A Registered Osteopath is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of altered body mechanics.
In addition to treating spinal complaints (e.g. spondylosis, spondylitis and ‘slipped discs’), osteopathy can also influence the internal functioning of the body to help with some complaints. Treatment of infants and children is becoming increasingly popular to monitor their normal development. Osteopaths not only treat with gentle manipulation, they regularly use soft tissue massage, joint articulation and gentle release techniques. A statutory registered osteopath is recognised by D.O. Osteopath.
Applying specific osteopathic knowledge, care and training to relieve mechanical stresses and strains in the body can help release underlying factors causing pain, discomfort or irritability. We specialise in providing paediatric osteopathy treatments for newborn babies through to teenagers, using gentle techniques such as structural and cranial osteopathy.
Osteopathy works with the body’s natural drive toward health and well-being. This drive is very strong in children and they often respond quickly to osteopathic treatment. Helping the body realign itself allows resolution of the child’s symptoms.
A cranial osteopath is a registered osteopath who has further specialised in cranial technique.
This involves the gentle application of minimal pressure to the plates of the bones of the skull and spine. This allows subtle tensions to be released in the deeper structures enabling the body to return to a state of physical balance and well being. Because the treatment is so gentle, it is also used for very young babies and children.
Even though the term ‘cranial’ refers to the head, a cranial osteopath does not just limit treatment to this area. As previously stated the palapting or (listening) hand is gently placed on or under different parts of the body in an attempt to feel restrictions of the movement and lack of comply ability within the tissues.
It is becoming increasing clear that if a sportsman’s body is in balance it will not only perform better but also is less likely to become injured.
Much work is being performed at The Old Hall Clinic in the help of prediction and prevention of sporting injuries. Many players from Manchester United Football Club and Sale Sharks Rugby Team attend the clinic to have treatment in conjunction with their teams physiotherapist.
It is believed that if the body is able to work in balance without having to compensate for mechanical blockages however subtle the body is less likely to be injured during performance.
Acupuncture involves placing very fine needles into the body for therapeutic purposes.
Acupuncture probably first developed in China more than 2,000 years ago. Energy (qi or chi) was thought to move around the body in channels (meridians) and dysfunction arose when qi was either blocked or deficient. Acupuncture needles were thought to release or stimulate qi. Examination of the tongue and pulse were important in making a diagnosis. ‘Traditional’ acupuncture practitioners continue to use this model to guide their practice today.
‘Medical’ or ‘Western’ acupuncture is based on modern scientific principles. Practitioners use acupuncture to relax muscles and relieve pain.
A Homeopath treats the whole person not the disease, to encourage the natural healing potential of the body.
Homeopathy uses very tiny doses of remedies, thus avoiding the dangers of toxins, or the side effects which can be a problem with ‘traditional’ drug treatment. A wide range of illness can be treated, from acute problems, e.g. ‘Flu’ and tonsillitis, to chronic illnesses such as irritable bowel and rheumatoid arthritis. A medically qualified homeopath is recognised by the letters MB.ChB, MFHom.
A physiotherapist is skilled in the application of physical agents to aid healing.
Some of the conditions physiotherapists treat are sports injuries, spinal and joint pain, and chest complaints.
The physiotherapist also gives advice and exercises following fractures, strokes and operations. A qualified Chartered and State Registered Physiotherapist is recognised by the letters MCSP-SRP.
Therapeutic Massage is a hands on treatment that uses various movements, strokes, stretches and pressures on muscles to affect the release of body tension and soothe nerves, helping our bodies to heal themselves.
It is a holistic treatment that works on more than just the physical aspect, reviving, nurturing and de-stressing our minds and spirits too. Therapeutic massage is a preventative treatment, i.e. it can help maintain a state of well being by helping us to relax physically and mentally, thus avoiding stress related problems.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has a unique and profound theoretical system differing from Western medicines.
It emphasises the systemic analysis of all the symptoms and experiences of the patient while taking into account the age, physical habits and emotional traits and all other aspects of the individual as a whole in order to evaluate the cause of the disease. It consists mainly of acupuncture and herbal medicines.
Hypnotherapy is a two way process between the therapist and the client, a professional partnership. A person cannot be hypnotised unless he or she agrees and cooperates – this cannot be stressed enough.
Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and concentration at one with the state of heightened awareness induced by suggestion. It is a natural trance state, like daydreaming, when the mind is relaxed and focused, where time passes very quickly, accompanied by good feelings of deep relaxation of mind and body. Hypnotherapy is a treatment that is based on the premise that the mind and body do not work in isolation. By sending the patient into a hypnotic state, the therapist aims to trigger the body’s mental and physical self-healing processes that lie in the subconscious. When undergoing hypnotherapy, patients are conscious and aware, but are open to the power of suggestion. They cannot be induced to do anything against their will.