Osteopathy examines the structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) of the human body.
If your body is to function well, its physical structure must also be in good working order. Osteopaths can use a variety of techniques, depending upon their individual training. These range from the stronger techniques of structural osteopathy, to the very gentle techniques of cranio-sacral osteopathy.
Osteopaths work to restore the patient's body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to:
the mobility of joints
the blood and nerve supply to tissues
the body's own healing mechanisms
Osteopaths also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery; and to promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
Many different people visit an Osteopath. Typical patients include:
- young people as well as more mature people
- manual workers
- office professionals
- pregnant women
- people with sports injuries
Every patient receives an individual assessment of their symptoms, and their treatment programme is based upon what is suitable for that person. Some patients require the stronger techniques of structural osteopathy; whereas for others, very gentle techniques are more appropriate.
Acupuncture can be useful for many different types of symptoms. Research in Western medical acupuncture has shown it does not have a simple, or single, mode of action. Instead, acupuncture has a range of effects on various functions. This makes it far more complex to understand and research.
Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. It increases the body's release of natural painkillers (endorphin and serotonin), in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received.
But acupuncture does much more than reduce pain. It also has a beneficial effect on health - patients often notice an improved sense of wellbeing after treatment.
Modern research shows that acupuncture can affect most of the body's systems - the nervous system, muscle tone, hormone outputs, circulation, antibody production and allergic responses, as well as the respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.
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The title 'osteopath' is protected by law. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the GOsC, which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety. Anne and Catherine are both listed on the on the GOsC Register.