Osteopathy is a manual therapy which usually involves a combination of treatment modalities including soft or deep tissue massage, stretching, joint articulation and mobilisation, muscle energy techniques and, as appropriate, other treatments such a dry-needling (modern acupuncture) and cranial osteopathy.
Dry-needling, or modern acupuncture, is a useful treatment as it helps to reduce muscular spasm and tension by addressing the 'trigger points' (hypersensitive, knotted, tight points) in the muscle. It is particularly appropriate when patients are suffering from muscular or ligamentous strain, arthritis, nerve irritation or discal or facetal (back joint) pain.
Cranial Osteopathy is a subtle and gentle type of osteopathic treatment which can help to relieve tension and everyday stress patterns that have built up throughout the body. The treatment itself involves the delicate manipulation of the cranial and spinal bones in order to restore the cranial rhythm.