Conditions osteopaths often see
Many people think that osteopaths just treat low backs and while it is true that we probably see more low back pain than anything else we deal with any part of the body experiencing pain. Pain can affect many areas of the body, but it is particularly the lower back, head, neck, joints and legs that bring patients to the osteopath.
Pain is the body's way of telling you that something is wrong. Pain takes many forms from acute sharp pain, to aching, stiffness, numbness and weakness. It is often caused by swelling of tissue, which creates pressure on nerves and leads to discomfort. This can be from one episode, normally a trauma, or an accumulation over a long period. Pain is a useful mechanism to alert you to a problem, and stops you from damaging your body further. Pain should always, therefore, be taken seriously.
It can result from injuries and arthritis, and can also manifest itself in the form of rheumatic pain and period pain.
One of the main purposes of osteopathy is to restore normal function in order to eliminate the cause of pain and so to provide pain relief.
Some of the most common complaints people visit us for are as follows:
- Low back pain
- Disc problems
- Neck pain
- Head aches and migraine
- Shoulder pain (e.g. frozen shoulder)
- Elbow Pain (e.g. tennis elbow)
- Hip pain
- Knee pain
- Ankle and foot pain
- Tingling, numbness and weakness
- Sports injuries
- Pains with pregnancy
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