I have been a practicing Osteopath since 2009, treating a variety of mechanical problems ranging from back pain to head-aches and everything in between. A healthy state exists as long as there is normal flow of body fluids and nerve activity. Illness is often caused by mechanical impediments to this.
The human body provides all the chemicals necessary for the needs of its tissues and organs, but where function is compromised, impeded blood flow causes nutritional deficiencies within the tissues, creating dis-ease. Osteopathic techniques address physical imbalances/malaligments and free mechanical restrictions, which optimises fluid and energy flow. This allows the body to be restored back to health.
'Our issues are in our tissues'... The aetiology of disease can be attributed to social, mental/emotional, environmental and behavioural factors and it's important also to acknowledge those factors in our lives which could be translating into physical symptoms if we want to heal disease.
Consultation - What to expect
Discussion of your medical history and life-style which will provide information to guide us through to the next step.
Physical assessment - this will consist of observation, palpation and assessing quality and range of movement throughout your body. The information will be used to diagnose the problem from a holistic perspective.
Treatment - I select from my 'toolbox' of techniques which would be most appropriate for you. I'd discuss this with you so we are in mutual agreement and understanding as to how we proceed.
Management discussion. Moving forward there may be lifestyle factors or exercises which would be beneficial for you to do at home. Recommendations of helpful sources of information or other therapists who may be of benefit.
Follow-up treatments are usually required but is on a case-by-case basis.
Jessie Ellerton Registered Osteopath and Yoga Teacher