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What Is Osteopathy ? Back to top
Osteopathy is the treatment of the musculo-skeletal system, using a system of manipulations to the body to restore normal function and release compressed bones and joints.
Osteopaths believe in the ability of the body to heal itself and their treatment assists in that process. Osteopathy was founded in the 1800s by a surgeon called Andrew Still.
Osteopathy being a Holistic approach to health, means that the focus is on the individual person.
At the consultation you will be asked about your medical history and lifestyle. The physical examination will require you to remove some clothing so that the osteopath can see how your body moves.
The treatment is aimed at structural problems not disease, the osteopath view the body as one unit therefore a problem in one part of the body can cause discomfort in another, a leg injury could cause neck pain. An osteopath uses a lot of different techniques, only the area affected is treated this is not a full body treatment like forms of massage. The list below explains a few.
are the eight major principles of osteopathy:
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Traction~pulling and stretching
Functional~test of range of motion in joints
Soft tissue~ a form or massage
Articulation~stretching the joint
Adjustment~manipulation producing cracking noise.
What can Osteopathy Help ? Back to top
Osteopaths treat a wide range of problems, here are some common ones.
Osteopathy can reduce pain, ease swelling and improve mobility and range of joint movement
offers assistance to asthma sufferers by working on all aspects of the
breathing mechanism, including the ribs, spine, diaphragm and other
muscles of breathing.
Muscular Aches and Pains
start to experience constant back problems or period pain only after
giving birth. This can be caused by weakened ligaments and the lack of
muscle strength, thereby causing imbalance in the pelvis and low back.
The osteopath can reduce the swelling and pressure around the slipped
disc or degenerate disc. Thereby reducing the pressure on the sciatic
Osteopaths are skilled in diagnosing back pain. Most back troubles
result from mechanical or functional disturbances of the spine.
Osteopaths have been treating back problems for over 100 years.
Cranial Osteopathy Back to top
Cranial osteopathy is a subtle type of osteopathic treatment to
encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body,
including the head.
Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape
change that is present in all body tissues. This is called Involuntary
Motion or the Cranial Rhythm. The movement is of very small amplitude,
therefore it takes practitioners with a very finely developed sense of
touch to feel it. This rhythm was first described in the early 1900's
by Dr. William G. Sutherland . Practitioners compare what your rhythm
is doing to what they consider ideal. This shows them what stresses
and strains your body is under at present, and what tensions it may be
carrying as a result of its past history. It also gives them an
insight into the overall condition of your body, for example if it is
healthy, or stressed and tired.
While it can be highly effective at relieving symptoms cranial osteopathy aims to treat the whole person not just the condition, so a very wide range of situations may benefit from treatment. These may include back and neck pain; joint pain and sports injuries; headaches, migraines and sinus problems; stress; recurrent infection; period pain; digestive difficulties; and treatment may also benefit general health and well-being.
The Perrin Technique
The Perrin Clinic is dedicated to helping sufferers with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME) The Perrin Technique™ which has helped hundreds of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and totally cured many since 1989
The Perrin Technique is based on Dr Perrin’s theory that different stress factors whether physical, allergies, emotional or infections lead to an overstrain of the sympathetic nervous system. Further investigation has led to a probable cause of this nervous system overload being a build up of toxins in the fluid around the brain and the spinal cord. Some of the poisons caused by infection or inflammation in the head or spine flow through perforations in a bony plate (the cribriform plate) just above the nasal sinuses into the lymph ducts of the face and neck. The toxins are also meant to drain down the spinal cord and out into the lymph ducts lying along the spine. In a CFS/ME sufferer these normal drainage points are congested.
Raymond Perrin’s research at the University of Salford in conjunction
with the University of Manchester has provided strong evidence that an
important component of CFS/ME involves a disturbance of lymphatic
drainage of the brain and muscles. The novel osteopathic treatment
developed by Raymond Perrin has been statistically validated in both
clinical trials, emphasising the need to focus future research on the
biomechanical aspects of this disorder. Raymond has expanded our
knowledge of CFS/ME, which led to a doctorate awarded by the
University of Salford.
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