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Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment which focuses on the muscular-skeletal system (the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues) and the way in which it interacts with the body as a whole.
An osteopath diagnoses and treats dysfunction, which occurs due to injury, stress or disease, to enable the body to restore itself to normal function.
Treating the patient as an individual is essential for an osteopath.
Significant types of illnesses due to work are disorders of the muscles, tendons and joints (particularly in the back, hands and arms). Symptoms vary from mild aches and pains to severe pain and disability.
Generalised aches & pains
General acute & chronic backache and back pain
Headache arising from the neck
Elbow pain \ Tennis Elbow
Sciatica muscle spasms
Fibromyalgia \ Rheumatic pain
Minor sports injuries & tensions
Osteopaths use their hands to carry out treatment, using either a variety of manipulative techniques or the cranial approach.
On initial consultation with an osteopath a full medical history will be taken. With children extra information about length of labour, use of forceps, type of presentation etc may be sought.
Once this information is gathered, the patient will then be assessed. Simple observation and gentle palpation would be used to identify any parts of weakness, strain or injury the body is exhibiting.
Once this is determined, the osteopath should then be able to give a diagnosis and prognosis, and outline a treatment plan.
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Grantham Osteopathic Clinic
The Manor House,
70 long street
great gonerby, grantham
lincolnshire, ng31 8lw
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