What does an Osteopath do?
To an Osteopath for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.
Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to boost your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
The gentle manipulative techniques Osteopaths use can relieve any number of joint pains. Treatment is individual to each patient. Gently moving and stretching the restricted joints and releasing surrounding muscles and tissues can help ease discomfort whether its in your neck or your knee.
By working on general mobility of the other joints and muscles in the body your Osteopath may improve the mechanics of your body and allow your joints to work better and prevent further injury.
Osteopaths may also give advice on exercise, diet, posture and changes to lifestyle. X-rays, scans or other tests may be required and your Osteopath may refer you to your GP for any additional investigations and treatment if necessary.
About Laura Tilson
Laura Tilson is an Osteopath who provides consultations in South West London. She has completed training in providing osteopathic care for mums and babies with the Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy and Molinari Institute of Health.
You can book a Home Visit or come and see Laura at one of our clinics. Please call 0207 206 2625 or email info@LTosteo.co.uk to ask a question or book an appointment. You can also view our diary and book an appointment online here.