Susannah Makram on Osteopathy in Chelsea Private Clinic
Osteopathy – Why?
An estimated three million people in the UK are taking long-term sick leave or say they are unable to work due to back pain according to research from Nuffield Health.
Currently around 30,000 people in the UK consult their Osteopath every working day — and the number is rising!
How does Osteopathy work?
Osteopathy is a primary care profession. Your Osteopath focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders and the effects of these conditions on your general health.
To an Osteopath, for our body to work well, its structure must also work well. Osteopaths work to restore our 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. Your Osteopath may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
Osteopaths are like ‘Pain Detectives’, highly skilled at working out where the main problem or issue is happening. Osteopaths trace back to the actual cause of the pain and deal with that too.
6 Reasons why you may see an Osteopath.
- You’ve had a minor injury but it’s now several days later and it isn’t improving
- You have ongoing pain and know you’re popping too many pills in order to cope with it
- After pregnancy your body is struggling to return to normal and baby is terribly unsettled too
- You’re in training for a sporting event and you want to perform the best you can and avoid injuries
- You’ve got a debilitating condition which can’t be cured but is causing you great discomfort
- You suffer with regular headaches and migraine which makes your life a misery