Osteopathy is a hands on approach to healthcare that is focused around the structural and functional relationship of the body.
It is a holistic approach to diagnosing and treating the body, focusing on the bones, joints, muscles, connective tissue, circulation and nerves to improve your health and well being.
All osteopaths manage acute or chronic pain by taking a thorough history, performing a physical assessment and providing the appropriate treatment. Osteopaths might test to see if your pain comes from the muscles, joints or ligaments, a problem in the nerves, or other issues which have changed the way the brain interprets pain. We can also provide the patient with advice on how to manage their condition.
Our Osteopaths often work with people suffering or looking to prevent an injury, with competitive sports people and patients who play recreationally. We can assess sporting injury risks and injury impacts, as well as give advice on movement for sporting performance. We check for imbalances or weaknesses in the body that could put a player at risk of injury and provide self management strategies. In addition to manual therapies, an Osteopath may use taping, bracing, splinting and other approaches when managing an injury.
Pelvic health support is a key focus area in osteopathy.
Osteopathy may assist women preparing for a pregnancy, women during pregnancy and women after the birthing process. At Newcastle Osteopathy we also have a keen interest on working with women with a musculoskeletal pelvic floor injury or pain and women experiencing altered movement and function of the pelvis.
Sciatica can be a painful and debilitating condition which may involve the lower back, discs, joints, muscles and nerves. An Osteopath will assess all of these areas as well as your overall alignment to tailor a specific treatment plan.
Headaches are often related to neck, back and alignment issues. A full case history and examination by an Osteopath may help to determine the cause of your headache and find a solution.
Common reasons why people see their local Osteopath – Neck or back pain, Leg pain, Postural issues, Sciatica, Mobility issues, Sports injuries, Muscular sprains and strains, Joint pain, Arthritis, Headaches and migraines
Osteopathy recognises the particular stresses on the body children experience as they grow from newborn babies to teenagers, and has developed an approach to work with children of all ages.
A range of problems may interfere with the normal development of a child. Accidents and falls, or simply the young body’s rapid growth can create or contribute to problems associated with bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Other issues faced by children include postural problems, sporting injuries and inflammatory problems.
We will work with you and your child to develop the best approach forward. A Osteopath we will take a complete medical history, conduct an examination, and ask you and your child questions. Your osteopath and you can determine which type of osteopathic treatment is suitable, and if referrals to other health practitioners are needed. Your osteopath can also offer advice on sleep, feeding and nutrition, general health, posture and exercise.
Osteopathic care is gentle without the use of drugs or surgery. It may assist the young body to adapt to growth-related changes which may prevent other health problems. It may help your baby grow into a healthy child and, ultimately, a healthy young adult.