Osteopathy & Cranial Osteopathy in Bethnal Green, East London
Osteopathy is an established and evidence-based system of diagnosis and treatment that emphasizes the structural integrity of the body. It identifies and treats the underlying abnormalities in the function of the body structure, which can result from injury, repetitive strain or disease, and are seen as the origin of pain and disability. Increasingly there is also a greater recognition of the impact of stress, trauma and anxiety on the physical experience of pain and tension in the body.
Osteopaths generally rely on diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis. Assessments are holistic in nature including not only mechanical, functional and postural aspects, but wider lifestyle issues that can influence the overall patient outcome.
The tailored treatments include manual methods, such as hands on treatment or medical acupuncture, and also an educational component, such as teaching specific stretching exercises, or increasing awareness of stress and anxiety influences that may be contributing factors. Hands-on osteopathic techniques include muscle and connective tissue stretching, rhythmic joint movements and manipulation, and high velocity thrust techniques.
Cranial Osteopathy is a subtle type of osteopathic intervention that uses very gentle pressure to encourage the release of stress through the body, including but not only in the head. The supportive contact of the practitioner can work to undermine the tension in the patient’s body, allowing a subtle and profound release to take place gently and safely. As tension is activated in the body in reaction to pain and often increasing the pain perception, by releasing the tension, the pain is also reduced.
Osteopaths are trained to treat a wide variety of issues including:
- Back and neck pain
- Sciatica and trapped nerves
- Headaches from back and neck issue
- Sports injuries and pain from fibromyalgia
- And more…