Osteopathy is a manual therapy based on the philosophy that how the body moves affects how it functions. Looking at the body as a whole, the osteopath looks for strain, weakness, stiffness or imbalance. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension, enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues and help your body's own healing mechanism.
Osteopathy works on the principal that everyone's symptoms are unique to them and so every treatment is tailor-made for each patient. This makes osteopathy suitable for all age groups and, in most cases, can be undertaken alongside other treatments and on patients with other health conditions.
At Eden Osteopaths we want you to take charge of your recovery and so we often provide advice on posture and exercise to speed recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring. Osteopathic training takes 4 years, and once qualified all osteopaths are required to register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). They are also required to keep their knowledge and expertise up to date through continual professional development.
Cranial Osteopathy is a subtle type of osteopathic treatment that uses very gentle manipulative pressure to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body. It is particularly effective at treating strains that occur following trauma or impact, such as a difficult birth, road accidents, falls and head injuries. Usually the body is able to compensate for such events, but sometimes an accumulation of several strains and stresses can disrupt the body's normal function and symptoms start to show.
Treatment aims to release strain patterns by encouraging the body's own self-healing mechanisms. The aim is to relieve the current symptoms and improve the underlying health of the tissues to reduce the chances of symptoms recurring. Due to the gentle nature of cranial treatment it can be safely practiced on people of all ages.
Katrine has undertaken extensive training at the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteophathy (SCCO), the UK's leading centre for cranial osteopathy.
Medical Acupuncture is a complementary medicine where fine needles are inserted in the skin at specific points. This stimulates sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles, resulting in the release of natural painkillers called endorphins. These modify the way pain signals are received by the brain and so reduce the perception of pain.
Research has shown acupuncture to provide short term relief of low back pain and neck pain. It can also help in the management of knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. There is good evidence in the short-term relief of tension headaches, migraine and jaw pain.
At Eden Osteopaths acupuncture is generally used in conjunction with other techniques depending on each patient's needs. Many patients report a sense of improved well-being and relaxation following treatment.
It is important to note that medical acupuncture is not the same as Chinese acupuncture which is a whole system of medicine based on the principals of Chinese medicine. Medical acupuncture is generally used for musculoskeletal problems and is most effective at short term pain relief. More information is available at the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) web site.