Osteopathy is a system of assessment and physical treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. We consider each person as an individual and treatment is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
Osteopaths work to encourage your body to a state of balance by the use of touch, soft tissue massage, stretching and manipulation.
We also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
Who and what do osteopaths treat?
Osteopathy is suitable for anyone; we frequently treat newborn babies and patients in their nineties. Our treatment is tailored to meet each patient’s individual needs. As such Osteopathy can make a valuable contribution to the treatment and management of a wide range of complaints.
Whilst Osteopathy is best known for treating back pain, it is not the only thing that Osteopaths do. Osteopaths primarily treat the neuro-musculo-skeletal system, affecting the muscles and joints, by using an Osteopathic approach which is holistic and patient-centred.
Low Back Pain
Osteopaths are best known for their effective treatment of back and neck pain. It is, therefore the most common complaint that our new patients present with. Osteopathy can offer a fast and effective approach to managing back pain whether it is a recent, acute episode or a longer-standing, chronic condition.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published treatment guidelines for of non-specific low back pain. Their recommendations can be found in Low back pain: Early management of persistent non-specific low back pain, include osteopathy.
The advice includes spinal manipulation, mobilisation and massage, for patients who “have been in pain for longer than six weeks but less than one year, where pain may be linked to structures in the back such as joints, muscles and ligaments”.
Sports Related Injuries
Osteopathy is being increasingly used in the treatment of sports injuries and by sports people to enable to compete at their best; regardless of the level of sport that they are involved with. All The Guildhall Practice is known for our passion for sport and the treatment of sports-related injuries.
The way in which Osteopaths view the body, as an integrated whole, complements perfectly with the contemporary model of preparation and training in competitive sport.
For a long time our principal Osteopath Andrew Leask worked at Birchfield Harriers on club nights treating a wide variety of athletes and injuries. Andrew also now works at Perform at St George’s Park, the new national centre for football treating footballers and other athletes.
All of our Osteopaths are passionate about sport
Performance Related Injuries
The Guildhall Practice has close connections with a number of dance companies in Birmingham, including Birmingham Royal Ballet, The DanceXchange and the Rosie Kay Dance Company.
Andrew Leask works at Birmingham Conservatoire as a performance medicine consultant. Andrew is collaborating with Louise Landsdown, the head of strings, and Tobias Gross… at ETH Zurich in a research project investigating the mechanical strain within the cervical spine whilst playing the viola and violin.
The Guildhall Practice is located in :
- Birmingham City Centre.
- Five Ways Edgbaston.
- Kings Heath.
- Sutton Coldfield.