Osteopathy in Bath and Melksham
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a gentle and effective manual (hands-on) therapy which uses a variety of techniques to ease pain and stiffness, and to improve mobility and circulation throughout the body. Osteopaths treat the person as a whole, recognising that the body is a complex and highly interconnected unit with the ability to heal itself, if conditions are right. Treatment focusses on removing the barriers to that natural healing process by releasing areas of tension in the neuro-musculo-skeletal system, restoring harmonious balance and movement to the body.
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What can Osteopaths Treat?
- Migraine prevention
- Neck pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Arthritic pain
- Rheumatic pain
- Digestive issues
- Circulatory problems
- Sports Injuries
- Back pain and lumbago
- Hip and knee problems
- Foot and ankle pains
- Sinus pain
- Achilles heel
- Neuralgias (trapped nerves)
- Cramps and muscle spasms
What to expect at your first appointment
After taking a detailed case history, I will need to assess the area of pain and some related body areas – for example, if you have ankle pain, I may need to examine your low back, and with shoulder pain, I may need to assess the mobility in your upper back and neck. Please wear or bring comfortable loose clothing that allows movement- shorts or leggings for example. After a thorough assessment I will discuss your diagnosis and proposed treatment plan. You will have time to ask any questions, and if you are happy to proceed we will begin your treatment.
Cranial osteopathy is a very gentle and relaxing treatment approach which uses the subtle movements of the connective tissues to detect and treat areas of restriction and tension throughout the whole body.
The Classical approach (also known as the body adjustment or general osteopathic technique) uses rhythmic mobilisations of each joint to locate and treat areas of stiffness and restriction, ensuring the body is functioning at its best.
This approach involves gently mobilising the abdominal organs and their supporting ligaments in order to improve lymphatic drainage, and address digestive and circulatory issues.
Sports (Kinesio) taping is often used by elite athletes to improve performance, but can also be a very useful adjunct to manual therapy to aid the healing process while providing flexible support to the area.
Medical acupuncture (‘dry needling’) involves inserting very fine sterile pins into the skin, and can be very effective for pain relief and relaxation of muscle spasms.
What Training Do Osteopaths Receive?
Osteopaths train for a minimum of 4 years full time, which includes at least 1000 hours treating patients in a supervised clinical setting. In addition to learning a wide variety of osteopathic techniques, student osteopaths also receive extensive training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology and orthopaedics. Upon graduation, newly-qualified osteopaths must apply for registration with the General Osteopathic Council (www.osteopathy.org.uk) and will then complete annual ongoing postgraduate training to keep fully up-to-date with the all the latest research and techniques.
As primary healthcare providers and musculoskeletal experts, we can provide you with access to assessment, diagnosis and effective treatment or onward referral- often on the same day you visit!
“After having suffered with my back for what seems like decades and in recent months a pinched nerve I can honestly recommend Marianne … Pinched nerve gone and my post-surgery trauma pains almost gone too. Updated 2/3 months forward and the post op pains are gone. I haven’t felt so free in ages! Thank you so much Marianne”
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