At the Osteopathic Health Centre Chester we can help you recover from a host of conditions including; low back pain, neck pain, sports injuries, arthritis and muscle spasms.

We are conveniently placed for visitors coming to us from all parts of; Cheshire, Wirral, Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales, Chester, Christleton, Tattenhall, Tarporley, Malpas, Kelsall, Helsby, Frodsham, Hawarden, Great Sutton, Ellesmere Port, Queensferry, Hawarden, Flint, Wrexham.

What is Osteopathy?

 
Osteopathy is an approach to healthcare that is centered on the patient rather than the disease and aims to facilitate a return to health.  To understand osteopathy it helps to recognise the principles on which it is based.
 
 

Osteopathic Principles

At the core of osteopathy is the understanding that our bodies have systems of maintenance and repair, which normally enable a return to health and full function following an injury, accident or illness.  The body also has some ability to adapt and compensate for dysfunction, but where the systems of maintenance and repair are impeded to a degree that exceeds the body’s capacity to adapt, health will be compromised.


The intention of an osteopath is to enhance these systems of maintenance and repair. With emphasis on the patient rather than the disease osteopaths gather information to try and identify the cause of the problem.


Osteopathy acknowledges that no system or region of the body can exist in isolation and that the body functions as an indivisible whole. We recognize that impaired function in any part of the body can cause effects elsewhere. In practical terms this translates that the underlying cause of the presenting symptoms may be remote from the site of the symptoms. Similarly when treating a patient, it is possible to produce an effect remote from the site of where the treatment has been applied.


Osteopathy is based on scientific discovery, especially in the fields of Anatomy and Physiology. Osteopathic assessment is based on rational, critical clinical reasoning which enables us to apply this knowledge in an integrated and informed manner. We acknowledge that as scientific knowledge develops, so osteopathic practice is bound to change and develop, even though its principles remain the same.

 
 
Every patient is a unique individual; their specific path from health to illness is unique to them.  The path of an individual returning to health will also be unique and can be influenced by a wide range of factors. As osteopaths we try to tailor our management and treatment of a patient’s health to the needs and circumstances of that particular individual. One of the golden rules of osteopathy is to try to avoid “recipe treatment” and to stick fast to the principle of treating each patient as an individual.

 



Osteopathy holds the following core principles

 

  • Structure and function are inseparably related.
     
  • Movement is one of the characteristics of life.  It is essential for the efficient working of the body’s inherent maintenance and repair mechanisms and thus to health.
     
  • The body’s intrinsic mechanisms of maintenance and repair are influenced by the neuro-endocrine control systems. (hormonal and nervous systems)
     
  • Tissue health is dependent on adequate vascular and lymphatic flow.
     
  • The axial skeleton links the head and extremities and contains the pathways of neurological control.

 

Osteopathic treatment embraces the relationship between the structure of the patient and the function of the patient. We believe that the different parts of the body work together to keep the body healthy. Just like a building, if the foundations of the building are weak and failing you would not be surprised to see cracks appearing higher up. Sadly the body is no different, so although your feet may not hurt they may be playing a part in your backache. As such osteopaths don’t just look at the area that is causing you problems; we will look much wider to see if we can spot anything that could be contributing to your problems.
 

The use of our hands in both assessment and treatment is a characteristic of osteopathic treatment. Osteopathic treatment aims to improve both the mobility of the individual joints as well as the overall mobility of the patient. By using our hands to manipulate joints and muscles osteopathic treatment influences the blood supply, lymphatic drainage, neurological pathways and systems which control the body’s ability to repair.

 

Osteopathy aims to put patients in charge of their own health. By working in partnership with a patient to try to identify the causes of ill health, measures such as small life style changes or exercises can be put in place to help assist recovery. Knowledge and understanding is the key to resolving health issues