What Treatments Do You Use?

Osteopaths use a variety of techniques using their hands (Manual Therapy) to move your joints, stretch muscles and work on the soft tissues of your body.  Here at Beyond Bodywork we offer a full range of treatments:-

Massage Techniques - We use a variety of massage and soft tissue techniques to loosen tight  muscles,  increase circulation and improve function.

Mobilisations - We will gently move the joints that are stiff to increase their range of motion and to encourage circulation around the tissues which benefits the overall  health of the joints.

Stretching and Strengthening Exercises - for you to do at home. It is important that you follow the advice on the prescribed exercises and communicate to your Osteopath if you are finding them difficult. It has been shown that Patients who actively participate in their recovery by adhering to the exercises get better faster.

Electrotherapy - Ultrasound/Interferential/Trans Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) Used to stimulate cellular response & promote healing, stimulate other sensory nerve endings to counteract pain.

Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling)- The use of ultra fine needles to certain areas of pain to stimulate thehealing response.  The actual technique is similar to Chinese Acupuncture however,  Medical Acupuncture does not relate to Chinese Meridians ('energy pathways') in that  the area of pain is treated directly.   

Strapping & Taping - The application of various types of rehabilitative taping techniques using a variety of tape types and methods including Kinesiotaping as used by elite athletes.

Hydrotherapy - the use of Hot and Cold water for therapeutic effect including ice packs and hot compresses.  We may perform some of these treatment ourselves and/or give instructions as to how you can carry out these treatments yourself at home.

High Velocity Thrusts (HVT):-This technique performed by the Osteopath involves applying a gentle, quick pressure to certain joints (often an audible "pop' is heard) which releases a joint to increase mobility. Occasionally some discomfort may be felt for a few hours after but this normally settles down within 24-48 hours. Your Osteopath will explain more about the (very rare) risks involved with this procedure and aftercare advice. Not all patients are suitable to receive HVT treatment.

Dietary Modifications - Naturopathic or Holistic Osteopaths will offer to look at your diet and may recommend certain Whole Foods to increase your nutritional intake in key areas where they feel your diet is lacking.  Occasionally they may recommend vitamin or mineral supplements to those who are unable (or unwilling) to modify their diet, such as the elderly or very nutritionally deficient people.