What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a philosophy and form of health care which emphasizes the interrelationship between structure and function of the body – recognizing the body’s ability to heal itself.
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
What techniques are used?
Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms.
Your Osteopath may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring. Some techniques can induce mild discomfort but most are pain free and quite pleasant!
Continued treatments every few months are recommended to prevent relapses or just to stay in good shape.
Why do I need it?
Your body is subjected to different types of strain every day. These can result from the way you sit, working at a computer, from standing for long periods, from repetitive motion, overworking, under-resting or from accidental injury. Your body absorbs all these strains.
Usually the regeneration process works silently without us even knowing, however sometimes things go wrong and we are left feeling pain, discomfort, immobile and vulnerable. An Osteopath can facilitate the regeneration process – principally by the practice of manual and manipulative therapy.
What are the benefits?
- Pain relief
- Better mobility
- Healthier lifestyle
- Happier general wellbeing
Dynamite at releasing tension
I came to NIHP Durham because of severe pain in my lower back and each leg. After my first session I really felt a difference. Each session brought more relief and stronger flexible joints.
Amanda may be small but she is dynamite at releasing tension. Very professional and super friendly. I would certainly recommend using this service.
Diane W. (51), Sacriston
Able to return to work sooner
After suffering a very painful bout of sciatica I visited NIHP for Osteopathy. The treatment aided and sped up my recovery so I was able to return to work sooner than expected.
All of the staff were extremely helpful and gave sound advice. I have used NIHP Durham before for deep tissue massage and I would not hesitate to recommend to all my family and friends seeking a very helpful and professional service.
Charles D. (47), Sacriston
My shoulder is now pain free
I had a shoulder problem which was very painful, and I was unable to use my left arm without pain.
I was made to feel very at ease and comfortable. The treatments were very painful at the time, and sore for a few days afterwards. However, with exercise to do at home between treatments I felt better and could move more each week, with the pain receding.
My shoulder is now pain free and my neck and shoulders are much more relaxed.
Linda V. (52), Sacriston
Acute hip pain
Following my initial concern of acute hip pain I was referred to Amanda the Osteopathy. I have completed 3 sessions with Amanda resulting in my wellbeing improvement, my movements are now more flexible, in particular my driving posture has improved.
Brian S. (83), High Shincliffe
Amanda was good at sorting out my trapped nerve. Her treatment has got me back exercising again. Excellent service!
Stephen A. (46), Chester-le-Street
I would be in so much pain
Amanda was excellent. Without her treatments I would still be in so much pain and my posture would be strange to say the least.
Mark H. (43), Craghead
Treatment made huge impact on my life
Osteopathy treatment has made a huge impact on my life. I didn’t realise how used to living with pain I had become. After the first session I felt relief. I have stuck to the stretching and exercise routine recommended and continue to feel the benefit. I have recommended NIHP Durham to my friends family. Fantastic all round.
Emma W. (31), Chester-le-Street
After 1 visit I felt better
I injured my lower back lifting weights in the gym and initially was in severe pain, had difficulty walking and affected everything I had to do. Treatment on the NHS was too long to wait and someone recommended NIHP. After one visit with Amanda the Osteopath I felt better and after my third visit I have been discharged.
Michael R. (52), Chester-le-Street
Definitely improved my pain and movement
I decided to try Osteopathy as I have had a lot of pain, discomfort and inflexibility across my head, neck and shoulders. Amanda has given me an insight into my condition and various treatment techniques which has increased my flexibility and definitely improved my pain and movement. She has a friendly, professional approach and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her and NIHP.
Helen S. (46), Durham
Sciatica & Knee Injury
I was having a lot of pain and discomfort in my right upper leg due to sciatica. Amanda worked on my back and leg and the improvement was amazing – my leg has been numb for many years and now this has almost disappeared. I also was experiencing pain in my right knee from an old injury. Amanda manipulated my knee on each visit and gave me exercises to do to relieve the pain and it is much better now. I am happy to know that I can come back to NIHP in the future if I have any more problems.
