Functional osteopathy uses the body’s natural movement patterns as part of a holistic treatment to ease pain, improve movement, well being and optimise the healing process.
As with conventional osteopathy, in the initial consultation the practitioner takes a detailed case history. This ensures that the symptoms are within the realm of treatment. The examination normally begins with the patient doing some simple actions while the practitioner checks for restrictions or changes in the body’s movements. These restrictions may be leading to compensation locally or elsewhere in the body resulting in pain or limitations in range.
The practitioner encourages flexibility and joint motion by using a gentle hands-on approach while the patient performs a specific action; helping the body move freely and alleviating symptoms.
Our practitioners use a combination of traditional osteopathic techniques (see osteopathy) and functional techniques to gain optimal results for the patient. This could be to resolve pain or to maximize function whether it is improving a sporting technique or to rehabilitate after surgery or sports injury.
The functional treatment can then be adapted into an “individualised” set of exercises appropriate to the patient’s condition which helps maintain the effect of the treatment and aims to prevent the initial problem reoccurring. The exercises are patient specific so no two patients ever leave with the same exercise making the treatment specific to your own personal needs.