Osteopathy is an established system of clinical diagnosis and manual treatment in which a caring approach to the patient and attention to individual needs are of primary importance.
In particular, it is concerned with the inter-relationship between the structure of the body and the way in which it functions and is, therefore, an appropriate form of therapy for many problems affecting the neuro-musculoskeletal system.
Osteopaths can detect and treat injured parts of the body such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints, relieving much musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction with a variety of different techniques. Treatment is tailored to the individual, ranging from very gentle to firm. It may include joint mobilisation, passive and resisted stretching, spinal manipulation, deep tissue massage and cranial techniques. Rehabilitative exercises and postural advice are also routinely given.
Osteopaths believe that better spinal mobility can improve nerve and blood supply to all major organs and stimulate their function, resulting in increased overall vitality and good health. When our bodies are balanced and efficient, they will function with the minimum of wear and tear, leaving us more energy for living.
Osteopathy is one of only 2 complementary therapies in the UK regulated by law. It is illegal for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with The General Osteopathic Council which is the statutory regulatory body in the UK. All our osteopaths at Soma Osteopathy Edinburgh have completed a 4 year full-time BSc in Osteopathic Medicine.
Some of the conditions which Osteopathy can help relieve are:
Back Pain Arthritic & Rheumatic Pain Leg Pain & Sciatica Headaches & Migraines Whiplash Neck & Shoulder Pain Pregnancy and Post Natal Pain Digestive & Menstrual Problems Sports injuries Postural Work Strain Joint Pain & Muscle Spasms Fibromyalgia Circulatory Problems Cramp Inability to Relax