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What is Osteopathy?

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is an approach to healthcare that improves the structure and function of the skeleton and muscles to promote mobility, balance and health - (Paul Knight BSc (Hons) Ost.)

The body works at its best when at harmony with its environment, free from the strains and tensions that lead to aches and pains. The osteopath is skilled in assessing these stresses and if not treated, may lead to early degeneration and dysfunction.

Osteopaths treat a range of disorders, including:
* Asthma
* Arthritis/rheumatism
* Back and neck pain
* Chronic fatigue
* Headaches/migraine
* Joint pain
* Repetitive strain injuries
* Sciatica (shooting pains down the leg)
* Sports injuries
* Tendonitis.
* Tingling and numbness

At your first consultation the osteopath will spend time taking a thorough medical history. All your details will be handled with the strictest confidentiality. This gives the osteopath a background about your health, such as operations, accidents, the onset of your condition and other details affecting your current health.

A thorough orthopaedic, neurological, and osteopathic examination is performed. A highly trained sense of touch and assessment of the patient’s joint mobility help in this process. Based on the findings, the osteopath will decide whether any additional investigations are necessary, such as X-rays, MRI, CT scans and urine or blood tests.


Osteopaths treat the cause of your problem that painkillers hide and not just the symptoms. The treatment is holistic, in that the osteopath treats the whole body, as sometimes the area of pain may be caused by a problem elsewhere. After reviewing all the information the osteopath will use only the techniques appropriate to your condition. Manual techniques such as, specific spinal adjustments (resulting in a ‘click’ as the joint is released), deep soft tissue massage, stretching muscles, articulating joints and traction are used.

Cranial and other gentle techniques (especially used with children and pregnant women) can decrease pain, muscle spasm, nerve interference and improve joint mobility, stability and circulation, therefore improving your health.

You may be given specific exercises to do at home and other advice regarding ice and heat, better posture, diet, body awareness and relaxation techniques that show you how to move the body in a more energy efficient way. You will actually be taught how to help yourself so you need as few treatments as is necessary.

After treatment, many patients report increased general wellbeing and energy levels not just improvement with the problem that made them turn to osteopathy in the first place.

Most conditions take 2-6 treatments to resolve and if necessary, regular preventative treatments with between 1-6 monthly intervals depending on the needs of that particular patient. Call now and let Osteopathy give you the quality of life you want.

Osteopath Gibraltar -
Paul Knight Osteopathy Gibraltar, 25, City Mill Lane - Fit4life Medical Centre,
+350 200 40563
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