Osteopathy in Manchester
Here at Freedom Care Clinics Manchester we offer different styles of osteopathic treatment:
Musculoskeletal (MSK) Osteopathy:
This is the most commonly used approach by osteopaths. As with all osteopathy there is an emphasis on a holistic approach to the body, and trying to consider the underlying cause of a pain not the symptoms. Your first session will typically consist of a traditional medical case history and a clinical examination to ascertain a diagnosis. Treatment involves a combination of soft tissue (massage) manipulation and specific joint manipulation. The general approach is to loosen tight areas of the body and strengthen weak areas (although this is over simplifying). Follow up exercises are prescribed to aid and speed recovery. Osteopathic treatment for your musculo-skeletal system is another piece in the jigsaw which enables you to function at your best.
This treatment approach considers the whole body, the aim is to determine any compensation that may have occurred due to lifestyle or occupational strains. These compensations may be the area of pain the patient feels but not necessarily the source. Practitioners adopting this style of treatment consider the pelvis as an area commonly requiring attention. As the spine ‘sits’ on top of the pelvis, and the angle of the hips is directly related to the position of the pelvis, any misalignment here can potentially cause compensatory issues in other areas. Before any treatment your practitioner will assess your entire spine and limbs to look for areas of excess strain or tension. Ideally every bone in your spine contributes to the overall function of your back; treatment is aimed at creating a balance to enable all areas to function correctly.
Sophie Simmons specialises in this area. She has had great success using this method and recommends this approach for anyone that wants a more whole body approach or who may have multiple problems.
Cranial Osteopathic Treatment
Cranial treatment is very gentle. Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical movement that is present in all body tissues (much the same as other body rhythms such as breathing, pulse, circadian rhythms). Cranial osteopaths assess this motion to help in their diagnosis and treatment of the body. Physical and emotional trauma such as stress and illness affect our hormonal and neurological systems, however they may also create issues within our muscles and skeleton. Cranial osteopaths will treat the whole body looking for the underlying cause of pain and not just the area in which the pain is felt. The treatment generally feels very gentle and relaxing, with the osteopath making subtle changes to different parts of the body.
Sophie Simmons specialises in this area. This treatment is recommended for babies, young children and anyone who would prefer a more gentle approach with no manipulation. It can be applied to any condition requiring physical treatment and will have a very relaxing effect.
Osteopaths are now commonly being consulted in the treatment of sports injuries. Osteopaths can successfully treat sports injuries by assessing and correcting biomechanical strain and overuse which develop as a result of sport. There are osteopaths working with nearly all elite sports teams from Golfers to International footballers. Osteopaths with additional training and expertise in sports injuries will be able to accurately diagnose and successfully treat sports injuries.
Rod Gillingham currently specialises in sports injuries. Prior to joining Freedom Clinics he worked within a specialised sports injury team and has previously worked as a sports therapist and personal trainer. He has experience treating international rugby stars and professional footballers as well as successfully keeping many amateur marathon runners running.
For more information, call your local clinic on the number below.
Leeds : 0113 345 5060
Manchester : 0161 503 5656
London, Canary Wharf Clinic; (Canada Place Shopping Mall): 0203 197 9100
Leeds Park Sq
Lower Ground Floor
29 Park Square West
Leeds LS1 2PQ
Leeds Wellington Pl
6 Wellington Place
Manchester, Queen Street
Freedom Care Clinics
Same Day Doctor
28 Queen St
London, Canary Wharf
(Canada Place Shopping Mall)
34 North Colonnade
London E14 5HX