Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of musculo-skeletal 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.
In the UK, Osteopath’s must study for four to five years in order to register with the General Osteopathic Council, and only those registered with the General Osteopathic Council may call themselves an Osteopath.
What can Osteopathy treat?
Osteopathy is used to treat aches, pains and dysfunction related to the musculo-skeletal system. Treatment can be tailored to your specific problem, allowing your body to return to normal function. Common conditions that can be treated include:-
- Arthritic pain
- Back pain (not arising from injury or accident), General, acute & chronic backache.
- Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
- Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
- Joint pains
- Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis (as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise).
- Generalised aches and pains
- Migraine prevention
- Minor sports injuries
- Muscle spasms
- Tension and inability to relax
- Rheumatic pain
- Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)
How Osteopathy treatment works.
People choose to see an Osteopath for a variety of reasons. They may have pain or restricted movement. They may have sports injuries or they may simply want to improve their posture and be more active.
Osteopaths use a broad range of hands on measures during treatment; including soft tissue techniques, stretching, mobilisation and manipulation of joints. What techniques are used in your treatment is dependent on your age, fitness and diagnosis.
What’s the difference between Osteopathy and Chiropractic?
Osteopathy and Chiropractic can be seen as two very similar disciplines in that they both treat musculo-skeletal complaints and both aim to improve musculo-skeletal function and hence general health and wellbeing overall.
The nature of practice and techniques used can differ between osteopaths and chiropractors, although they often use very similar techniques.
Why choose Osteopathy at the Active Health Centre
In order to thoroughly understand the reasons for your condition, our Osteopaths devote up to an hour for your initial visit and then half an hour for every subsequent treatment. Not only giving you value for money but also allowing you time to relax and tell your Osteopath what has happened between appointments regarding your condition.
Our Osteopaths provide care for all ages; children, adults, pregnant ladies and OAPs., using a broad range of hands on techniques to tailor treatment to each individual.
The Active Health Centre is conveniently located close to Leeds ring road in Rodley at the Rodley Wellbeing Centre, 6A Rodley Lane, LS13 1HU.
Various insurers accepted. Please check with your insurer prior to treatment.