Catherine is our resident osteopath located at our Wigan clinic explains about her profession
Osteopaths are primary health care professionals, focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders. An osteopath works on the musculoskeletal tissues, including, bones, muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. The aim of treatment is to increase the mobility of the joints, relieve muscle tension, reduce pain and enhance blood supply to help the body to heal.
Osteopathic techniques, include massage, articulations, stretching and manipulations. They also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
The Osteopath Approach
An osteopath has a patient-centred approach to health and well-being. This means they consider symptoms in the context of the patients full medical history as well as their lifestyle and personal circumstances. This holistic approach ensures that all treatment is tailored to the individual patient. You might visit an osteopath after an injury or for painful symptoms associated with the lower back, neck or shoulders. However an osteopath is trained to treat any area of the body to aid in recovery of painful symptoms.
In the UK, osteopathy is a health profession regulated by UK law to ensure the profession works within guidelines to help and protect patients effectively.