Whether you suffer from recurrent lower back pain or persistent aches and pains, osteopathy can be the answer.
What to expect
Going to see an osteopath involves a detailed assessment of the body as a whole functioning unit, not simply the bit that hurts. By appreciating the interdependence of the different parts of our body, osteopathy can identify where things are not working as they should and “solve’ the puzzle.
For example, misalignment of the lower back can cause leg injuries lower down or neck pain and headaches higher up.
Your osteopath will be able to educate you to understand your problem, why it is there and importantly, how it can be helped.
The treatment techniques used in osteopathy can vary, but usually include deep tissue massage, joint articulations/manipulation plus advice on posture, exercise and diet.
What can osteopathy help with?
The usual conditions an osteopath treats are low back pain and neck pain. However, it’s not uncommon for improvements in headaches, period pain, bowel function, eye sight and general health to take place alongside an improvement in presenting symptoms.
Sports injuries, RSI, pre/post natal discomfort, knee pain, hip and shoulder pain all usually respond very well to osteopathy too.
Orthodox medicine and physiotherapy tend to focus on the body part where the pain is. Although this is sometimes essential, especially in cases of trauma, the whole body approach used in osteopathy can help problems in an entirely different way that have not responded to a more direct, specific approach.
How it works
Osteopathy is primarily based on the principle of spinal alignment and the integrity of the spinal joints and nerves, The vertebral column is designed to protect our spinal cord and spinal nerves and at the same time, act as a centre of movement. A big ask! This dual functioning not surprisingly can run into problems. When spinal joints become stiff from old falls as a child, long sitting at a desk or excessive manual work, they can cause pain.
If a lower back joint becomes stiff or sore, it can cause a subtle lean to one side and upset the balance and symmetry of the body. Having one shoulder higher than the other is a tell tale sign. It is actually common to have two problems going on at the same time and is in fact the rule rather than the exception when bodies are in pain.
An osteopath can help put the imbalances in perspective – see how a neck problem has developed from lower down the spine, for example – and begin to realign the body. The key is to identify and treat the cause of the presenting symptoms.
Tim Goullet has taught at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London for 20 years
In his quest for a deeper understanding of human movement Tim has studied related subjects such as human evolution, embryology and childhood developmental patterns which have greatly enhanced the quality of his analysis and osteopathic treatment.
The Chelsea Osteopathic Practice was established in 2011 within Triyoga on King’s road in Chelsea, London. Our clinic provides both structural osteopathy for common conditions and cranial osteopathy when a more gentle approach is needed, for example with new born babies and pre/post natal mothers.
The Chelsea Osteopathic Practice
372, King’s Road
020 7349 4150