OSTEOPATHY IN GREAT BARR
Osteopathic treatment offers the option of drug free pain relief for people of all ages. We aim to restore the body's mobility and function and so improve overall quality of life.
WHAT CAN AN OSTEOPATH TREAT?
Osteopathy is used to treat a wide range of conditions gently and effectively.
Osteopathy treats a wide range of problems related to muscles, joints, ligaments and other soft tissue. Most people who see an osteopath do so for help with back pain, neck pain and joint pain.
Our Osteopathic treatments can help you manage pain often caused by other ailments such as arthritis quickly and often painlessly. One of the most attractive reasons for seeing an Osteopath is because they can often treat and help you manage your pain without the use of surgery, medication or injections.
At Great Barr Osteopaths, we assess our patients from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint. Our manual methods of treatment will be applied to suit the needs of each individual patient.
Our patients come to us from all walks of life - from athletes to office workers, from young to old.
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Back pain is extremely common and a large portion of society suffer with back pain in one form or another in their life time.
There a multitude of reasons and causes for back pain. Common causes are:
- Muscle spasms
- Disc problems
- Compression of the nerves
- Joint and Spine damage
- Even bad posture can cause back ache
Back pain can be extremely painful and cause you to become less mobile, affecting many areas of your life.
The great news is that in many cases Osteopathy can alleviate your symptoms quickly and in a non-invasion manner.
Neck pain is common in people of all ages and is often caused by how we use our necks.
Working all day bent over a computer, driving long distances, poor posture while standing or sitting, stress and tiredness are all factors that can cause the muscles in the neck and upper back to become tight and the joints to become stiff which can contribute to ongoing neck pain.
Sometimes a nerve in your neck can become irritated or “trapped” and cause pain in the arm going down into your shoulder or the hand, and may be accompanied by pins and needles and numbness.
Some headaches can be the result of tension or stiffness in the neck and upper back.
Arthritis or age-related wear and tear in the neck can also cause muscular pain from the neck into the shoulder as well as some stiffness in moving the neck.
As Osteopaths we can use a wide range of techniques to improve the muscular tension in your neck and improve movements in the joints of both your neck and upper back.
We can help with joint pain including hip and knee pain and other joint pain that may be caused by osteoarthritis.
Common causes of joint pain are as follows (an Osteopath can help relieve the symptoms of these ailments):
- Frozen shoulder
- Tennis elbow
- Wrsit pain
- Hip pain
- Knee strain
- Foot and ankle pain
- If your symptom isn't listed please get in touch because we still may be able to help.
Arthritis is a common condition which causes pain, swelling and inflammation and often stiffness in the joints of the body.
The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis but there are many other types including ankylosing spondylitis, gout, psoriatic arthritis and reactive arthritis. Certain types of arthritis can also affect children.
Osteoarthritis is a result of wear and tear of the joints in the body. It is common in people over 50 and most commonly affects the joints of the knees, hips, neck and back, base of the toes and hands.
Treatment is individual, gently moving and stretching an arthritic joint and massaging surrounding muscles and tissues can help ease some of the discomfort.
We may work on general mobility of the other joints and muscles in the body to help the mechanics of the body work better.
During pregnancy the body experiences an abundance of transformation and growth to support a developing fetus. The postural adjustments and increase in body weight are apparent.
However additional changes might be more understated, such as the results of hormonal softening of ligaments and the position of the developing baby.
A mix of the aforementioned can put further stress on your muscles and joints of both your spine and pelvis.
The philosophy of Osteopathy is that structure and function are interrelated and interdependent.
We aim to support your body's structure and help it to return to normal, so that it functions as efficiently as possible. Treatments during pregnancy are no different.
Our treatments are safe for both the mother and baby. We carefully select our techniques to provide drug free pain relief.
We can also help support your body through changes after pregnancy and childbirth.
Bad posture could cause a variety of problems that may include:
- Back pain
- Spinal problems
- Poor circulation
- Joint degeneration
- Muscle fatigue and strain
- This is not an exhaustive list.
We can help improve your posture and work with you to work out he cause and then treat it by:
- Improving your muscular flexibility
- Improving the range of your joint motion in the spine
- Showing you "good" posture
- Demonstrating exercises to strengthen your postural muscles.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN I VISIT GREAT BARR OSTEOPATHS?
Your first visit to us will involve us taking a full case history along with an examination.
You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing and to perform a simple series of movements. We will identify any points of weakness or excessive strain throughout your body.
We may need additional investigations such as x-ray or blood tests. This will allow a full diagnosis and suitable treatment plan to be developed with you. Our service is patient centered, resulting in a tailored treatment geared to you as an individual.
We aim to restore the function and stability of your joints this will in turn, help your body heal itself.
We use our hands to treat your body, it's joints and muscles in a wide variety of ways.
Our treatments are suitable for people of all ages. When treating children or elderly patients, we employ gentle releasing techniques.
Using the sense of our trained touch - we can identify and correct mechanical disturbances and limitations, both in and around the joints for the skull and throughout the body.
ARE OSTEOPATHS REGULATED?
YES is the short answer! It is regulated under UK law. It is regulated in a similar way to that of the regulation for medical doctors.
Under the terms of the Osteopaths Act 1993, only people registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) can practice Osteopathy and call themselves Osteopaths.
By law, osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). The GOsC only accepts registration from practitioners who have a qualification in osteopathy that's recognised by the GOsC and who comply with their standards of practice.