Osteopathy

In the UK The National Institute of Clinical Excellence recommends Osteopathy in the treatment of low back pain, it is regulated by the General Osteopathic Council and is available on the NHS. Osteopathy is provided by the Osteopathic Centre for Children to premature infants in the Neonatal Units of two London Hospitals at the request of medical staff and patients.  The Osteopathic Council of Ireland is currently working toward regulating the profession in Ireland. It is increasingly becoming the treatment of choice for many diverse conditions in Ireland, and is now commonly recommended by GP's, Midwives and Nurses. Osteopathic treatments are covered by VHI, Laya, Aviva and Glohealth.

 

Osteopathy is very scientific and logical in it's approach.  We work to improve the structure and function of the body using our extensive anatomical, physiological and functional knowlege.  An osteopath must complete a four to five year scientific degree which is similar to a medical degree placing more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine.

 

For patient information and expectations Osteopathy can be separated into two treatment approaches. Cranial Osteopathy and Structural Osteopathy. Both of which are extremely important for health and are practiced here at Osteopathic Care.

 

Structural Osteopathy is applied to muscles, joints, ligaments, fascia and sometimes organs if necessary.  It would ordinarily involve deep tissue massage, joint mobilisations and joint adjustments.  Gentle adaptations of structural osteopathy can be used for babies and children but it is mainly used for adults.

 

Cranial Osteopathy is known for its application to the cranium and the sacrum (at the base of the spine).  It is an extremely gentle system of diagnosis and treatment, checking and correcting more refined strains within the body.  Despite the name it can be applied to any tissue in the body.  It tends to be the sole treatment for babies and children and is also used on Adults.  The cranial approach to treatment is very gentle and works in a way that encourages the tissues to ease and release themselves rather than applying force. Adults and Babies find Cranial treatment very relaxing, and may fall asleep during or after.  From a treatment perspective it is very similar if not identical to Cranial Sacral Therapy.  Osteopath John E. Upledger discovered and pioneered Cranial Sacral Therapy to teach non osteopathic practitioners how to do cranial osteopathy.