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What Is Osteopathy And Can It Help Me?
Osteopaths use their hands to treat muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and the skeleton to ensure good structure and function of the body. This is key to the osteopath's role in assisting the body to self-repair and maintain health.
Ensuring that the patient's musculoskeletal system is functioning properly is essential in the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions including back pain, arthritic pain, repetitive strain injuries, postural problems due to work, hobbies or pregnancy and sports injuries. The symptoms of many other conditions may also be reduced by osteopathy such as digestive, respiratory or gynaecological illnesses.
Osteopaths treat a diverse range of people from pregnant ladies, babies and children to manual and office workers and older people. The different types of techniques osteopaths have to offer is very useful as it allows a flexible and adaptable treatment approach to suit every individual.
Osteopathic treatment involves stretching, articulation, massage and manipulation to increase the range of movement in all the joints of the body (not only the spine) as well as reducing muscle tension and pain. However, osteopathy is not only about removing pain, we are also concerned with what the underlying cause of the pain is. Whether it is caused by a postural problem, injury or occupation, we aim to help our patients to reduce these strains on the body by treatment as well as by exercise and postural advice.
A lot of health advisors say that its just 'your age' and that nothing that can be done to help – it is arthritis and you're stuck with it! Osteopaths do not believe this – we know that although we can not take away the wear in the joints, we can help to reduce the pain that it causes and improve mobility throughout the body. This means that although we cannot remove osteoarthritis (wear and tear), we can help to reduce the impact that it has on your life.
The changes in the body's posture that occurs with age cause a lot of strain to be put on the back, joints and muscles and leads to a great deal of pain and stiffness when moving. This can reduce your mobility greatly and prevent you from being able to get out and about or stop you enjoying time with your friends and family.
Osteopaths can help the body cope with the strains of the ageing process by gentle stretching and muscle relaxing techniques. Our aim is to guide the joint through its range of movement whilst gently encouraging a greater degree of freedom and less stiffness. The muscles around the affected joint can also be very contracted and painful and therefore gentle stretching techniques will be applied to them to allow them to relax. This muscle relaxation allows the joint to move easier and also reduces the pain from the muscle.
During your visit advice will also be given on gentle stretching techniques that you can do at home to help maintain the mobility the treatment has given you and prevent the pain and stiffness returning. Osteopathic treatment and advice together can improve mobility, ease pain and stiffness and loosen muscles.
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One of our experts will complete an assessment, make a diagnosis and come up with a personalised treatment plan for you.
Get Out Of Pain & Back To Doing What You Love
We will use hands-on therapy and a home exercise program to help eliminate your pain.
Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic
The Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic was established and is run by Sue Jennings, BSc (Hons), Osteopath. The Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic is situated on the ground floor of Lordswood Leisure Centre, North Dane Way, Chatham, with plenty of free parking and disabled access.
The clinic is open during the daytime on Monday to Friday, evening appointments available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings. Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic staff are all registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).