About Osteopathy

Crystal Palace Osteopathy

man with back pain

Osteopaths are skilled in assessing the mechanics of the whole body, in particular the spine. We help people of all ages with drug free manual therapy to relieve bodily stress and tension caused by back and joint pain, muscular strains, acheing hips and knees, tendonitis, repetitive strain injuries, abdominal tension, chest tension, tight neck and shoulders, and postural fatigue all of which can lead to general ill health. Osteopathy can help babies and young children with bodily tension and asymetries which may have been caused by various reasons including digestive problems, muscle spasms and inability to relax.

What to expect

On your first visit the osteopath will take a detailed medical history from you followed by a careful examination. You may be asked to undress to your underwear, but if you are uncomfortable with this please let us know, as you can be treated wearing loose clothing. We also have a modesty gown which you can change into behind a screen.

The examination will include a postural assessment, which will involve asking you to make various movements, we might check your reflexes, and we will physically examine the area of pain or injury.

The osteopath will make a diagnosis of the cause of the symptoms using the information you provide and the clinical examination, to understand why those symptoms have developed. If there is some clinical doubt regarding your diagnosis, your Osteopath may refer you to your GP for X-rays, MRI scans, or pathology testing.
Osteopathic consultation and treatment lasts 30 minutes and costs £45.

Treatment

osteopathic treatment

This will vary according to the needs of the patient. Treatment methods consist of varied techniques including muscular and soft tissue relaxation, bony manipulation and articulation techniques, and very gently applied methods used by Cranial Osteopaths, depending on individual patients’ problems.

You will be given an idea of how long it may take your injury to respond, and if there is any long-term weakness. Each person responds differently to treatment, so sometimes we will have more idea of this after the first treatment.

You may also be given exercises, advised to apply ice, or to rest.

Osteopaths treat the whole person, not just conditions, and in this way a wide variety of problems may be helped. Treatment is aimed at releasing strains and stresses that have often accumulated over years. When tight muscles and tissues which may have been compressing small blood vessels are released, local circulation may improve. This often results in the improvement of many different aspects of health. Sometimes only a few treatments are needed; others benefit from regular treatment, or an occasional ‘service’ every few months to keep body functions in working order.

How can Osteopathy improve my quality of life?

Whilst you may visit the Osteopath for back, neck, shoulder, hip or knee pain you could find that osteopathy can improve your general health and quality of life.

Osteopaths treat each person individually, using manual therapy to make changes in the quality of muscles, body tissues and bony structures to improve the way the body works.

Like a garden, your body needs tender loving care for best performance. The blood and other circulating fluids deliver essential nutrients, water and oxygen to each cell. They also carry wastes out of the body. Tense muscles constrict circulation and this can cause the body to struggle just to carry out every day tasks.

Nerves exiting the spine from your neck to your lower back give impulses for the body to move and for the organs to perform vital tasks such as digestion, breathing and circulation. Any restrictions in your spine could affect the way your body tissues and organs work, and if unchecked, may eventually lead to disease.

Restrictions can occur over time due to postural strains, accidents, falls or a period of increased physical or mental stress. Release of these tensions can reduce pain and discomfort, improve breathing, circulation and digestion and increase energy levels.

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It is not necessary to be in pain to benefit from osteopathic treatment. Osteopathy can be helpful for a number of reasons, not least of all for the well-known saying : prevention is better than cure!

How can Osteopathy help with Stress, Fatigue and Gradual Bodily Change?

The challenges and demands of modern life can accumulate as stress and strains in the body. This is often exacerbated by occupational postures, where certain muscle groups are used repetitively and shortened, while other muscle groups are not used and become weak.

There are many different reasons for our aches and pains. Sometimes they can be traced back to an accident or trauma that may have occurred some time ago. Pain does not always arise immediately. However the disruption of normal function causes strains to build up over time and we start to get arthritic aches and pains often seemingly for no reason. Although we know that we should be doing something to help ourselves, over time we can lose awareness of our body’s state in our effort to keep up with the increasing pace of life.

Some join the gym, often to find they ache afterwards, or maybe incur injuries in their enthusiasm to get fit. Some find that the ageing process affects their ability to perform activities that once were easy, and they lose physical confidence.

Osteopathic treatment can bring awareness back to the body. An Osteopath can assess posture and give advice on suitable exercise. Osteopathic treatment can help you to relax your breathing. It can also assist blood circulation which nourishes tired body tissues. Treatment can improve joint mobility which may help lubricate and preserve joint cartilage. We can help relax tense muscles, assisting the body’s natural healing processes, improving quality of life.

Advancing years

elderly lady

Advancing year are often accompanied by various health problems :

Arthritic pain due to degeneration of cartilage joint surfaces, can occur in many of the joints in the body with the spine, hips and knees often the most debilitating. Gentle manipulative osteopathic treatment can aid circulation to the joint, improving mobility which may slow further deterioration. If replacement surgery is eventually needed, osteopathic treatment before and afterwards can improve health of connective tissues around the joint which may help towards a swifter recovery. Regular osteopathic treatment aimed at improving lymphatic drainage can help arthritic pain.

Heart disease & lung problems may be aggravated by tension in the chest. Chest muscles tighten when we are worried or under stress, reducing chest expansion during breathing and constricting the heart and lungs.* Gentle osteopathic treatment aims to release this tension and encourage and help towards improved breathing.

Falls are more likely as we get older. With increasing age, the body tissues lose some of their flexibility and elasticity and do not recover as quickly from trauma. This imparts lasting strains in the body, which can not only aggravate existing problems, but also predispose to other illnesses. Osteopathy can be effective at releasing the residual strains and tensions from past incidents, which allows the body to function more efficiently.

Poor circulation especially in the legs may be related to lack of mobility or heart and lung disease*. The thoracic diaphragm is a large drum skin-like muscle beneath the heart and lungs and above the abdomen. As you breath, the rhythmic movement of the diaphragm ‘massages’ the heart, lungs and abdomen. The diaphragm’s function is associated with breathing and drainage of the legs. Treatment can improve mobility, lymphatic drainage and local circulation.

*If you have poor circulation, breathing problems or chest pain we recommend you consult your GP.