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What is osteopathy

Osteopathy is a safe and effective form of manual therapy, which works on the basis that structure governs function, and vice versa. This means that any given tissue of the body (bone, muscle, ligament, tendon, joint, organ), which is not in its correct alignment or position, will be unable to function properly. This can then lead to restriction, pain and inflammation.

Osteopathy aims to help the body return to its normal, balanced function. It works with the body’s own natural healing process, via soft tissue techniques like massage, mobilization of the spine and joints, and occasionally manipulation which involves a quick but gentle release of a joint.

Osteopathy may help to alleviate the following conditions:

  • General aches and pains

  • General, acute and chronic back pain

  • Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain

  • Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)

  • Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis

  • Arthritic pain

  • Sciatica

  • Minor sports injuries

  • Muscle spasms

  • Neuralgia

  • Rheumatic pain

  • Frozen shoulder/shoulder and elbow pain/tennis elbow (arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck)

  • Postural strains/problems (eg. work related, pregnancy)

  • Osteopaths are fully trained in recognizing when osteopathy cannot treat a medical condition and will therefore refer a patient to their GP if and when necessary.

Osteopathy in York

Restore alignment through mobilisation of the spine, soft tissue massage and gentle release of the joints.

About your treatment

Your first consultation with your osteopath will involve taking a thorough case and medical history, after which the osteopath will examine you. After taking you through active movements and performing the relevant orthopaedic tests, the osteopath will give you their diagnosis and discuss the kinds of techniques they’ll use in that session. We recommend that you wear simple, comfy clothes and  opt for trousers and shorts over skirts or dresses.

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