Osteopathy Treatment

Definition of Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a method of diagnosing and treating conditions/diseases that affect the human body. Many people think that Osteopaths treat only back pain however; any part of the body can be treated, from big toe to little finger. In addition, many other problems can also be addressed with osteopathy, such headaches, asthma and IBS.

First Treatment (45 mins- 1 hour)

Initially, a very thorough case history will be taken. This will not only include questions about the nature and history of your current problem, but will also include questions about previous conditions and your general health. This is to give your practitioner a full and accurate overview of the state of your health. A physical examination based upon your case history will then be undertaken. In order to perform a full physical assessment it may be necessary for you to undress down to your underwear (during your treatment you will be covered with a towel whenever possible). The practitioner will then explain the diagnosis and commence with treatment.

Subsequent Treatments (30 mins)

The number of osteopathy treatments depends upon the nature and progression of your problem. They will involve a brief physical examination followed by treatment. It may be necessary in some cases to arrange regular ‘maintenance’ treatments in order to effectively manage your problem. 

Conditions Treated…Osteopathy & Shoulder Pain

  • Arthritic Pain
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Foot and Ankle Pain
  • Disc Prolapse
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches
  • Knee and Hip Pain
  • Jaw and Facial Pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Sports Injuries
  • RSI and Tennis Elbow
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Digestive Problems/IBS
  • Respiratory Problems (e.g. Asthma)
  • Menstrual Pain

Note: Different osteopaths treat in different ways using a wide variety of treatment techniques.


Naturopathic medicine (or ‘Nature Cure’ as it is sometimes known) is a system of medicine that focuses on the prevention of disease, and the use of non-toxic natural therapies. It espouses the idea that ‘true wellness’ is more than merely the absence of symptoms, pain or disease. Treatment involves making lifestyle changes such as exercise programmes, dietary changes and relaxation techniques, in order to facilitate the body to achieve a state of balance and equilibrium that allows it to heal itself and achieve a deep state of wellness. When in this state, the whole person is far better prepared for the stresses and strains that are unavoidable in life.

Osteopaths may use some or all of the following treatment techniques;

  • Massage, mobilizations and manipulations
  • Muscle stretching techniques
  • Cranial osteopathy
  • Dry needling (modern acupuncture)
  • Orthotics (shoe inserts)
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Home exercises and exercise regimens
  • Postural advice
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Dietary advice (including use of dietary manipulation, herbs and supplements)

Osteopathy - Paul Costin


Paul Costin is our Osteopath and is registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOC)



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