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Osteopathy and Yoga

People sometimes approach me with ailments that yoga alone won't 'fix'. A regular yoga practice is a wonderful preventative and treatment tool for health issues such as Osteoarthritis, poor posture, digestive issues..the list goes on! But imagine the results if you undertook Osteopathy, too!

The two disciplines have a very complimentary relationship.

Empowering the patient to take an active role in their own recovery is essential if they are to understand the mechanism of their particular injury; this decreases the probability of repeat injury and promotes a healthier lifestyle.


For Osteopaths understanding where a patient is in their practice and which postures they are having difficulty with is an invaluable diagnostic tool. Similarly, those who practice yoga do gain a better understanding of their body and will be able to outline the issue more effectively to their doctor and the treatment is then more likely to be accurate and effective.


As yoga practitioners many of us have experienced the consequences of visiting busy GP’s with a musculo-skeletal problem, perhaps causing us difficulty achieving one posture or another, but as long as we can demonstrate a ‘normal’ range of movement with no pain, we are just advised to stop doing our yoga practise until it gets better. Osteopaths look at this in a very different way, firstly examining and then diagnosing the problem and perhaps using yoga as a means to treat and prevent the re-occurrence of the issue.

Up to 10 million Brits suffer with daily back pain, a similar figure for those suffering with knee pain. Why let pain become normal?


Don't let pain be a part of your day to day life or stop you from doing what you love. Osteopathy treats a wide variety of conditions including back, shoulder, knee and neck pain and so much more.

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What is Osteopathy?


Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person's muscles and joints.




Osteopathy is based on the principle that the well being of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.


Osteopaths use physical manipulation, stretching and massage with the aim of:


  • increasing the mobility of joints

  • relieving muscle tension

  • enhancing the blood supply to tissues

  • helping the body to heal

  • They use a range of techniques, but not drugs or surgery.


In the UK, osteopathy is a health profession regulated by UK law.


Although osteopaths may use some conventional medical techniques, the use of osteopathy isn't always based on scientific evidence.


When it's used

Most people who see an osteopath do so for help with conditions that affect the muscles, bones and joints, such as:


  • lower back pain

  • uncomplicated neck pain (as opposed to neck pain after an injury such as whiplash)

  • shoulder pain and elbow pain (for example, tennis elbow)

  • arthritis

  • problems with the pelvis, hips and legs

  • sports injuries

  • muscle and joint pain associated with driving, work or pregnancy



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