What is osteopathy?
A key philosophy of osteopathy is the structure and function are reciprocally related, i.e. the state of your joints and muscles will dictate how well your body can function e.g. tight muscles restricting touching your toes; and how you use your body (function) will dictate the state of your joints and muscles e.g. a repetitive movement to one side may result in a rotation in your spine
Osteopathy works by finding the cause of the dysfunction in your body, treating the whole person rather than a specific condition. Having said that, there are several complaints that many people find osteopathy particularly helps with.
Common conditions include low back pain, sciatica, coccyx pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, leg pain, knee pain, ankle pain, foot pain. Muscular pain, disc pain, including neurological symptoms such as pins and needles and numbness, whiplash and headaches are also well suited to osteopathy.
Cranial osteopathy is a type of osteopathic technique, which can be very effective for patients from babies to the elderly. Most often the technique works through the head (the cranium) but it can be applied to any part of the body.
What to expect
Your first appointment will last up to an hour, during which Katie will take a full medical history, including any trauma your body may have gone through such as car accidents and falls. All the information you provide is confidential as with any medical practitioner. If possible, bring with you a note of any medications (or the medications themselves) either prescribed or over the counter including any homeopathic or herbal remedies you are using. Katie will make a full examination, which usually involves undressing to your underwear, or shorts and a t-shirt if you prefer. If you wish to bring someone with you to the consultation you are more than welcome.