What Is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a very safe holistic complementary medicine which focuses on the neuro-muscular-skeletal system (the nerves, bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues) and the way in which this system interrelates, holistically, with the body as a whole. It combines scientific knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology and clinical methods of investigation.
Registered Osteopaths and Medical Practitioners receive similar basic medical education. Osteopaths have the unique skill of 'palpation', using hands to help to discover the underlying causes of pain and to administer treatment using a variety of techniques, including gentle articulation, stretching, massage and manipulation.
These techniques have been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, NICE Guideline for low back pain issued in 2009, for the early management of persistent non-specific low back pain.
The University College of Osteopathy (formerly British School of Osteopathy) was established in 1917. There are now over 5,000 registered Osteopaths in the country with some in the NHS, but the majority are in private practice. Osteopathy was the first complimentary medicine recognised by the Privy Council which culminated in the passing of the Osteopaths Act 1993.
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What Do We Treat?
Finchley Osteopaths of Finchley, North London treat disc problems, stiff / painful neck, frozen shoulder, back pain, sciatica, trapped nerves, headaches, sports injuries, RSI and more.
Common conditions that respond well to treatment are:
- Back pain, Sciatica, Trapped nerves
- Stiff/Painful neck
- Disc problems
- Repetitive strain injury RSI
- Pins and needles/numbness in hands and feet
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sport injuries
- Back pain in pregnancy
- Frozen or Stiff shoulders
- Tennis or Golfers elbow
- Postural problems
- Hip/Knee pain
- Arm/Leg pain
- Foot/Hand pain
- Wrist/Ankle/Calf/Shin pains... and more
You are most welcome to telephone us to discuss your condition with one of the Osteopaths before you make an appointment.
Our Osteopaths are experienced with and sympathetic to children in pain. Children often respond very quickly to gentle treatment for anything from wry neck to muscular aches and pains that result from 'growth spurts'. Children under 16 usually prefer to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Pain killers are not the only solution for the aches and pains associated with growing old. For more permanent relief it is necessary to eliminate the underlying causes of pain. Osteopathy can also help in reducing pain and stiffness in osteo-arthritis. Treatment is very safe, gentle and relaxing. Over 20% of our patients are elderly and some are even in their 90s.
All our osteopaths are qualified to treat women in various stages of pregnancy. Treatment is obviously very gentle and again safety is a priority.
Periodic treatment during pregnancy can help the body adjust to the increasing weight and changing posture. This can help prevent pain or stiffness occuring and may also lead to an easier delivery.
Similarly, after birth a check up is useful to see if the stresses of the delivery and the changes of the body back to normal have disturbed the functioning of the pelvis or lower back. Advice can be given on general posture with particular attention to your spine on handling the new born.
The Osteopaths are experienced in dealing with sports related injuries.
An ultra-sound machine is available for certain conditions.
In addition to looking at the injured part, we also take into account all the factors which may have contributed to the injury, therefore improving the rate of recovery and preventing further episodes.