ALAN NIGEL PITCHFORD
Osteopathy is a way of detecting and treating damaged parts of the body such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. When the body is balanced and efficient it will function with the minimum of wear and tear, leaving more energy for living. Osteopaths treat a variety of common conditions including changes to posture in pregnancy; babies with colic or sleeplessness, repetitive strain injury, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and sport's injuries.
Classical Osteopathy differs from most current osteopathic practice today in technique and practice, concepts, philosophy, and the enormous scope of application. It follows in the pioneering tradition of the early osteopaths with the advantages of a century of research and clinical practice.
• It is a drug-free science and seeks to identify the causes of problems rather than just treating the symptoms.
• Contrary to popular belief, it can be used to treat many disorders and diseases, not just backache. • Treatment removes blockages and imbalances which hinder the body's own powers of repair. What qualifications do Osteopaths have? Osteopaths undertake a four to five-year honours degree programme underpinned by thorough clinical training.
Osteopaths consider each person as an individual. On your first visit, the osteopath will spend time taking a detailed medical history including important information about your lifestyle and diet. You will normally be asked to undress to your underwear and perform a series of simple movements. This will allow a full diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to your needs. With their hands osteopaths identify abnormalities within the human structure and function. They then facilitate the body's ability to heal itself through a variety of stretching, mobilizing and manipulative techniques. With added exercises and health advice, osteopaths help to reduce the symptoms and improve your health and quality of life. Your osteopath should make you feel at ease and communicate what he or she is doing. Do ask questions at anytime during your consultation if you are unsure.
initial consultation IS A FULL HEALTH ASSESSMENT!