Osteopathy uses a variety of treatments to ensure the correct alignment of your back and muscles, easing muscle tension to restore your body’s natural self-healing abilities.
Osteopath Peter Black eases pain, reduces swelling and improves mobility with gentle, manual techniques – massage to relax stiff muscles, stretching to mobilise joints, and manipulation to restore easy movement – and optional acupuncture. Osteopathy treats the whole person and not just the areas causing symptoms, looking at emotional as well as physical aspects and the impact of stressful situations. It involves understanding the root cause (or causes) of your condition and helps the body heal itself more effectively by removing strain on muscles and joints. With added exercises and health advice, Peter aims to reduce the symptoms and improve your long-term quality of life. Osteopathy can provide one-off relief from pain and dysfunction or help you to manage long-term (chronic) complaints. Treatment can often be very relaxing, following an osteopathic treatment, there may be some discomfort for 24 to 48 hours but this is just your body adapting to the changes Peter has made.
Acupuncture has been shown to have a positive effect on the nervous system, blood flow and muscular tension. It helps knees, hips, ankles, wrists and elbows. It can calm acute injuries down quite quickly.
Peter often uses acupuncture when an important factor is that patients are at a stressful point in their lives. It is very helpful if people are having trouble sleeping. It helps them to relax and they often say they’ve had their best night’s sleep for a long time after a treatment. Peter uses acupuncture as a method of pain relief alongside osteopathy. If osteopathy sometimes makes areas flare up, acupuncture calms them down. It is also an option for people with too acute an injury for much physical manipulation.