osteopathy treatment room at backwell dental care

What We Treat

Backache, which affects 4 people out of 5 people at some time in their lives, is the most common condition treated by Osteopathy. Many other conditions such as headaches, neck and shoulder tension, joint strain, in the hips, knees, ankles, feet, wrists, elbows, shoulders and ribs also respond well. During pregnancy, when the change in posture is giving rise to pain and discomfort, many women find great relief in osteopathic treatment. This has the added advantage of avoiding drugs.

Sports men and women at all levels can benefit enormously. Some are anxious to get back to their sport as quickly as possible after injury, others may have a problem which is not giving symptoms but which is preventing them from functioning at their best and they are recording poor performances; they require fine tuning to reach their peak of fitness.

Osteopathy can help people with postural problems caused by driving, work strain or gardening, and can help people with mechanical problems associated with every age from the trauma of birth to the arthritis of the elderly. Backwell Dental Care’s Principle Osteopath Steven Harper has developed his highly advanced osteopathic and pain management techniques over the last five years in one of the top osteopathic clinics in the country. From this experience he is able to develop superior treatment programs for all musculoskeletal injuries, which are designed and specifically created to address the needs and concerns of each individual patient enabling them to achieve their goals and improve their overall lifestyle

The Initial Appointment

Osteopaths consider each person as an individual. On your first visit, the osteopath will spend time taking a detailed medical history including important information about your lifestyle and diet. An examination will be carried out (you may be asked to remove some clothing for this), and you may then be asked to perform a few simple movements so the osteopath can asses the problem. With their highly developed sense of touch (called palpation) the osteopath will identify abnormalities within the human structure and function. They will be able to identify and asses areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction or strain within your body.

This will allow the osteopath reach a diagnosis and develop a unique treatment plan specifically tailored to your individual needs and concerns. Treatment will be aimed at helping to restore your normal musculoskeletal stability and function. Treatment will usually involve releasing and relaxing muscles and mobilising stiff joints, using gentle massage techniques, rhythmic joints movements and muscle release techniques. The osteopath may also carry out manipulation using short quick movements to joints to improve their overall function. Other techniques may be used depending on the problem. The osteopath works with your body to create the perfect conditions to facilitate the healing process. Your osteopath should make you feel at ease and communicate what he is doing. Do feel free to ask questions at anytime during your consultation if you are unsure of anything.

Advice on self help and pain management exercises are usually given to enhance the benefits of the treatment, minimising the patients symptoms and improve their quality of life.

If you no longer want to suffer then call Backwell Osteopaths on 01275 465509 or contact Backwell Dental Care reception to book an appointment.