What is Osteopathy?Osteopathy is a safe and gentle form of manual therapy, based on the principle that when the body's structure (e.g. joint alignment, muscle length, posture) is not optimal, the body functions poorly, leading to injuries, pain, fatigue and even chronic illness.
A second principle of osteopathy is that the body is striving to be healthy all the time (that is why cuts heal quickly and we usually recover quickly from coughs and colds). Once obstacles to health suchy as structural misalignment, poor posture, environmental, emotional and lifestyle factors are removed, the body has a greater capacity to strive towards health. The patient is therefore an active partner in their healing, rather than being "cured" by the osteopath.
The TreatmentThe first time you visit the Osteopath she will take a full medical history, as well as asking about the area that hurts. This is important to ensure your safety and because many distant problems within the body may actually be related (e.g. foot pain and back pain). The osteopath will discuss her findings with you and may discuss lifestyle factors with you. She may suggest changes to make or exercises and stretches to try at home.
The treatment itself is likely to involve many different techniques, including gentle rhythmic movements, stretching, soft tissue massage and gentle manipulation of the joints. Osteopathic treatment of babies and children is especially gentle and uses a mixture of gentle mechanical techniques on the whole body and "cranial" techniques, which work with tensions in body membranes and with fluid flow within the head and body.
Conditions treated by Osteopaths Osteopaths treat a wide range of aches and pains affecting most areas of the body. Please contact the Osteopath in advance if you wish to discuss the osteopathic approach to your injury or health concern.
Osteopathy is for all of youOsteopathy is safe and gentle and can be adapted for patients of any age and physical condition, from babies and children right up to the very frail and elderly. Osteopaths today have to undergo extensive, medically-based training at degree level. They are regulated primary healthcare practitioners and by law they have to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council.
About the osteopathHelen Wither graduated from The College of Osteopaths with First Class Honours in Osteopathy. She was awarded the Reg Oakes Prize for First in Class. Helen is also qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist, has taken classical ballet for over 25 years and has a special interest in treating dance injuries. Helen's other special areas of practice are paediatric osteopathy, cranial and visceral osteopathy (internal organs).
For further information please contact Helen at Knutsford Osteopathy on 01565 654425.