Conditions We Treat

Osteopaths work with their hands on mechanical musculo-skeletal problems. There seems to be a common belief that osteopaths only treat spines but in fact we treat any joint .We also treat soft tissues ie muscles and ligaments as well. People often think that osteopathy is a very strong treatment and is therefore not suitable for the elderly, but osteopathy can be very gentle and the treatment is tailored to the patient.

We treat any age group.

Osteopathy tends to be associated with joint manipulation (what osteopaths call a high velocity thrust and which produces a clicking noise). It is very beneficial for some patients but it is just one tool of many. We use a wide variety of techniques and the techniques can be modified depending on what is needed.

Conditions Treated

Back and Neck Pain

Osteopaths have a unique holistic approach to the treatment of Back and Neck Pain. As well as looking at the local area of pain, the osteopath is looking at the reasons why a particular area is causing symptoms. The main aim of treatment is to alleviate the symptoms but also to try to reduce the possibility of recurrence by addressing the causative factors, where possible.

Osteopaths treat acute and chronic back pain.

Mechanical problems in the low back may cause leg symptoms, even if there is no pain in the back itself.

Mechanical problems in the neck can sometimes be the cause of symptoms in the head or arms or even affect the low back. This is because the body works as a unit.

Arthritic Pain

Pain in degenerative arthritic joints in any part of the body can often be helped by osteopathic treatment. It can also be helped by advice about posture, e.g. work posture or standing posture, to minimise stresses and strains on the affected joints.

Many people find that treatment reduces stiffness, improves movement and enhances the quality of their life, even if you cannot alter the underlying condition.

Joint Pain and Stiffness

Including:

Hip Pain - this may be due to local causes eg osteoarthritis or may be associated with mechanical dysfunction of the low back.
Knee Pain - this can be as a result of osteoarthritis or can be related to the low back e.g. referred pain.
Frozen shoulder, shoulder pain, elbow pain, tennis elbow (also known as lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculo-skeletal conditions of the back and neck.

Muscle Tension

Muscle spasm, cramp or tension can be a symptom associated with mechanical joint problems or it can exist independently. It can be due to muscle strain or overuse or it can be associated with postural problems e.g. an unsuitable work station. Osteopathy can help to ease the muscle tension and your osteopath may advise you how to help prevent the symptoms in the future. This may take the form of exercises or postural advice. Muscle tension may also be due to stress and osteopathy can help with the inability to relax.

Osteopathy may also help with the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Sciatic Pain

Sciatica is leg pain in the distribution of the sciatic nerve. It is a symptom rather than one single condition and can have a number of causes, some within the spine and some not. It may or may not be accompanied by pins and needles and/or numbness, which can indicate sciatic nerve root irritation or pressure. Osteopathic treatment can help to relieve the mechanical causes of sciatic pain.

Head Pain

Head pain has a great many causes. It can be associated with mechanical neck problems. The osteopath will make a thorough assessment of the joints in the neck, especially the upper neck.

Working posture may be a major factor in chronic head pain associated with the neck and you may be given advice on how to improve this.

If we suspect that the head pain may not have a mechanical cause, we would recommend further advice from a GP.

Stresses and Strains Associated with Pregnancy

If people have had previous spinal problems before becoming pregnant, the spine may be less able to adapt to the postural changes that occur throughout the different stages of pregnancy.

Many women discuss with their osteopath that they are planning to have a child but that they are worried that a previous back injury may recur and cause difficulties during pregnancy.

Pre-pregnancy checks can be useful in order to help to correct any mechanical problems. The osteopath will make a full structural assessment.

Any techniques used during pregnancy are gentle, very specific and not harmful to the developing child.

The policy in the Practice is not to treat women in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. This is a precaution only.

If you would like a Pre-Pregnancy check, please ask for Christina Parsons

Minor Sports Injuries and Tensions

Osteopaths see people who participate in every type of sport and look at assessing the whole body and how it impacts on the injury site.

Although professional sports people work at finely tuning their bodies to cope with specific sports, injuries may not recover fully if underlying tense muscles and joint restrictions are not addressed. Mechanical problems in other parts of the musculo-skeletal system can affect the symptom area.

Sports people are particularly prone to repetitive strain injuries (RSI), especially during racket sports.

Cranial Osteopathy for Babies and Children

Cranial osteopathy is a very gentle treatment that tunes into the subtle, rhythmic Involuntary Movement System that occurs throughout the whole body. The affects of previous or recent trauma can compromise the function of this system and may lead to reduced ability to compensate for the stresses and strains of daily life.

This approach is not just for children but can also be useful for adults. It can be particularly helpful where stronger osteopathic treatments may be inappropriate.

What don�t we treat?

Inflammatory conditions eg Rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatic, the acute initial stages of frozen shoulder ( although we can help to improve the movement at a later stage), ankylosing spondylitis in the active stage (although we do have patients where the fusion of the spine has occurred and the condition is no longer active).

Where neurological conditions such as MS and Parkinsons Disease are concerned, we do not treat the neurological condition but we can treat unrelated musculo-skeletal problems in these patients.

We are very aware of red and yellow flags (ie signs and symptoms which may relate to more serious conditions) . We don�t treat a patient if we suspect a fracture, malignancy or infective joint disease. If we have any concerns we will always refer back to the GP.

For further information or to book an appointment please call 0151 709 6639 or email
info@liverpool-osteopaths.com

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