Osteopathy is a complimentary treatment aimed at relieving pain connected with musculoskeletal disorders and promoting general health. One of their key principles of osteopathy is that a person’s general wellbeing is related to the proper alignment of the bone, muscle and connective tissues of the body. If part of your musculoskeletal system is impaired then it can lead to biomechanical issues and health problems beyond the original misalignment. This may involve negative effects to your circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems. Your osteopath will use a range of manual therapy techniques to correct any impairment, allowing the body to recover. Osteopathy can help relieve pain and promote healing, reducing the need for medication and helping avoid surgical intervention. The Osteopath takes a holistic approach to treatment looking at how your condition has affected your whole body, rather than just the specific site of injury. This approach aims to not only correct the obvious problems, but to balance all the bodies systems to achieve better health and wellbeing.
Osteopaths typically treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions including sports injuries, postural correction, arthritis, shoulder and neck pain. In particular, osteopathy is best known for the treatment of persistent lower back pain. There is also a range of conditions that osteopathy can help relive including headaches, depression and digestive disorders. The body is a single complex integrated structure and when a part of it function is impaired then the surrounding structures must adapt to compensate. Over time this leads the surrounding structures to develop their own conditions of pain, stiffness or inflammation. Osteopathy addresses this imbalance by relieving pain and stiffness, managing inflammation and mobilising muscles and joints. The relief from symptoms and correction the original impairment allows the body to heal itself. This is another key concept in Osteopathy, that the body has a natural ability to self-regulate and heal, requiring only initial corrective assistance to fully restore balance and wellbeing.
Osteopaths are keen on early intervention as they can then address a condition before it affects other body functions or become chronic. Advice on injury prevention, postural correction, exercise, stretches and stress reduction are part of the service you receive during treatment. In this way the Osteopath raises client awareness and self-management, so they can make conscious lifestyle choices to improve and maintain good health.
Osteopathic treatment will involve an initial assessment involving and detailed subjective history of your condition. Not only will your current issues be discussed, but also any past complaints that may have a bearing on your condition and how it is now affecting your lifestyle. Including any effect on your sleeping patterns or emotions, like anxiety or depression.
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I didn't actually choose to see Nick - I was sent to him by my exasperated personal trainer, and now I can't thank her enough! Five weeks before the London Marathon I developed a pain in one of my glutes and did what any self-respecting idiot would do - ran on it until it was so bad it hurt just to walk, and the months of training seemed like they'd been for nothing.
Nick is wonderful. He's very professional and thorough and he has a naturally calming manner that will put you at ease. He also clearly knows his stuff - in our first session he quickly identified my problem (piriformis) explained it in terms I could understand (!) and gave me exercises to speed up recovery.
I had three more sessions and they were well worth it. As well as treating the injury he also assessed my running style for any underlying issues and correctly identified previous injury sites. With his help I was able to quickly get back into training and, by some miracle, a week before the marathon I was pain free.
I joked that, as well as fixing my injury, I expected Nick to make me run faster. Well, maybe... Just maybe... The man's a magician! I'm delighted to say I ran a pb, clocked my first sub-3 hour marathon and came 46th out of all the ladies. Thank you Nick! I cannot recommend him enough.- Ros P
A big thank you to Elaine (osteopath) at Nick Castle Osteopathy & Sports Medicine Clinics - after just 2 sessions she managed to work out some major aches and pains I'd been having daily, for over 6 months. I plan on seeing her on a regular basis to prevent any future problems. Thanks again!- Priti S
I have had 2 sports massages with Nick, one in Kensington and one in Amersham. Nick is a very approachable therapist, who spends time building a picture of the type of sports you do and the injuries you have. I have found Nick's techniques to really help improve my performance.- Jane B