What does osteopathy involve?
Osteopathy - promoting and maintaining health
Osteopathy is primarily a hands on therapy, working on the body's tissues. I use focus and my hands to help release tight muscles & joints, and to encourage fluid movement in restricted, congested areas. Treatments may include ways of working that are similar to massage; as well as gentle rhythmic movement of the neck, spine and joints of the arms and legs; and 'indirect' 'holding and waiting' approaches.
Improved health and osteopathic treatment in stress related conditions
Treatment encourages the body to release into a deeper, more restorative rhythm. On a physical level this can help improve tissue nutrition and drainage, and recovery from injury. The beneficial effects of treatment on the central nervous system often result in people reporting a feeling of increased relaxation, balance, wellbeing and aliveness after treatment. Of course this can also be helpful in stress related conditions.
Looking at individual causes, as well as symptoms
Dis-ease and injury are often the result of imbalance and congestion in some area. As well as focussing treatment on those areas of your body that need attention, I aim to help you identify those aspects of your life (eg activities, lifestyle, outlook) which may be out of balance and contributing to your symptoms.
Rehabilitation after injuries:
After strains and minor sports injuries osteopathic treatment can help reduce pain and swelling, and encourage healing. Osteopathic neuromuscular rehabilitation after minor injury supports your return to normal activities.
Ergonomic advice - I offer ergonomic advice, for example regarding your seating and workstation environment. This can help reduce some of the background causes of pain and dysfunction.
Preparing for a treatment
If you do have any medical reports it may be helpful to bring these to the first session, but it is not crucial so dont worry if you dont have them available.
It may be helpful to wear or bring loose comfortable clothing to wear during the treatment. Sometimes it may be necessary for you to uncover relevant parts of your body to be examined or, for example, to carry out treatment with oil. However, this can usually be avoided, and when you are on the couch you will be covered with a towel. Should you wish you may arrange for a chaperone to be present.
I am registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). All osteopaths engage in several years of training before qualifying and becoming registered with the GOsC, and must engage in ongoing professional development.
07941 531 737
You are very welcome to call or email with any questions to help you decide whether osteopathy is suitable for you.
It is always better to speak to me rather than emailing. Email is for non urgent enquiries only please.
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Sue Step Osteopath,
Registered with The General Osteopathic Council,
Member of the Institute of Osteopathy.
Cranial and Structural, Mindfulness based approach, North London Islington & Camden areas