Osteopathy is a medical discipline based on manual diagnosis and treatment of the human body. It is a well-respected holistic therapy. A well-balanced body is able to adapt, change and function so that YOU can DO whatever you want to – whether physically, mentally or spiritually.
Osteopathy is a combination of three things; a science, an art and the technique, in much the same way as man is a combination of mind, body and spirit. Combine these three elements with a passion, conviction and a will to help others and you have a highly trained Osteopath!
- The ‘Science‘. – lies in an in-depth knowledge of the human body, derived from basic medical subjects such as anatomy, physiology, neurology, pathology etc. This knowledge allows us to practice osteopathy safely and to know when a patient should be referred to medical practitioners.
- The ‘Art’. – and skill of osteopathy lies in understanding the patient one is dealing with. Understanding how to approach him/her in a manner that will restore balance to the body and therefore allow the body to reclaim a healthier state.
- The ‘Techniques’ – are the body of Osteopathy. They allow medical science and the artful approach towards a patient to be channelled into a manual treatment that removes the obstacles that impede normal movement. Using a variety of techniques to aid natural healing by promoting excellent blood and nerve supplies osteopathy thereby changes the natural structure and function of the body, anywhere in the body. These techniques are passed from hand to hand through the generations of Osteopaths and develop with the patients that the Osteopath treats over time.
The techniques that are employed range from manipulation of the joints (sometimes accompanied by a clicking noise that is NOT painful), massage techniques of various kinds, articulation – stretching and mobilising techniques, cranio-sacral techniques etc. Each treatment is individually put together in the moment for ultimate benefit.
Dietary, health style, postural, exercise advice etc is also given where applicable to help prevent re-injury and maintain robust good health.
Initial consultations cost £50 and are half an hour.
Subsequent visits are also half an hour and cost £45.
© Gayle Palmer 2005-2012