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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a holistic form of treatment. We look at the body as a whole entity, emphasising that all parts of the body are interrelated. As an osteopath we study not only physiology, neuroscience, anatomy and techniques, but also the fundamentals and principles of osteopathy. All this goes to show that a part of the body is painful even though the injury site might not correspond to this area.

What does a consultation consist of?

Articulation:

The movement of a joint into its different physiological planes of mobility.

Manipulation:

Low or high velocity thrust (LVT or HVT) of a joint which improves movement by gapping the joint and sometimes produces a ‘click’, increases blood flow and drainage to and from the area, stimulates the nervous system and helps with the lymphatic drainage.

Massage:

Soft tissue work which improves muscle tone by relaxing tight muscles.

Ligamentous techniques:

Gentle manoeuvres of ligaments by direct or indirect techniques in order to help stretch and lengthen ligaments

Visceral techniques:

Gentle points of pressure in the abdomen that helps to work on tight ligaments or directly release the smooth muscle in the intestine. This is in order to improve bowel, liver and kidney function.