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Jurassic Coast Osteopathy's mission is to provide professional care for you & your family, to help you do more of what you want to do in comfort. We have helped many people be in less pain or be more active, whether that's to play golf, improve their run times, ride horses, knit, read, sleep better or even just sit more comfortably at work or at home.
Osteopaths treat people of all ages, for all sorts of conditions - for example, clinic owner Helena's oldest patient has been 96 and her youngest just 5 days old! Both Helena & Vitor use a variety of techniques including deep tissue massage, articulation, manipulation and cranial (craniosacral) technique, depending on what is appropriate for your problem, your state of health and your preferences. They may also give advice about posture, exercises and other aspects of health that will help you manage your problem or prevent it re-occuring in future.
Helena & Vitor will refer you back to your GP if appropriate or they may suggest another practitioner with different skills, for example a physiotherapist, nutritionist, massage therapist or acupuncturist if they thinks their skill set is better suited to your problem.
Many people think osteopaths treat just back pain but Osteopathy can offer benefits for a wide range of problems and not just pain, but also problems with flexibility, tension and other issues listed below. For those keen to explore the evidence base for osteopathy directly, citations are being gradually added to this page & there is a downloadable summary attached.
The conditions listed here are all from the Advertising Standard Authority's website of what Osteopaths may claim to treat based on current evidence, however Helena & Vitor may be able to help with other problems not on this list - please call the clinic on 01305 237244 and ask for a callback from an Osteopath to discuss whether Osteopathy may be suitable for your problem.
Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
- Herd, C. R., & Meserve, B. B. (2008). A systematic review of the effectiveness of manipulative therapy in treating lateral epicondylalgia. The Journal of manual & manipulative therapy, 16(4), 225–237. https://doi.org/10.1179/106698108790818288
Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
General, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)
Generalised aches and pains
Inability to relax
Minor sports injuries and tensions
Inability to relax
Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)
The National Council of Osteopathic Research (NCOR) has summarised the evidence from theUK Evidence Report which was a systematic review looking at what conditions manipulative manual therapy (chiropractic & osteopathy) were useful for and those for which the evidence was inconclusive or where manipulation should definitely not be used.
NCOR's summary is attached as a downloadable PDF at the bottom of this page - the UK Evidence Report is available free on PMC (Pub Med Central) as is the 2014 update by Clar et al which found more positive evidence for the usefulness of manual therapy for cervicogenic headache, other headaches & rotator cuff dysfunction.
Bronfort, G., Haas, M., Evans, R., Leininger, B., & Triano, J. (2010). Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report. Chiropractic & osteopathy, 18, 3. https://doi.org/10.1186/1746-1340-18-3
Clar, C., Tsertsvadze, A., Court, R., Hundt, G. L., Clarke, A., & Sutcliffe, P. (2014). Clinical effectiveness of manual therapy for the management of musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal conditions: systematic review and update of UK evidence report. Chiropractic & manual therapies, 22(1), 12. https://doi.org/10.1186/2045-709X-22-12
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