What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
What’s it good for?
What can I expect from Osteopathy at Kingston Natural Health Centre?
Our osteopaths treat a variety of conditions including :
Back Pain, Neck Pain, Shoulder and Arm Problems, Pelvis Leg and Hip Problems, Change of Posture During Pregnancy, Babies suffering from Reflux, Colic and having Sleeping Difficulties
Patients have found osteopathy helpful for many other conditions. One of our Osteopaths will be happy to discuss your condition with you.
Make an Appointment
If you feel that Osteopathy is for you and want to book a session please call 0208 549 8000. You can also check our Therapists own pages for their individual availability.
More about Osteopathy
Osteopathy is one of the most important complementary treatments available today. It is also one of the most important treatments available in our Centre. It was first practiced in America in 1874 and has been gaining in popularity ever since. Over seven million consultations take place in this country every year.
Osteopaths use a broad range of gentle hands-on techniques including soft tissue stretching, deep tactile pressure, mobilization and joint manipulation. Each of these techniques always aims to restore tissue mobility. Once restrictions are lifted, the reduction of inflammatory stress combined with greater mobility allows the body’s self healing mechanism to function, thus providing the body with the opportunity to heal itself.
Osteopathy is a unique holistic approach to health care. Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use manual techniques to find and treat the cause, thus restoring the balance in the different body’s systems and allowing the body to reach good health and wellbeing.
To an osteopath, for your body to work well, it’s structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring
Though the root of the word ‘osteopath’ means ‘bone,’ osteopaths do not actually treat bones. Rather, they use the bones as levers to improve the condition of other structures in the body like muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and organs. By treating these structures, osteopaths can aid the body’s natural healing ability.