Osteopathy & Cranial Osteopathy
Osteopathy is a medical science focusing on holistic Homeostasis Balance of all systems using a bio-mechanical approach Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit. Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in your body.
Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues with the aim of restoring Neutrality of all joints and structural tissues.
When visiting us at STHC for the first time, a full case history will be taken as well as an examination. This generally requires the performance of a simple series of movements to enable our practitioner to identify any points of weakness or excessive strain throughout your body by using a highly developed sense of touch, called palpation. Osteopathic treatments are tailored to the requirements of the individual patient, and techniques are selected which are appropriate to the patient’s needs. For some acute pain, one to two treatments may be all that is necessary but for chronic conditions some ongoing maintenance may be required.
Cranial osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head. It is a gentle yet extremely effective approach and may be used in a wide range of conditions for people of all ages, from birth to old age. Osteopaths may have different specialities including sports injuries, paediatrics, and visceral osteopathy (treating the internal organs of the body). Cranial osteopathy embraces all of these.
Cranial Osteopathy, (also known as Osteopathy in the Cranial Field), can help people with many different disease processes. Treatment restores motion, improves vitality, and brings about a higher state of function. Because the focus is on health and the individual, rather than the disease, patients with virtually any condition may benefit. While Cranial Osteopathy is not a cure-all, the cranial concept often has provided a missing piece of the puzzle for many patients suffering from a wide range of symptoms that continue to challenge physicians in all specialties. Source: www.cranialacademy.org