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What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a long-established and widely recognised system of clinical diagnosis and manual treatment. Focusing on treating the body holistically – taking into account a patient’s biomechanical, physiological and emotional considerations – it can help to restore and maintain an optimum, internal, environment. Central to the approach is the notion that an efficient, balanced body will function better, with little effort, leaving more energy for an active daily life.
It is concerned with the inter-relationship between the structure and function of the body. It looks at how parts of the body (bones, joints, ligaments, discs, muscles, tendons and nerves) work together, how to improve circulation and nerve supply to the tissues and organs and restore balance and function to the skeletal frame. Hence why many problems affecting the neuro-muscular-skeletal systems can be treated effectively with this form of alternative therapy.
A breakdown of the body’s normal working patterns can result in unnecessary stress, strain and pain. This can be caused by one major event or the cumulative effect of repetitive minor strains.
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At the Willow Clinic, Vanessa Fisher will assess each patient’s individual, normal, mechanical, working patterns and uses her highly developed sense of touch and standard orthopedic tests to form a diagnosis. From this, she will create a hands-on treatment plan, tailored to the individual, not just the symptoms, which may help the body restore itself to normal function. During treatment a variety of techniques such as cranial osteopathy, deep tissue massage, myo-facial stretching, joint mobilisation and manipulation may be used to treat an array of ailments.