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Osteopathy, Crawley, West Sussex
Osteopathy in Mid Sussex
“Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance where possible, without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms occuring.” (General Osteopathic Council – GOSC) Our Osteopath is fully registered with GOSc.
What can Osteopathy help?
Lower Back Pain (Sciatica)
Neck and Upper Back Pain
Joint Pain – Shoulders / Elbows / Wrists / Hands / Hips / Knees / Feet
The affects of trauma – eg. Whiplash
Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)
Stiffness associated with aging
Musculoskeletal symptoms associated with chronic conditions. eg. Osteoarthritis & Asthma
What is Cranial Osteopathy?
Another aspect of osteopathy that is a very gentle approach (but can have powerful effects!), is Cranial Osteopathy. It focuses on relieving stress and tension throughout the body. Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel for subtle changes of rhythms in the cranium, spinal column and nervous system. Tension and torsions are released with specific subtle techniques. This treatment encourages the body to be balanced and find optimum health. Cranial treatments are effective in addressing a wide range of conditions in people of all ages, from birth to old age.
Effects of the treatment
No two people react in the same way, but temporary effects that people experience after treatment range from feeling of well-being to a worsening of symptoms while the body is adjusting to the changes that have been brought about. The most common side-effect is an inflammatory response, but can also include:
Your osteopath will have given you advice to minimise these, and they should disappear within a day after treatment. You should always call if they persist or worsen.
Osteopathy for Babies and Children
Birth is one of the most stressful events our bodies will encounter. The compressive forces can contribute to musculoskeletal complaints in babies’ bodies, and can commonly cause signs of irritability. These include –
Signs of ‘Colic’
Problems with Winding, Burping or Bowel Movements
Sinusitis and Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders
These complaints can arise if the birth process is particulaly traumatic; very long or very short. For example if a baby engages in the womb in an awkward position, a delivery aid is necessary like forceps or ventouse, or a c-section is performed.
The bones of a babies head and body are particularly mobile to aid their passage through the birth canal, and the external forces of birth can distort nerves travelling between the cranial bones and result in the above signs of irritability.
Cranial osteopathy is gentle, safe and effective for babies and children. Very specific, skilled, light pressure is applied where necessary to assist the natural ability of the body to release this stress and tension.
Osteopathy for Pregnant Women
Osteopathy can also help pregnant and post natal women. Treatment helps the mother prepare for, and adapt to the postural changes that occur in pregnancy.
Changes that Osteopathy can help with includes back and neck pain, headaches, SPD and pelvic pain, shoulder pain and tension in the thoracic and pelvic diaphragms – which predisposes the mother to problems like heartburn or varicose veins.Post natal treatment helps the body function return to normal, and resolves tension from the changes of pregnancy and the effects of delivery. If not dealt with these can predispose a mother to problems like back pain, headaches, stress incontinence and bowel disruptions, all of which could contribute to postnatal depression. A mother is usually advised to return for treatment 4-6 weeks after birth to help restore their body to normal function.
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