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Osteopathy

osteopathy-pb-performanceWhat is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy assesses the muscles, joints and neurological control of the body. It focuses on diagnosis and treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.
 
Pain is often the tip of the iceberg; osteopathy helps to identify the cause of your pain and the maintaining factors which prevent healing. This is normally because of asymmetric movement patterns, poor posture or stress.

What can Osteopathy help with?

  • Reduce acute and chronic pain
  • Optimise sports performance
  • Reduce injury risk

How can Osteopathy improve performance?

exercise-injurySport and exercise stresses the tissues of the body and affects how well the body can function. A little stress in a balanced position will cause positive adaptations of strength, speed and endurance within the body. However, asymmetric movement, overtraining and poor recovery strategies will place the body under excess stress. This may cause no problem at all in the short term, but is setting the body up for an overuse injury, excessive fatigue and an extended period of recovery - not to mention sub optimal performance.
 
Osteopathy is your recovery strategy and maintenance plan to ensure you can keep doing what you love for as long as you like. Hands on treatment is used to reduce tissue tension, improve blood flow and drainage of metabolic waste products and return the musculoskeletal system to equilibrium. This is achieved via deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques, manipulation, Medical Acupuncture, stretching advice and much more.
 
Osteopathy is your catalyst for improvement to enable you to perform and compete at higher levels with ease and success. Obtaining basic levels of movement symmetry, balance and strength is essential for enhancing your performance, whether your sport is CrossFit, hockey, horse riding, rugby, rowing, running, swimming, triathlon, cycling etc. An osteopathic assessment and movement screen highlights the areas of your body which are not functioning as well, and are being a hindrance rather than asset to your development. These areas may be a result of previous injury, daily habits, muscle weakness or altered proprioception. But you don't have to be stuck with what you're born with. Specific exercises to improve your strength and coordination, alongside hands on tissue balancing techniques, will remove your current limitations and enable you to excel in your sport.
 
Osteopathy does it all and can treat pain or discomfort in any area of the body, from headaches, to whiplash, frozen shoulder, neck spasms, mid back and shoulder blade pain, pins and needles in the hands, elbow and wrist, lower back pain, sciatica, trapped nerves, DOMS or chronic muscle tension, hip and groin pain, knee pain, bursitis, Achilles pain, plantar fasciitis, shin splints and much more. Please look at the link for the complete list.
 

Conditions which osteopaths commonly treat

http://www.hadlowosteopaths.co.uk/conditions-treated.html
http://www.osteo4u.co.uk/conditions.html
 

Who can see an osteopath?

Osteopaths treat all ages including babies, children, pregnant women, elderly and those with disabilities. You do not require referral from a GP. A full Medical history will be taken prior to determine whether treatment is appropriate. Please see ‘What to expect/FAQ’ for more info
 
But remember, you don't have to be in pain to see an osteopath. Prevention is better than a cure so our advice is always to "Check yourself before you wreck yourself" and have an MOT.