Osteopathy focuses on the structure and function of the body and endeavours to find how and why a problem has occurred. This is done through taking a comprehensive case history followed by an active assessment of how the body is moving. This is to determine the route case of the problem and decide how best to treat the complaint to reach full recovery. Treatment involves hands on soft tissue massage, joint articulation and manipulation when appropriate.
Often there is the question of what is the difference between osteopathy and physiotherapy. The answer is not an easy one as treatment can vary from practitioner to practitioner but there are some main points. Physiotherapy training takes place within the NHS where as osteopathic training takes place at private schools of osteopathy contain their own private clinics. This then means that a physiotherapist’s knowledge of operations and post operative rehabilitation is more in depth as the training involves hospital rotations. Osteopathy training focuses only on ‘out patient’ treatment and can involve the use of manipulation of joints when appropriate. If you are unsure of which treatment modality is best for your complaint, please contact the clinic and one of our experienced practitioners can advise you further.
When you visit our osteopath for the first time a full case history will be taken and you will be given an examination. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing and to perform a simple series of movements. Our osteopath will then use a highly developed sense of touch, called palpation, to identify any points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body.
Our osteopath Shelley Williams qualified from the British School of Osteopathy with an honours degree in July 2000 and since qualifying Shelley has gone on to become one of a handful of practitioners with a masters degree in osteopathic treatment of animals.