Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment, which works by balancing the structure of the body with the function.
There are many situations in daily life that can cause strains on the musculo-skeletal system resulting in aches and pains. These may be due to poor seating arrangements at work, incorrect lifting of awkward or heavy objects, or sporting injuries. Car accidents can in many cases result in whiplash injuries or strains to ligaments and muscles. These may not always show up immediately with the symptoms appearing some time later.
Many conditions can be treated with osteopathy, targeting not only symptoms but also the parts of the body that have caused the symptoms. Osteopaths aim to restore balance by improving mobility to the joints and relieving muscle tension to enhance blood supply and facilitate the body's self-healing mechanism. Your body will work well if it is in good structural balance
A wide range of techniques may be used, including stretching and massage, cranial techniques (sometimes referred to as 'cranial osteopathy') and joint mobilization. This breadth of approach allows us to focus on every patient's precise needs. Osteopaths assess and treat people of any age from the elderly to the newborn. Pregnant women may also be safely treated after the first trimester.
We may also refer our patients for diagnostic services ie X ray or MRI if we feel it is necessary. This could be either via your GP or privately. Exercises or postural advice may be given, or if we think that Osteopathy is not the best approach at this time we will advise you which direction to take.
For more information about what Osteopathy offers please visit the Institute for Osteopathy website.
Our lead Osteopath:
Anna Tonkin founded the Diss Osteopathy & Natural Health clinic in 1997 on graduating from the European school of Osteopathy in Maidstone. She has a special interest in Cranial Osteopathy but uses a wide range of techniques according to the needs of the patient.