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So what conditions do osteopaths treat?
It should be stressed that osteopaths treat people rather than conditions. Two people may have the same condition, but because of their age, build or occupation may be treated in totally different ways. In a recent survey at the practice the range of problems for which patients were receiving treatment included the following: Migraine, sinus problems, asthma, back and neck pain, sciatica, muscle strains, torn ligaments, diaphragmatic hernia, stroke rehabilitation, pain and disability of the shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and feet, certain conditions relating to the eyes and ears, sports injuries and sports performance, developmental problems associated with Downs syndrome, cerebral palsy, hyperactivity in children and problems during pregnancy.

What happens when I first consult an osteopath?
The osteopath will take a full case history including details of any previous illness or accidents. A physical examination is then carried out and, very occasionally, blood or urine tests. X-rays or a scan may be requested if necessary. The osteopath will then decide whether the case is suitable for osteopathic treatment or whether you need to be referred to someone else such as your GP. If deemed appropriate, osteopathic treatment could then be carried out accordingly.

What is treatment like?
Osteopaths work with their hands by treating through the bones, muscles, joints and ligaments and so affect other areas of the body. This can involve articulation, stretching or occasionally moving a joint quickly so that it gives a little 'pop'. Other treatment may involve very delicate movements of the bones of the skull, which is called Cranial osteopathy; this is particularly useful with headaches, sinusitis or treatment of young children.
   
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