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What is Osteopathy?



We often hear a common misconception that Osteopathy is ‘just for backs’!

Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy and can be beneficial for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, such as low back pain including sciatica, joint pain, and frozen shoulder.

Seeing an Osteopath provides a versatile approach to healthcare. With an array of therapeutic techniques including cranial Osteopathy, it is suitable for patients of all ages, as well as specialist areas such as sports injuries, pregnancy, babies and children.

The benefits of seeing an Osteopath include:

· Osteopathy is a natural hands on therapy to relieve pain and discomfort

· Osteopathy removes obstacles within the body’s tissue to aid healing

· Osteopathy gets to the root cause and does not just treat symptoms

· Osteopathy stimulates the body’s own self healing mechanism

· Osteopathy helps improve nervous, circulatory and lymphatic function

· Osteopathy can increase joint mobility and function

What is involved in an Osteopathic consultation?

During your appointment with an Osteopath they will take a detailed case history, including questions about your symptoms as well as past injury and medical history. From this an assessment of posture and range of motion will be observed before conducting more specific testing for the symptoms you present with. Based on the findings your Osteopath will discuss their working diagnosis and management plan with you before providing your treatment.

Treatment is individualised and can involve techniques such as joint articulation and manipulation, soft tissue work, and cranial Osteopathy. Your Osteopath may also be trained in western medical acupuncture or dry needling and sports or kinesiology taping which can be used in conjunction with Osteopathic treatment to enhance your recovery.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Osteopathy and how we could assist you with pain management and injury prevention get in touch via our contact form on our website, email or call us direct.

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Laura Fishlock Osteoapthy

Shaw Osteopathic Clinic

70 Kiln Road

Newbury RG14 2LS

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