Osteopathy in Southend
Osteopathy is a hands-on therapy used in the diagnosis and treatment of pain. It relies on manual techniques rather than medications.
Osteopaths believe that when the body is in alignment and when it moves with ease then good health will follow.
A consultation typically involves identifying areas of restriction, hypermobility and compensation before applying manual techniques to optimise posture, promote muscle balance and flexibility, enhance blood flow to the tissues, alleviate venous and lymphatic congestion and relieve pressure on the nerves and internal organs.
Techniques include soft-tissue massage, stretching, mobilisation and joint manipulation. Gentler techniques such as Cranial Osteopathy may also be used where appropriate, for example when helping infants and newborns or where relaxation treatments are sought. The effects of treatment can often be maintained through self-management at home in between appointments or following on from discharge and relevant exercise prescription and advice may be given.
Osteopathic treatments are always tailor-made because each person comes with their own unique predisposing factors, whether as a result of medical issues, previous injury, occupation, recreation, nutrition or lifestyle. This holistic approach tends to yield better treatment outcomes than treating symptomatic areas alone.