Osteopathy

What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions. An osteopath will use their extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics to ascertain which, if any, structures are or have been damaged or impaired. It is always the osteopath’s goal to restore full function to an area subsequently allowing it to work at its optimal level, within a pain free range.

What does an Osteopath treat?
It is a common misconception that osteopaths only treat ‘the back’. In fact, osteopaths can choose to specialise in any number of fields. At Guildford Sports Clinic we focus mainly, although not exclusively, on sports injuries. This means that as well as spinal injuries we also see a lot of peripheral joint injuries (such as knees, shoulders and ankles) and soft tissue problems. A list of the common injuries treated can be found under the ‘What We Do – Injuries’ section above.

What does Treatment entail?
An osteopathic session will usually last between 45 minutes and an hour. As a new patient there will be a series of questions aimed at firstly diagnosing the problem but also at gaining an understanding of your all round medical health, and the implications this may have on your recovery. Treatments will vary depending on the problem, but in general will involve a combination of soft tissue massage, articulation and mobilisation of joints, muscle stretching techniques, electrotherapy (such as ultrasound), taping or strapping and joint manipulation.
At Guildford Sports Clinic we also aim to advise our patients on the best possible form of rehabilitation following treatment, this is always tailored to the individual and the demands of their sport.