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What is Osteopathy?

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Osteopathy is a healthcare system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions with or without associate aches and pain. Osteopaths work to restore the body to a state of balance where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.

Most people think of us as ‘back specialists’, however osteopaths treat many conditions affecting all parts of thebody. Back pain is just one of the symptoms osteopathy can help with.

Osteopathic treatment does not only target symptoms, but also treats the part(s) that caused the symptoms. Osteopaths have a holistic approach and take every part of your body and lifestyle into account. This ensures that the root cause of your pain will be addressed, as well as preventing conditions become worse. Osteopathy ensures good structural and mechanical balance to make all parts of your body work well together.

Imagine, for example, a car that has one of its front wheels not quite pointing straight. It may run well for a while, but after a few thousand miles, the tyre will wear out. Replacing the tyre will address the immediate issue, however until the wheel is realigned, the tyre on that side will continue to wear quicker than the others. You can apply this simple example to the human body, hence the reason it is so important to keep the body in good structural, functional and mechanical balance.

We use a wide range of techniques, including massage and joint mobilisation, and this breadth of approach allows us to personalise every patient’s own requirements.

Posted by Dr. Trishul Vadi (BOst, MChiro, MMCA) is one of just two practitioners in the UK qualified in both Osteopathy & Chiropractic on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

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