The osteo- (from Greek-bone) part of the title suggests that we deal with the skeleton and osteopaths are most frequently associated with spinal problems; particularly low back pain. In fact, people can come to us for help with any musculo-skeletal problem and may find that they gain relief from a wide variety of health issues which benefit from improved physical function.
Most often, patients come to us first because they have heard that we can help to ease back, neck, shoulder or peripheral joint problems or the pain associated with arthritis, pregnancy, whiplash injuries and work related postural strains.
‘Osteopaths crack your joints which must hurt and may be dangerous’
Manipulating joints, which sometimes makes a popping noise like cracking your knuckles, is just one of a wide range of techniques used. It rarely causes more than mild discomfort and danger would be exceptionally rare and screened for in a careful case history. Patients are always offered alternatives to manipulation if they feel uneasy about the technique. See What to expect…
Follow the links to the General Osteopathic Council, Institute of Osteopathy and others for examples and further information or ring to discuss your health issues and how osteopathy may be able to help you to deal with them.