Osteopathy is a discreet medical speciality that recognises the importance of the link between the structure of the human body and the way it functions. The treatment was founded in America in 1874 by Dr Andrew Taylor Still and, in 1892, the first school opened. However, the fundamentals of osteopathy, massage and manipulation can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and other civilisations.
WHAT DOES OSTEOPATHY INVOLVE?
Osteopaths focus on the body’s skeleton and joint function along with the underlying muscles, soft tissue and internal organs. They work with their hands, using techniques such as deep massage, manipulation and mobilisation to treat conditions like back pain, sciatica, repetitive strain injury and sports injuries. It is the work of an osteopath to recognise and diagnose the cause of symptoms, eliminating by a thorough medical examination any pathology which requires further referral, and set about the process of restoring a degree of healthy functioning to the whole body by means of ‘hands-on’ treatment and deeply intuitive care.
OSTEOPATHY AT THE PUTNEY CLINIC OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
Our osteopaths at The Putney Clinic use physical therapy combined with electrotherapy. They have a strong emphasis on rehabilitation and strengthening exercises.
CONDITIONS TREATED WITH OSTEOPATHY
We can use osteopathy in the treatment of the following conditions:
- Neck and back pain
- Cervicogenic headache (headache arising from the neck)
- Migraine prevention
- Disc injuries including sciatica
- Sports injuries
- Shoulder conditions (e.g. rotator cuff syndrome)
- Stress related disorders
- Muscle tension and tears
- Lumbago and sciatica
- Generalised aches and pains
The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy offers sports osteopathy services at our clinics in Putney and Chelsea. Mobility of the body is of the utmost importance to the sportsperson. Poor flexibility in the joints and muscles will prevent the body from performing at its optimum. It can also often be a contributory factor to injury.
The bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues are structures that make the human body a dynamic machine. By assessing the posture and condition of those structures, osteopaths are able to promote a rapid recovery from injury. In addition to treating injuries, sports osteopathy can help to prevent them from occurring. It is particularly effective for sports that require controlled body mechanics, such as golf and tennis.
SOME OSTEOPATHY TERMINOLOGY
- Mobilisation: a gentle technique to loosen stiff joints and ease painful joints.
- Manipulation: a high velocity thrust technique with minimal range of motion. Used to help loosen a stiff joint.
- Traction: a gentle stretching technique than can be either manual or mechanical.
- Soft-tissue techniques: these include massage, deep tissue, trigger point and muscle energy techniques.