfully completed a recognised degree in Osteopathy.

You can book an Osteopath appointment with Kieran Spencer, Kate Lichfield or Anita Watson.

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