Introduction and establishment of osteopathy
steopathy is a form of alternative or complementary medicine which can be used alone or alongside conventional medical care to help combat the symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders.
Our osteopath in Chalfont is trained, qualified and specialised in the detection, treatment and prevention of many different types of musculoskeletal issues using tailored movements, stretches and massage of the patient's muscles and joints. It is a highly popular and well established manual therapy in which both diagnosis and treatment are carried out with the hands.
Osteopathy has been around for over a century and much research and development has been carried out in this field during this time. It was first introduced by Andrew Taylor Still, who thought that correcting structural issues or abnormalities of the body was key to healing and overall good health. He believed that issues with the spine can send nerve signals to other parts of the body resulting in aches and pains, as well as other illnesses. Andrew Taylor Still developed osteopathic manipulation treatments with a goal of restoring the nerves to a healthy state and promoting circulation so the body could heal itself.
This was the beginning of osteopathy as we know it today, which is a drug-free, non-invasive form of manual medicine, based around the idea that it is important to focus on the health of the whole body, to promote overall wellbeing, not just the site of pain or injury alone.
Osteopathy for lower back pain
Our osteopath in Chalfont will be able to help you address conditions that affect the muscles, bones and joints. Commonly presented issues to our osteopath in Chalfont include lower back pain, a problem affecting a third of the adult population here in the UK. Lower back issues are painful, uncomfortable and debilitating, and statistics show that approximately 80% of adults will experience lower back pain at least once in their life. Back strains and sprains are the most common cause of back pain causing mechanical issues and soft-tissue injuries.
Our osteopath in Chalfont will do a visual examination of your back and spine where they will make you undergo simple exercises to assess the movement of your spine and your body as a whole. This is to see which areas of your body are affected by your back pain and put together an individually tailored treatment plan to help combat your symptoms. Our osteopath will use gentle massage and stretching techniques and simple exercises which will help increase blood circulation to the affected area, encourage lymphatic drainage to remove toxins from the area and hopefully promote better mobility and flexibility to alleviate the pain.
Other musculoskeletal issues that are presented to our osteopath which can be addressed using osteopathic techniques include upper back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and elbow pain. These are all treated in a similar way to lower back pain and by combining simple exercises prescribed by our osteopath, at home either by yourself or with the assistance of a loved one or carer, you will be able to reduce and alleviate your symptoms over time, promote better wellbeing and a greater quality of life. Speak to us to book an appointment and find out more today.