For those who don’t really know, what is Osteopathy, and how does it differ from Physiotherapy?
Osteopathy is a form of musculoskeletal manual therapy that looks at the muscles, joints, and bones and how they work together in the body. During an appointment, an Osteopath will ask you questions about any symptoms, concerns, or injuries you may have, whether you’re experiencing pain, dealing with an injury, or looking for help with postural or joint problems. They’ll carry out a physical assessment, and then discuss your treatment options with you. In subsequent appointments, your Osteopath will spend time working on different parts of your body to treat what’s ailing you and bring you into alignment.
There is lots of overlap between Osteopathy and Physiotherapy, and at Guy Golds our clinicians often work together to deliver the best possible treatment programme for our patients. Both disciplines help patients with injuries, pain, range of motion, flexibility, and strength. To put it simply, Osteopaths will focus more on whole body “holistic” manual therapy (hands-on treatment) and Physiotherapists will focus more on rehabilitation through exercise prescription.
Who should see an Osteopath? What are the benefits?
Osteopathy is suitable for everyone; people of all ages, abilities and walks of life. Osteopaths are trained to care for babies, toddlers, children, teenagers, adults, pregnant women, and elderly patients. We have had the privilege of treating a wide range of patients in our 23 years of practice, many of whom have trusted us with ongoing care over many years.
Our approach to Osteopathy is a holistic one, intended to help our patients live their happiest, healthiest, and most fulfilled life. We treat injuries, help with managing pain, treat circulatory and digestive issues, and headaches. In addition to treating injuries, we see lots of our patients for a regular tune-up, looking at posture, alignment and any other concerns they may have, to prevent injuries from arising in the future.