Manual Osteopaths use a variety of hands-on physical treatments. These include soft tissue techniques, joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques, instrument assisted soft tissue techniques (IASTM) and functional (strain and counter strain) techniques. These techniques are normally employed together with exercise, dietary, and occupational advice in an attempt to help patients recover from pain, disease and injury. European style Manual Osteopaths do not prescribe medications or perform surgery, while American style osteopaths perform surgery and prescribe medications as well as using osteopathic techniques in managing a patient's condition.
Children also benefit from Osteopathic treatment. Conditions that Manual Osteopaths work with in babies include :
Colic Latch difficulties Spitting up Delayed development Birth trauma Ear infections Torticollis Flat or misshapen head
Conditions that Manual Osteopaths work with in children and teenagers include :
Back pain Headaches Growing pains Joint pains Postural problems Period pain Walking difficulties Foot pain Sporting injuries Asthma Constipation/Diarrhea
Osteopathic is gentle without the use of drugs or surgery. It can assist the young body to adapt to growth-related changes which can prevent other health problems. It can help your baby grow into a healthy child and, ultimately, a healthy young adult.