Osteopathy is a system of diagnosing and treating muscle and skeletal issues while looking at the complaint in context of the whole person. A problem is rarely isolated to one area, often causing (or been caused by) an issue in another. Treatment is effective, safe and doesn't use drugs or any toxic substance. Instead it works with the body restoring blood flow and nerve function so healing is not interrupted.
Why choose Newhill Osteopathy?
Newhill Osteopathy offers the latest approach to treating pain and dysfunction within the body. We follow the biopsychosocial model of health care which incorporates the latest thinking and research when it comes to helping people get back to fitness and out of discomfort.
Osteopathy, physiotherapy or chiropractic care?
This is a vey common question we often get asked. The truth is Osteopathic, Physiotherapy and Chiropractic treatments follow very similar approaches. Some poeple may find they get more benefit from one approach over another, but it is very individual and depends on the person and how they react to the treatment.
As a very rough guide;
- Physiotherapists commonly use more exercise based programs
- Chiropractors commonly use manipulations (cracking of joints)
- Osteopaths commonly use a combination of soft tissue techniques and manipulation, and will often advise on exercises to do at home between treatments.
Although there is a lot of cross over between professions, and also variability between individuals within the same profession!
The best advice is to ask around for a recommendation!
How do I know osteopathy is right for me?
Osteopathy can help with a wide range of problems. We are always happy to have a discussion about what we can offer and how we can treat any potential patients. Please call the Centre in Horley on 01293 369 442 and ask to speak to the osteopath, who will either speak to you immediately or call you back at a convenient time for you.
How can osteopathy help?
Osteopathy is a manual treatment that doesn't use drugs or surgery, but has been shown to be helpful in treating a number of skeletal and muscular conditions. Osteopaths use techniques that work directly on the muscles, ligaments and tendons and also on the alignement of the bones in the body.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a primary health care practice which can be used to treat a wide range of acute and chronic health conditions. Osteopathy is one of the nine healthcare professions in the UK, alongside doctors and dentists, which is regulated by law.
Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners meaning GP referral is not necessary. To qualify, a student osteopath must complete 4 – 5 years of intense training and over 1000 hours of clinical practice. This is similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine.
How do Osteopaths treat?
Osteopaths treat using a variety of techniques including soft tissue massage, joint articulation, joint manipulation, stretching of muscles and cranial techniques. Advice on posture and self-management including exercises may be given to aid recovery, promote tissue health and prevent symptoms recurring. The overriding aim is to stimulate the body’s innate capacity for self-healing to restore a more balanced state of health and function.
Osteopaths may use orthopaedic, neurological and other system examinations to help assess and diagnose each patient as some more sinister pathologies can present as muscle or joint pain.
Osteopaths work closely with GPs and other healthcare professionals to ensure appropriate referrals are made if necessary.Osteopathic evaluation and treatment is holistic and patient-centred meaning that each treatment is tailored to each individual. Osteopathy appreciates that much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body’s structure as a result of injury, illness, stress, and the chronicity of daily living, as well as disease.
Osteopaths therefore, look at all the factors which may be contributing to, or helping to maintain a problem. This breadth of approach means that treatment may not always be focused to the area of symptoms.
Who is Suitable for Osteopathic Treatment?
People of any age may benefit from osteopathic treatment and it can provide relief for straightforward mechanical problems as well as help manage more long term conditions. It is suitable for people from all walks of life – from manual workers to office staff; weekend warriors to elite athletes; newborns to pregnant women.
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