28 Mar What Conditions Do Osteopaths Treat?
Osteopathy is an incredibly useful and effective practice that can assess, diagnose, treat and prevent a vast array of different health problems, although it is most commonly used to treat back pain and posture problems.
It uses a combination of movement and stretching, along with deep tissue massage and manipulation of the muscles and joints to help improve function and relieve pain to aid your recovery.
The main principle behind osteopathy is the idea that our overall health and wellbeing generally relies on how our bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues all work together.
If you go and see an osteopath, they will sit down with you and really take the time to understand you and your symptoms, talking to you about your lifestyle and medical history to make a diagnosis about what’s causing your pain or loss of function.
Once this has taken place, it is then possible for a treatment plan to be devised, tailored specifically to you in order to achieve the best outcome and relieve any symptoms you may be experiencing.
Back pain is the biggest single cause of disability in the UK, with lower back pain alone making up 11 per cent of the total disability of the country’s population (NHS, National Back Pain Pathway), and it is certainly one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints that GPs see… and which osteopaths treat.
But it’s not just back pain that the team here at Guildford osteopathic clinic OsteoVision can help with and if you’re experiencing any of the following problems, please do get in touch and see how we can treat your symptoms and help improve your mobility and function.
Neck pain is another very common musculoskeletal condition, often caused by stress, workload and lifestyle, although if you have sustained an injury then it’s essential you go and see a health professional so that serious problems can be ruled out.
Shoulder problems are the third most common reason why people need to go and see their GP for a musculoskeletal issue, after lower back and neck pain. Discomfort can be experienced for a year or more, so it’s important to have any problems dealt with as soon as you can.
Another common problem is hip pain, which can affect people of any age and can be down to any number of different causes. Hip problems can manifest themselves as pain in the groin, back, buttock, knee or lower leg.
Knee pain can be particularly debilitating and can often prevent you from doing the activities you love, so make sure you address any symptoms you may be experiencing as soon as you can.
Elbow, hand & wrist pain
Degeneration in the hand, wrist and elbow is a normal part of the ageing process, but injuries can be sustained through repetitive overloading activities without adequate arm strength.