Osteopathy is a gentle and effective hands-on approach to healthcare, based on the principle that the way your body moves influences how it functions. Osteopaths diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions using touch, physical manipulation, stretching, massage and cranial osteopathy to increase the ability of joints, relieve muscle tension, enhance blood and nerve supply to the tissues and help restore your body's own healing mechanisms. They also provide advice on posture, exercise and lifestyle to promote health and prevent symptoms recurring. UK Osteopaths are highly competent healthcare professionals, regulated by the General Osteopathic Council, and are recognised by the NHS as fully qualified to diagnose and treat independently. Over 30,000 people everyday visit an osteopath suffering from a variety of conditions including neck or back pain, joint or muscular pain, sports injuries, recurring headaches, osteoarthritis, and more. Patients range from pregnant mothers, unsettled children, those with work strains or pain and stiffness relating to advancing years. You do not need a referral from your doctor to see an osteopath and whatever age and no matter what challenges you have with your health, there is probably something an osteopath can do to help.
Osteopathy in the cranial field is a gentle yet powerful treatment that works on the deeper structures of the body including bones, membranes and nerves. It releases stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head, so you can experience immediate relief within your body. Osteopaths feel restrictions in the movement patterns of body structures and fluids by using skilled 'palpation', and aim to bring your cranial sacral rhythm back to its optimum pace. Any restrictions can then be treated and relieved using very subtle realignment techniques, resulting in less pain, improved energy and performance. Cranial treatment takes an holistic approach - treating the whole person, not just the presenting condition, so a very wide range of problems may benefit from these techniques. Cranial Osteopathy is a very effective form of treatment for all ages, including babies, children and people with very acute or non-resolving problems.
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