Osteopathy is appropriate for people at all stages of their lives; from infancy through to the senior years. Osteopathy can be used to treat the whole person, not just back.
Treatment aims to promote joint, bone and muscle health and function. It can help with postural problems, joint and back injuries and is focussed on helping the body to move towards greater flexibility; pain reduction, and greater overall health. As osteopathy looks at the body as a whole, not just specific areas of pain, it can also help with functional problems in other systems of the body such as the digestive system; respiratory function and can be helpful in helping the body cope with stress.
Treatment is usually gentle and aims to help the body to utilise its own capacity to heal.
❤️🏖🌍Most of us are looking forward to a well-earned summer break. In order to ensure that you get the most out of your holiday, we would like to offer you the following advice.
✨If you are taking a heavy suitcase on holiday, try and ensure it has wheels. This will make it easier to manoeuvre through the airport, although you will still have to be able to lift it in and out of the car, and onto and off the baggage carousels.
✨If you have a bad neck or shoulder then it is sensible to ask for assistance when placing hand luggage in overhead lockers. Wearing a backpack will leave both hands free, which is especially useful if you are travelling with small children or will be climbing on and off a coach.
✨Whilst away on holiday there is the temptation to lay out on the sun bed to get tan. If you have a back that is vulnerable, laying on you tummy for a prolonged period is often a precursor to low back ache. This can exacerbated by arching up onto your forearms to read, so consider sitting in the shade to read and change position on a regular basis. Laying on your back with your knees slightly bent is better than laying flat out. Most sun loungers are not that supportive!
✨If you are travelling long haul, an aisle seat will give you the opportunity to get up and stretch your legs on a regular basis. This is not only better for your back, but will also help reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis(DVT)
Finally, if you have a bit of a niggle and are thinking of going away soon, why not give us a ring for an appointment to get it sorted before you go on holiday. 📞01832 272527 or to find out more about us www.oundleosteopaths.co.uk/
Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) is when you get aches and pains in your body from doing repetitive movements.
RSI have become a serious matter for many more people in recent years. Over time, the overuse of a muscle by repetition can lead to fatigue, inflammation and pain in the muscles or tendons and typically affects the joints and soft tissues of the forearm, wrist and hand, but can also cause issues in the neck and shoulders.
Osteopathy can provide relief from the pain and symptoms of RSI with simple soft tissue stretches, joint mobilisation and specific exercises. We are also able to offer advice on postures and ergonomic arrangements in the office, garden and in the car to minimise the chances of reoccurrences.
Following an initial assessment of your particular RSI complaint, a treatment plan can be devised to reduce pain, aide recovery and to minimise the chance of the injury reoccurring.
At Oundle Osteopaths we treat lots of people with neck and back pain every day. Some of these people have been suffering for a long time, and others may present with an acute problem that has just arisen.
Our patients are from a wide range of backgrounds, ages and occupations. We see young children, office workers, sports men and women; manual workers; and the active retired to name just some.
Treatment involves a careful case history and examination, and uses techniques such as gentle soft tissue, articulation and mobilisation techniques, and possibly manipulation when it is safe and appropriate to do so.
There are many causes of neck pain, from soft tissue injuries; work and postural strains; injuries and trauma, stress and tension, and also from conditions such as spondylitis or arthritis in the neck joints.
Osteopaths are trained to evaluate and treat all these different causes in a safe and comfortable way.
Muscles and tendons can become painful for many reasons. One of the most common causes is when the body experiences an unusually high amount of exertion where the muscles have struggled to cope with a high level of activity.
Stiffness will normally occur a couple of days after the activity. Also muscles and tendons can become painful due to injury, trauma, inflammation or just poor posture.
The good news is that muscle and ligament pain conditions respond particularly well to osteopathy. At Oundle Osteopaths we have a successful track record of assessing and treating muscle, tendon and ligament conditions.
If you are experiencing prolonged muscle or tendon pain then we can assess the problem and provide treatment directly to the tissues that are causing discomfort as well as identifying any underlying maintaining or predisposing factors.
