What to expect when visiting an Osteopath

Written by Laura, who has a Masters from the British School of Osteopathy and she is currently studying medicine at Southampton University. Whilst at the British School she was introduced to Cranial Osteopathy and after completing her Masters attended the Sutherland Cranial College to extend her skill and knowledge base Laura is registered with General Osteopathic Council and a member of the British Osteopathic Association.

 

Southampton OsteopathyWhat to expect when visiting an Osteopath

Osteopaths are musculoskeletal specialists; they have a very detailed knowledge of the anatomy of the entire body with particular emphasis on the joints, bones, and muscles. Osteopaths are particularly interested in movement patterns and how the body functions as a whole. Using holistic concepts they can solve biomechanical issues causing pain or stiffness in the context of a person’s general health and well being.

Osteopaths treat a wide range people for many different reasons. The most common reason for visiting an osteopath is usually because of pain especially if it is impacting on the daily activities of living.  Sometimes people will be referred by massage therapists particularly if that person’s symptoms keep returning or do not respond to massage therapy. The osteopath will seek to solve the underlying issue causing the pain or tension and address the root cause.

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We now offer Acupuncture in Southampton!

In January 2014 – YOU Massage welcome Sharon – BSc (Hons) Lic Ac MBAcC and Member of the British Acupuncture Council – to our Southampton studio!

Here, she introduces this effective and popular Therapy and tells us a little about its History:

 

Introduction to Acupuncture

Acupuncture was first written down 3,000 years ago, and is believed to have been practiced 1,000s of years before this – no-one really knows how old it is.

At its base is heat (Yang) and cold (Yin).  It is the interaction of heat and cold that produces energy (Qi).  When the heat and cold interactions fall short for any reason the energy flow is affected, and disease results.

Hot weather affects us (sun burn, heat stroke, prickly heat) as does cold weather (coughs, colds, flue).

Our emotions, when held long term, are also considered to cause ill health as they affect the flow of energy.  Lifestyle (burning the candle at both ends) and diet (poor, insufficient, excess) are also injurious to health.

Acupuncturists treat everything that ‘Western’ medicine treats, and both have their strengths and weaknesses.   Western medicine is remarkable for the many killer diseases it has all but eradicated and people with quite serious debilitating diseases now go on to lead longer and almost normal lives.  Chinese medicine comes into its own with the day to day diseases that are difficult to treat by Western medicine alone.  Pain within or without anywhere in the body from any cause, addiction, allergies, anxiety and depression, circulation issues, digestive disorders, gynecological disorders, immune disorders, problems affecting the skin to name a few.

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