Osteopathy All osteopaths complete a 4-year degree, and in South Africa they are registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa. This qualifies them to practise osteopathy under the title of ‘Doctor’. Osteopaths have a solid background in anatomy, physiology, neurology, orthopaedics, pathology, diagnosis, biomechanics, clinical skills and paediatrics, which provides them with essential diagnostic skills and gives the treatment they provide a sound medical basis. Osteopathy is a ‘hands-on’ manual therapy that does not simply look at the presenting symptoms, however Osteopaths believe that symptoms often in fact conceal the underlying cause of disease.
Osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists treat the same conditions with different approaches. If you’re thinking you may need to see a chiropractor or physiotherapist, then seeing an osteopath is suitable. Many of our patients have seen a vast array of therapists and prefer our holistic osteopathic approach. View a list of common complains that Osteopathy can assist with Discovery the benefits of Osteopathy What is Osteopathy? Adult health issues Babies and Children During and after pregnancy Common Complaints Testimonials Sports Injuries Genral Osteopathy FAQs The Science & Reasearch
Why do children need osteopathic care? In the event that a baby’s body has become strained at birth and this strain is not resolved, it will cause the baby’s whole body to grow in an unbalanced way. As a consequence, structures within the whole body will be required to compensate for this distortion, but signs and symptoms may present themselves soon after birth or much later. Paediatric osteopathic treatment soon after birth is recommended as birth misalignment becomes progressively more difficult to correct with time.
Why is osteopathic care so important as we age? The changes of old age are inevitable, however we can delay them. Osteopathic care is extremely important for the maturing and elderly adult because of the dramatic changes that occur in the body frame with increasing age. As we age; joints, ligaments, muscles and other tissues become less able to withstand normal stresses. As a result pain from degenerative changes and tissue injury becomes more common and recovery time increases.
Workplace Office - Sedentary occupations that involve static positions with poor seating, such as at a computer or driving for prolonged periods, will develop into a habitual, altered posture. These types of postures will place strain and cause restriction to areas of the spine. Muscle imbalance will also occur throughout your body. A common example is shortening of the hamstrings. Symptoms such as back, neck, shoulder, arm, wrist and hand aches and pains, will only arise because your body can no longer adapt to the positions it has been in.
Who is suitable for treatment? Osteopathy is for everybody; from babies to the elderly, and can help the very fit and the infirm alike. Age is not a barrier to receiving osteopathic treatment. Treatment is specifically adapted to a patient’s individual needs. View a list of common complains that Osteopathy can assist with Discovery the benefits of Osteopathy What is Osteopathy? Adult health issues Babies and Children During and after pregnancy Common Complaints Testimonials Sports Injuries Genral Osteopathy FAQs The Science & Reasearch
Do I need to be referred by my doctor? Osteopaths are primary health care professionals who make their own clinical diagnosis based on a detailed case history and a medical examination, a referral from your medical doctor is therefore not necessary. However we frequently receive referrals from medical doctors and when we do we work with your doctor to provide a treatment plan specific to your needs. View a list of common complains that Osteopathy can assist with Discovery the benefits of Osteopathy What is Osteopathy?
Painkillers and anti-inflammatories may help you feel less pain, but they do not address the underlying cause of the symptoms. It is always advised to seek the help of a medical doctor or pharmacist when it comes to medication. However, it is generally accepted that Paracetemol is an effective painkiller. Aspirin and Neurofen may aggravate pre-existing conditions such as asthma and digestive problems. Consider pain as your body’s “red light.
Is osteopathy suitable for my condition? Osteopaths are well equipped with the skills necessary to identify whether treatment is suitable for you or whether referral to another health professional is required. ##How qualified is an Osteopath? Osteopaths are highly trained health professionals. There is currently no training available for Osteopaths in South Africa. Osteopaths are required to complete 4-5 years of University training; comprising of either a Bachelors degree or Masters degree.
Cranial Osteopathy is a very subtle and gentle approach to the treatment of the whole body (not just the head as the name implies). Cranial Osteopathy examines the complex structure of the head in detail and its considerable influence on the health of the whole body via its connection to the spine. The skull is formed of 23 separate bones and in an adult these bones are intricately joined to allow very slight movement to accommodate fluid motion within and around the brain.