The Oundle practice provides Osteopathic treatments from six Osteopaths as well as Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy, Massage Therapy and Pilates for a wide range of patients from babies to the active retired. Easy to visit and featuring modern facilities, friendly reception staff and in a lovely old building, the large highly experienced team enjoy helping many long-standing customers, as well as guiding new patients to improved health and well being.
Although OA has commonly been attributed to the "wear and tear" of aging, it is now also understood as a complex disease involving breakdown of cartilage between bones, bone remodeling, and joint inflamation. Although OA can involve any joint in the body, the joints most frequently affected are the hips, knees, feet, and hands.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. The main goal of OA treatment is to reduce symptoms and improve joint function. Important interventions include- 👉Patient education about OA 👉Weight loss ⚖️ 👉Physical therapy or a regular exercise program( including strengthening, cardiovascular, yoga, pilates and /or tai chi)
The combination of dietary modifications and exercise can lead to substantial weight loss that results in decreased joint pain and disability and improved function.
Get active ❤️💪 No matter what your age is, regular activity is key to maintaining a working body.
This is me rowing with my friend Vicky. Although we are both busy women with jobs and families, we realise that regular exercise help us maintain our physical and mental health. Although I no longer compete, I still row for fun, and combine this with cycling, swimming and walking.
It is important to keep active, even if you are recovering from an injury or suffering with chronic pain.
There is a form of exercise for everyone; you just need to find something you can enjoy at your own level.
When you visit an osteopath they will often provide advice on keeping active so you can stay healthier for longer and fend-off those aches and pains.
We can provide advice on how much physical activity you should be aiming for, how to get started or become more active and about the positive influence that physical activity can have on your health. With physical activity, even a little is better than none. It is important to build up slowly and allow your body time to get used to the new activity levels.
For more information/advice or to book an appointment with any of our osteopaths please 📞 01832 272527 or visit www.oundleosteopaths.co.uk/
How to manage an acute joint sprain or strain..❤️✨
A soft tissue injury may require first aid. One treatment method is known as RICE, which stands for ..
👉Rest- Stop any exercise or activities and try not to put any weight on the injury 👉Ice- Apply an ice pack (or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a tea towel) to the injury for up to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours. 👉Compression- Wrap a bandage around the injury to support it. 👉Elevate- Keep it raised on a pillow as much as possible.
After 2 weeks, most sprains and strains will feel better. Avoid strenuous exercise such as running for up to 6 - 8 weeks, as there is a risk of further damage. Severe sprains and strains can take months to get back to normal.
Our osteopathic treatments are particularly successful in helping sports injuries and rehabilitating sports men and women in order to get them back to their chosen sport as quickly as possible. That said, we also employ osteopathic techniques as a preventive measure to keep athletes bodies in optimum condition on an ongoing basis, and to reduce the risk of future injury.
If would like advice or to find out more, please make an appointment 📞 01832 272527 at our clinic in Oundle to see how our osteopathic approach can help with rehabilitation or your wider sporting goals. www.oundleosteopaths.co.uk/
⚽️🏃♀️🏌🏻♂️🏑Sports injuries respond particularly well to osteopathy. Treatment plans can be devised to reduce pain, aide recovery time and to minimise the chance of the injury reoccurring.
Common sports injuries that we see are repetitive strain injuries, inflamed tendons, torn and strained ligaments, shin splints and sore and sprained joints, as well as muscular pain or aching. Emphasis is placed on rehabilitation and the prevention of further injury, within the framework of an early return to sporting activity.
Symptoms of a sprain and a strain might include- 💥Pain, swelling around a joint, such as the ankle, wrist or thumb. 💥You have muscle spams or cramping 💥You can't put weight on the injury or use is normally
Our osteopaths identify problems relating to bones, muscles and soft tissue; by using a broad approach we can often identify wider issues which can contribute to localised pain or specific complaints.
We also have a sports massage therapist and a physiotherapist in our team of practitioners.