Natural Therapy Osteopathy and Acupuncture in Carlisle
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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy was first discovered in the USA in the 19th century and since then it has spread world wide. The British School of Osteopathy was founded in 1917.

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment which lays its’ main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. Although best know as a treatment for bad backs and painful muscles and joints, it can in fact be used to treat a wide variety of problems. Osteopaths use their hands both to investigate the underlying causes of pain from a mechanical, functional and structural standpoint and then use a variety of manipulative techniques to return the functions to normal. 

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy (or Craniosacral Therapy) is a specialised area of Osteopathy which uses the rhythmic pulse of the cerebrospinal fluid for diagnosis and treatments. It is a particularly gentle technique and therefore most suitable for the elderly, babies, pregnant woman and others of similarly sensitive disposition. 

What does treatment entail?

Osteopaths use their hands both to investigate the underlying causes of pain and to carry out a variety of manipulative techniques. These may include muscle and connective tissue stretching, rhythmic joint movements or thrust techniques to improve the mobility in a joint - where an audible “click” in the joint can sometimes be heard. Cranial Osteopathy uses particularly gentle pressure around the joints of the skull and throughout other parts of the  body to identify and correct mechanical disturbances and limitations in movement. 

What does Osteopathy treat?

Osteopathy can be used to help back, or neck pain - either a long term condition or more acute pain brought on by a fall, strain or other activity. It can also help with painful joints, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, indeterminate aches and pains and various functional problems.

Craniosacral therapy can also be used in all of these conditions but comes into its own as a treatment for symptoms arising after head injury and any situation which requires particularly gentle techniques e.g.. treatment of babies, young children and pregnant women etc.

Osteopathy can help with a wide range of conditions. If in doubt, it is worth consulting the practice for further details. 

Is Osteopathy painful?

Occasionally the patient may feel a slight ache in a muscle or joint as the treatment releases tension in that area, however correctly applied osteopathy should never be painful. Also from time to time a symptom may appear to flare up very slightly for a day or two after treatment, as part of what is called a “healing crisis”, before it begins to get a lot better. However you will always be warned if this is likely to happen. The treatment usually leaves the patient with a feeling of relaxation and calm.

What happens on my first visit?

Your first visit will be slightly longer than subsequent ones. A full medical history will be taken in which you will be asked all about your current symptoms and what aggravates or relieves them, the treatment you have received so far, the  medical history of your close family, your diet, exercise,  sleeping patterns and any other relevant facts. The patient will normally be asked to remove some clothing, depending on where the problem is, for  examination.

You will usually be examined standing, sitting and lying down. The Osteopath uses his developed sense of touch to assess areas of weakness and tenderness,  movement, tone and general health of relevant joints, muscles and other tissues. If Osteopathic treatment is appropriate then a variety of manual techniques will be used to help the body  return the function of these to normal.

If you are a little nervous and feel you would like to bring someone along with you to keep you company during  treatment, that is absolutely fine. 

How many treatments are needed?

The number of treatments needed varies from individual to individual. Normally you are recommended to receive treatment once a week to start with. As symptoms improve the treatments are spread out accordingly.

Some patients respond dramatically and only need one or two sessions, for others it is a more lengthy process. 

What about Regulation?

Since May 2000 it has been against the law for anyone to use the title "Osteopath" unless they are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC); one of the thirteen UK health and social care regulators. The GOsC’s aim is to ensure the health and safety of the public at all times by maintaining the highest standards of Osteopathic education, ethics, discipline and practice. Osteopaths registered with the General Osteopathic Council can carry the letters GOsC after their name. The GOsC can be contacted via their web site at or by phone at 020 7357 6655.