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One hesitates to outline a list of problems as this may limit the potential and scope of osteopathy. Osteopaths are capable of treating a wide range of disorders.

However, it is safe to say that generally, if there is a problem with a muscle or a joint, an osteopath can treat it. At first sight, osteopathy may not look an obvious choice for treatment of conditions, for example, irritable bowel syndrome until you realize that the bowel is made up of muscle and that muscles become tense and tight when a patient becomes stressed. Indeed, it becomes difficult to think of any condition that would not be improved, in some way, by osteopathy. It is obvious that osteopathy cannot cure a chronic condition such as arthritis but it can help lessen many of its painful symptoms.

Stated below is a list of problems which are proven (evidence based) to be successfully treated through osteopathic treatment:

  • generalised aches and pains,
  • joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
  • arthritic pain,
  • general, acute & chronic backache, (back pain not arising from injury or serious accident)
  • uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following serious injury i.e. whiplash)
  • headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic) / migraine prevention
  • frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
  • circulatory problems,
  • cramp,
  • digestion problems,
  • joint pains, lumbago,
  • sciatica,
  • muscle spasms,
  • neuralgia,
  • fibromyalgia,
  • stress related conditions,
  • rheumatic pain,
  • minor sports injuries and tensions

This however is by no means an exhaustive list, many of our patients find that seeing an osteopath can help with a wide range of other conditions, and helps with an overall sense of well being where a cure is not possible. Osteopathy is also very successful in helping babies and children with certain complaints.

Tina Wissmann DO, and Ellen Watson DO have specialized in treating babies and young children.

Some common problems may include:

  • restlessness, being unhappy or irritable for long periods.
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • difficulty feeding, preferring to feed on one side.
  • signs of digestive discomfort (reflux, colic, constipation).
  • difficulty turning their head one way, preferring to turn the head only to one side.
  • flat head syndrome or plagiocephaly.
  • difficulty crawling or walking.
  • recurrent ear infections.
  • behavioral issues in children related to physical imbalances and tensions.

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Please contact us if you have any questions, or want to know how we might be able to help you.

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