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Osteopathy is not just a musculoskeletal therapy
It is an approach to healthcare which aims to restore the person to maximal health by improving the functioning of ALL the structures of the body
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Osteopathy begins at Birth
Birthing can be a difficult process for both mum and baby. Shock and strains can lead to restless irritable babies, or nerve irritation can lead to digestive issues such as reflux, colic, winding issues, constipation and more
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Studies have shown that up to 80% of women experience low back, rib or pelvic pain during pregnancy
Osteopathy can help relieve the stresses and strains placed on your body during pregnancy, prepare your body for labour, and help recovery after birth
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Children and teenagers nowadays are under increasing pressures – social, personal, school, sports and social media
As well as the aches and pains of growth spurts and injuries osteopaths are seeing increasing numbers of children who are stressed, complaining of issues such as tummy upsets or headaches or lacking in energy or having behavioural issues
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Recurring or long-term sports injuries are not just about the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the area of pain
Sudden shocks to the body as happens in impacts or severe injury can lead to long-term overstimulation of the nervous system and adrenal glands creating increased tension in the whole body
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Research has shown that 80% of people experience back and or joint pain at some time in their life
Osteopaths consider and examine the whole body for the causes of pain. It is common for osteopaths to find several apparently unrelated areas of strain in the body, the combined effect of all these reduces the body’s ability to cope
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As we accumulate strains and injuries over the years, we tend to put up with them as part of the ageing process. A more positive approach would be to consider these problems as the body telling us it needs some help
Osteopathic treatment is aimed at improving mobility, relaxing tension in the body, improving circulation and restoring the body to the best health possible
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There are children with a wide variety of special needs where improvement in neurological, circulatory, immune and physical function can be helpful to them
Cerebral palsy, ASD, ADD, Dyspraxias, Learning Disorders, Speech & Language Issues, Down's Syndrome and Developmental Delays. Read on to see how Osteopathy can help

About Sean

Sean has been qualified for 20yrs now and brings a lot of experience in getting to the root of problems.

A former army officer, avid rugby player and GAA player before that, he has been through the wars himself. He has learned much through his own therapeutic process, but brings 20yrs of experience watching and learning how to unlock the stresses and strains causing pain help body’s healing mechanisms on many levels.
He believes it is a privilege to do the work of osteopathy and is constantly amazed at how the body/person can recover once you have the right key to unlock the right door in the body.
He has spent much of his 20yrs learning what keys to use where and enjoys nothing more than unravelling the unique puzzle that every body/person presents to him.

What to expect from an Osteopathic Consultation?

What to wear

As with any healthcare appointment, it may be necessary for your osteopath to ask you to remove some clothing. This is so they can see and touch the areas of the body causing you concern. Your osteopath will want you to feel at ease, it is suggested that you wear clothing, such as shorts and a t-shirt, or lycra sportswear or close-fitting garments, that will enable them to work effectively.

On Your First Visit

On your first visit, a full medical history will be taken. All information will be treated as confidential in accordance with standards of practice set out by the Osteopathic Council of Ireland and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). If you wish, you may request a copy of your notes.

Your osteopath will need to examine the area(s) of your body causing discomfort. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area than that which is in pain, so they will need to examine your whole body. They will need to feel for any tightness in the muscles and stiffness in the joints and may need to touch these areas to identify problems. The osteopath will use their highly developed sense of touch called palpation to assess areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction or strain within your body. They will explain what they are doing as they go along.

If you are uncomfortable with any part of this, you have the right to ask them to stop at any stage, without prejudicing your future treatment. The osteopath will make a diagnosis and discuss it with you and if osteopathic treatment is suitable it will be offered to you. Osteopaths usually start any treatment by releasing and relaxing muscles, using gentle techniques, rhythmic joint movements and muscle release techniques. The osteopath may occasionally carry out manipulation using short, quick movements to spinal joints. Other techniques may also be used depending on your problem. Treatments usually last up to 45 minutes. Many patients decide that they would like to have periodic preventative treatments to avoid recurring

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