Osteopathy is a safe and natural health care system, which focuses on the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons). It combines scientific knowledge of anatomy, physiology and clinical methods of investigation with detailed examination using the hands. Regulated by the General Osteopathic Council, all Osteopaths must undergo intensive training and adhere to strict legal guidelines.
According to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service website, “Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints.”
Osteopathy treats many causes of pain and imbalance, from tendonitis to joint and muscle inflammation. Those causes can arise from conditions such as Osteoarthritis, sports injuries, postural imbalances or simple unexplained muscle spasm. However, as well as treating the symptomatic area, I find and treat the underlying cause of pain to help prevent symptoms reoccurring.
This area may not be at the site of pain, but in another area entirely, causing a functional imbalance. Treatment can involve deep tissue massage, mobilisation of the joints, trigger point therapy and joint manipulation.
Part of the tailor-made treatment includes advice on posture, exercise, diet and lifestyle. Treatment involves a combination of soft tissue massage and stretching, joint manipulation, cranial osteopathy, trigger point acupuncture as well as advice on exercise, posture and nutritional influences.
Balanced Body Clinic in Twickenham provides excellent service and allowing the maximum time needed to do a comprehensive consultation and effective treatment.