Osteopathy and Pain
When things aren’t working well in your body, obviously pain and discomfort are the result. And we know what it’s like to try to lead a normal and happy life when we’re suffering. Even little ‘niggles’ can affect your well-being. We take the little niggles as seriously as the big ones.
Pain can be caused by a wide variety of body tissues, anywhere in the body – muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones, cartilages, nerves – even blood vessels themselves can cause pain (migraine, for example).
The effect of osteopathic treatment is to release areas of restriction, improve movement and blood flow and correct any imbalances in the whole body. Very often, poor function in one part of the body will affect another part. So we assess and pay attention to how the whole body works as a system.
Well-being and health automatically follow. The body wants to heal itself.
Osteopathy has a direct effect on the autonomic nervous system – this is the system that organizes the minute-to-minute, automatic functions in the body. It especially controls muscle tension, digestion, alertness and the stress response, and changes in hormonal, biochemical and immune system activity. The autonomic nervous system is especially sensitive to hands on treatment.
Osteopathy and the whole person
We understand how the mind affects your body, and how your body affects your mind. We realise you can’t feel good in yourself if your body is uncomfortable. We are also aware how stress can cause problems in your body, and we know how to detect when this is happening. Our approach is to help your body and mind work in an integrated harmonious way. Our way of working is ‘person-oriented’.
Osteopathy as primary health care
In the UK osteopathy has become known mainly for the treatment of backache, but it was originally developed as a form of primary health care. That is, it was used to treat the kind of common problems with which people went to their family doctor. Most problems people take to their doctor are pain-in-the-body problems. These are exactly the ones that respond well to osteopathic treatment.
In 1993, the Osteopaths Act gave Osteopaths a similar legal status as doctors and dentists. This means that professional standards now protect Osteopathic patients in the same way as patients of doctors and dentists. All Osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council, which maintains the highest standards of education and ethics. Osteopathy was the first ‘alternative medicine’ to be given statutory self-regulation in this country. When you see an Osteopath, you’re in safe hands.
practitioners - Bevis Nathan and Samuel Maddock
Osteopathy is a hands-on treatment that promotes the health and proper functioning of your body
It improves blood circulation, settles nerves and encourages healthy, mobile joints and muscles. It also helps our organs function better. So osteopathy integrates and supports structures and processes in the body. It’s amazing how well the body harmonises and heals itself with a little help.
This is a tailor-made approach because your body is unique. We’re looking at your body and your lifestyle and the right kind of treatment for you. It’s not some off-the-shelf, standard solution.