What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathic treatment is tailored to each individual patient, focusing on them as a ‘whole’ to establish a diagnosis and treatment plan and then prevention and rehabilitation of many musculoskeletal disorders. Osteopaths’ consider the patient’s symptoms in the context of their full medical history, lifestyle and personal circumstances therefore allowing personalised treatment plans.


Sports injuries can affect can affect any joint and can be broadly classified as either traumatic or overuse injuries.  An injury that occurs as a direct result of a sudden event, such as a sprained ankle caused by twisting awkwardly, is known as an acute injury.  In contrast, an injury that is caused by overusing the same muscle group or joints is known as a chronic injury. Factors that may also contribute to injury are poor fitness, poor technique and structural abnormalities. Prevention is better than cure and at Aspire I will assess you for weaknesses and suggest the relevant strengthening and conditioning exercises to help reduce the risk of injury.

A big part of an osteopathic treatment programme is to address the ‘predisposing’ factors, that may have some bearing on your current symptoms (you may not have made this association) with the intention of minimising the risk your symptoms recurring.

In today’s society some of the most common predisposing factors we come across are lifestyle, posture (habitual and work/desk based), poor ankle/foot mechanics, trauma and occupation. If your predisposing factors are factors that you can not change or alter, i.e. occupation, we will discuss alternative methods of treatment, this usually means coming in for ‘maintenance’ treatments.

There is very little evidence-bsmallwomanased research to prove or disprove the effects of osteopathic techniques. It is near impossible to measure the effects of osteopathic techniques in order to have documented numbers as proof of its success. Success of treatment is more to do with ridding the patient of their offending symptoms and allowing them to continue with their daily activities. Every patient responds differently to treatment and their perception of their progress varies, therefore making evidence-based research very difficult. The sheer success of the profession and the thousands of success stories around the world should be proof enough that it works (in a majority of cases). The material on this website is therefore not backed up by evidence-based research. It is taken from years of experience of many different osteopaths (including learning from their mistakes) and thousands of patients’ experiences which is more meaningful ‘proof’ of its success.

 

For more information and an initial telephone consultation please contact me on
020 8530 8029 / 07808928066 or email me on Tammy@aspireosteopathy.co.uk