Osteopathy is a holistic healthcare system that focuses on restoring and maintaining the harmonious function of all components of the body. It is paramount that the ability to absorb adequate nutrients and excrete all waste products in every cell isn’t compromised. The blood and lymph systems in the body assist in this complex supply chain. Muscles and bones can support or impede this process which will tend to function well with a well aligned musculo-skeletal system.
Accidents, illness, poor posture or bad habits can disturb this alignment. Osteopaths strive to find these disturbed areas in the body and utilize gentle manual forms of treatment to restore optimal alignment and thereby encouraging the body to maintain its natural state of wellbeing.
Osteopaths treat patients for a range of conditions from the physical traumas when young to the arthritis in the elderly. Aches and pains almost everywhere in the body can be treated and they are not restricted to your back, neck, hip or knee.
Osteopathic healthcare is a recognised and an evidence based system of assessment, diagnosis and management which can be applied to a variety of medical conditions. The main principle that underpins it approach is that the structure and the functions of the body are closely integrated and our well being needs all our nterdependent systems to work in unity and balance together.
The osteopath uses a variety of manual techniques in the management and treatment of all patients. From years of training, the osteopath has gain a high level of skill in techniques that require a developed sense of touch and is competent in applying soft tissue treatment and gentle physical manipulation. These techniques assist in the improvement of joint mobility, relieve muscular tension and enhance blood circulation. Other techniques involve rhythmic mobilisation and stretching of soft tissues and precisely applied gentle pressure to release restrictions in the body’s mobility and function.
Manual osteopathic treatment are sometimes utilized in conjunctions with advice on posture, nutrition and other lifestyle practices to help support recovery, promote wellbeing and lessen the likelihood of symptoms recurring. At Knead, there are specialists in alternative forms of rehabilitation as well as a Pilates instructors, a qualified naturopath to advise on nutrition and an acupuncturist for those who seek a less orthodox approach to health care.
At Knead, the osteopath focuses on treating the patient as a “whole” rather than paying attention only to a specific symptom or the pain. For any particular problem the patients present with, they will be taken through a basic overall medical screening together with a structural and functional assessment of the state of their body at the present moment.
An appointment generally lasts between 30-45 minutes. Your initial consultation should be a minimum of 45 minutes as it involves a detailed complete case history. The treatment is usually performed partially clothed and draping is provided when necessary.
At the end of treatment your Osteopath will advise on a treatment plan to help you recover from your issue and if this is not appropriate they will refer you on to a practitioner they feel will serve you better. You will receive post treatment advice, your treatment plan and education where appropriate to help you better manage your issue.
You can be in the 24 to 48 hours after a treatment especially if mobilisations have been used. Sometimes joints are mobilised and they have not been moving well for years so this can cause some irritation. However this should pass within a few days.
Your Osteopath will follow up with you and each treatment you have will be based on your progression and designed to help your body achieve optimal balance and function.
Chun Men is an Osteopath trained at the European School of Osteopathy. His approach to treating patients is formed individually, based on the most relevant modality within Osteopathic medicine at any present moment. There’s a predominant application of structural techniques in the system of diagnosis and treatment with occasional functional, cranial/sacral and visceral aspects involved.
He strongly believes in the relevance of osteopathy in restoring and optimizing the function of the body by identifying and removing any restrictions present using the knowledge of the human as a whole entity. Restrictions might be the reason for the manifestation of countless symptoms that we experience throughout our lives. But he also emphasizes on the need to maintain an internal and external environment that are in tuned, to promote a full expression of health.
Yoga has been an essential part of his life and his years of practice has drawn his focus into the concept of awareness in an individual. He tries to draw links from both his Osteopathic and yogic experiences to deepen his understanding of the human body and develop a meaningful practice.