What conditions do Osteopaths treat and where can Osteopathy help?

Below is a list of some of the most common conditions which Osteopaths can help through treatment:
Arthritic pain    
 Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
 Muscle spasms    
 Inability to relax
 Aches and Pains    
 Digestion problems
 Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
 Minor sports injuries
 Osteoarthritis of the hip/knee
 Acute/chronic neck pain
 Rheumatic pain
 Joint pains
Acute low back pain
 Neck related headaches (cervicogenic)
Migraine prevention
 Circulatory problems
 Shoulder girdle pain
Knee pain
 Chronic low back pain


On the first visit Michaela will want to know how the symptoms of the condition began and the factors which affect them. A  

complete medical history will be taken, where previous illnesses and injuries and also current treatments will be noted.

This is followed by an osteopathic examination which looks at the patient’s posture, mobility and muscle tone.


From the outset of Michaela's training to qualify as an Osteopath, she has developed a highly-tuned sense of touch

in her fingers. Through this ability to palpate she can conduct a detailed examination by touch. She can feel the range

and quality of movement of the joints and note whether the movement is restricted or excessive. She also examines the

condition of the soft tissues to see whether they are normal or under stress. This enables her to build up a structural

‘survey’ of the patient to find any deviation from the structural and mechanical harmony which is the optimum for that



In addition to this osteopathic assessment she is also qualified to carry out a conventional examination, such as an

orthopaedic, neurological or circulatory examination, and she may request X Rays, blood tests or urine analyses if such

an investigation is indicated. Having arrived at a diagnosis, and deciding that osteopathic treatment is appropriate, the

osteopath then formulates a treatment plan and carries out the first treatment.