What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a treatment that focuses mainly on the structure of the body ie: bones, ligaments, tendons, nerves, muscles and organs. The aim is to have the body in balance and functioning correctly so it can work to maximum efficiency.
Pain or discomfort is a warning sign that the body is not functioning normally. An osteopath will assess the patient to find and treat the cause of pain. In order to restore normal function, the osteopath uses a system of manual treatment to give relief or improvement to conditions in people of all ages, from newborns to the elderly. A variety of approaches can be selected and used in treatment, such as, cranial osteopathy, visceral soft tissue techniques and spinal manipulation (where necessary).
Osteopaths are health professionals and work with other registered practitioners, specialists, and radiologists in order to provide an expert service for the patients. We are able to register and treat ACC claims.
Cranial osteopathy is a gentle non invasive approach for treating a wide range of conditions. For example it can be used for treating babies with sleeping difficulties, colic, favoring the head to one side, feeding difficulties, excessive wind and mis-shapened head and colic. Further more it can also be effective for the treatment of children and adults for conditions such as, headaches/migraines , neck and back pain, developmental delay, glue ear and ear infections, asthma, TMJ (jaw problems) and hyperactivity.
The Clinician requires a high level of skill and experience, and a fine sense of touch to diagnose and treat, when using cranial osteopathy.
The osteopath uses their hands to feel and monitor the subtle rhythmic motion throughout the body, that is referred to in cranial osteopathy. They are interested in the frequency, amplitude, and symmetry of this motion. Lack of symmetry in the cranial system for example, will not indicate what the problem is, but will show where it is located. Once located, the osteopath will evaluate the problem in order to form a diagnosis. If tensions that cause modified cranial symmetry can be released, then tissues can return to normal, and the condition improves.
Although this is a very simplistic account of what is a highly complex process and system, the aim of this brief is to provide some insight into treatment when using osteopathy in the cranial field.