Janet B. (58), Houghton-le-Spring
I came to NIHP with pain and discomfort down my right leg and very painful stiff shoulders. My movement was very restricted. After Osteopathy treatment from Amanda I noticed improvement almost at once and has continued to get better.
Valerie D. (80), Consett
More Mobile & Pain Free
I came to NIHP with back pain which was getting worse. I had previously had sciatica (a few years ago) but this was different. I was treated by Amanda who was most thorough and very pleasant in manner – easy to talk to, which took my mind off the intensive treatment she delivered! After 4 visits I have been discharged feeling more mobile and pain free. Thank you Amanda. I would not hesitate to recommend NIHP to family and friends.
Jennifer W. (74), Sacriston
Lower Back Pain
I contacted NIHP because I had been suffering from lower back pain and muscle spasms, and exercise mainly through swimming. After Osteopathy Treatment with Amanda I feel more confident to return to swimming, which I have done, and also feel I can now look forward to my upcoming holiday. I have reduced pain and discomfort and this has definitely improved my lifestyle.
Michelle E. (39), Fencehouses
Effective treatment for sports injuries
I had no idea Osteopathy could give such effective treatment for sports injuries. This along with home exercises has improved my quality of life no end and means I can enjoy my holiday without walking problems.
Val H. (66), Durham
Shoulder injury & elbow pain
I had difficulty with a range of movements involving my right shoulder which I damaged 2 years ago. I also had pain in my left elbow which increased when I lifted or turned it.
The therapies Amanda used, and the exercises she gave me to do between sessions, resulted in a gradual improvement over a few weeks. She has also sorted out a few problems which I didn’t know I had, including problems with my knees and buttocks. I have been pleased with the treatment I’ve received.
Mary W. (62), Durham
My leg is back to normal with no pain
I had a lot of pain down my right leg and hip. The hospital physio could not help as they did not know where the pain was coming from. Amanda pinpointed the source immediately and started Osteopathy treatment along with home exercises.
I improved with each visit and after 4 visits my leg is back to normal with no pain. I would certainly recommend other people to see the Osteopath.
William S. (72), Lanchester
I was amazed at how quickly I had relief
I had sudden and unexplained back pain – it was excruciating to move. Fortunately I got an appointment very quickly and drove to it with an ice-pack attached – dreading the drive back after a session with Amanda. I was amazed at how quickly I had relief and flexibility returned – she was able to diagnose the issue, provide exercises to improve my back and furthermore she addressed a knee problem which was not part of my original need.
What amazed me most has been the speed of my recovery – many thanks.
Debra C. (55), Durham
Improvement after 2 weeks
I had pain and stiffness in my back causing discomfort and loss of sleep. After having Osteopathy treatment at NIHP I noticed an improvement after 2 weeks, improving further after each visit (4 in total). Amanda‘s help, advice and treatment have improved my mobility, Stiffness and pain is much improved.
Amanda and the reception staff are very helpful and pleasant to deal with. I will recommend your services to my friends and family.
Terry W. (62), Esh Winning
Professional & Knowledgeable
I can’t express how pleased I am with just 3 treatments. Very professional and knowledgeable treatment with sound advice for my future well-being.
Paul J. (66), Annfield Plain
Recommend for Back Problems
I have been treated with a selection of stretches and manipulations by a person who knows what she is doing. She has also shown me exercises to do at home which has also benefited. I have no hesitation in recommending the clinic to anyone with back problems.
Alan T. (76), Rowlands Gill
Came in with a back injury on Monday afternoon and I was back to work on the Tuesday. Great service and very professional. Amanda gave me exercises to keep on top of my muscle strengthening. Thank you.
Steven P. (40), Durham
Gentle but very thorough
I attended 3 osteopathy sessions by Amanda, with treatment mainly to my right ankle, knee and lower back. I found her attention to be gentle but very thorough and have no hesitation in having the same treatment by Amanda when the need arises. I found her to be very professional in her approach.
David L. (77), Durham
I feel much better
I feel very much better after four sessions with Amanda. She has given me exercises to do and I hope to continue to benefit.
John H. (82), Durham
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