What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosing and treating a wide range of medical conditions. This is achieved by utilising an osteopaths extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics to ascertain which structures are, or have been, damaged or impaired.

Osteopathy is based on the principle that the body operates as a unit and the belief that an individual’s wellbeing is reliant on the interrelationship and harmony between their structure and function. It is always an osteopaths goal to restore full function, subsequently allowing it to work at its optimal level, within a pain free range.

What does an Osteopath treat?

It is a common misconception that Osteopaths only treat back pain. At Guildford Sports Clinic we treat a wide range of musculoskeletal problems and sports injuries. This means that as well as spinal injuries we also see a lot of peripheral joint injuries (such as shoulder, hip, knee and ankle pain) and soft tissue problems. A list of the common injuries treated can be found under the ‘What We Do – Injuries’ section above.

What does Treatment entail?

An Osteopathic session will usually last between 45 minutes and an hour. As a new patient there will be a series of questions aimed at diagnosing the problem and gaining an understanding of your medical health, as this may have implications on your recovery. These questions will be followed by a postural and range of motion assessment Treatment will vary depending on the specific problem, but in general will involve a combination of soft tissue massage, articulations, manipulation and mobilisation of joints, muscle stretching techniques, electrotherapy (such as ultrasound), and taping or strapping.

At Guildford Sports Clinic we aim to advise our patients on the best possible form of rehabilitation following treatment, this is always tailored to the individual and the demands of their sport.