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Osteopathy embraces a holistic approach, incorporating body, mind and spirit. It strives to move towards optimal patient health. Osteopaths work by incorporating a structure and function approach. This is achieved by the body working together as a whole. (General Osteopathic Council, 2015).

Osteopaths use a variety of techniques such as manipulation, stretching and massage. This is to increase blood and nerve supply to the tissues, increase joint range of motion, relieve muscle tension, plus boost the body’s self-healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring. (GOsC, 2015)

Osteopathy is becoming more widely recognised by the medical profession. The NICE guidelines (NICE, 2009) state that it is a beneficial treatment for low back pain. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the British Medical Association (BMA) also acknowledge it is an effective treatment of choice. (BMA, 2000; WHO, 2010;)

Gemma is registered with the General Osteopathic Council - Registration Number: 9300

Western Medical Acupuncture

Western medical acupuncture is a derivative of Chinese acupuncture involving the insertion of fine needles. Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. It increases the body's release of natural painkillers - endorphin and serotonin - in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received. (British Medical Acupuncture Society, 2010).

Gemma incorporates Western Medical Acupuncture within Osteopathic Treatments, especially for myofascial trigger point pain and headaches. Your consent will always be gained before using acupuncture. It is not a problem if you don’t want it as part of your treatment plan.

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