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Who we treat

Osteopathy can be effective for all sorts of people with all sorts of ailments but there are some areas we specialise in. Here are some typical examples;

Osteopathy for the Elderly

The elderly can often feel that their physical health is written off as purely down to aging and wear and tear, but this does not mean that there is nothing that can be done to help. The most common conditions such as arthritis, while they cannot be cured, can benefit from osteopathic treatment and some simple exercises. The most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and despite the common name, they affect the body in very different ways.

Because of this, they need very different management and Stefan has extensive experience of working with both these and other forms of arthritis, as well  co existing conditions such as diabetes and joint replacements. The aim of treatment is to reduce pain levels to allow you to continue your day to day activities and give basic exercises, that can be done by anyone, to allow you to self manage the condition.

 

Osteopathy for Office workers

Monitor height, keyboard and mouse position, long phone calls, the use (or not) of wrist supports, chair setup and clutter on desks can all have a negative impact on our posture and long term, this can cause problems for workers. When combined with long working hours, the pressure of deadlines and general work/life imbalance, it’s no wonder many people experience issues related to their desk work.

The most common of these involve headaches, neck tension, and symptoms of pain, tingling or stiffness in the shoulder, elbow or hand. Osteopathic treatment may provide relief for these symptoms but without addressing the cause, it will be difficult to maintain the improvements.

A desk assessment can identify areas that may be causing problems and in most cases, inexpensive solutions can be found. Stefan is undertaking DSE accredited training shortly that will enable him to carry out assessments at your place of work or home office. 

Osteopathy for Horse riders

One of the most common things that I hear said about riders is that they will stop at nothing to ensure the care and wellbeing of their horse, and I often wish they would apply it to themselves too! Riding is something that you do with your whole body so it makes sense that if you are comfortable and relaxed, this will be reflected in your riding style.

The idea that horse and rider have a relationship described as ‘co-being’, where each will change the other over time, does imply that if either is not working at their best, the pair will struggle to reach their maximum potential. If either the horse or rider have areas of discomfort or stiffness, this will affect the enjoyment and flow of the ride for both of them. 

Osteopathy for Runners

There are a number of issues that commonly affect runners, ranging from aching muscles to runner's knee and sprained ankles. Osteopathy can help by identifying the root cause of the problem which can relate to an uneven running style, an ineffective stretching regime or incorrect equipment, and can then use treatment and advice to find a solution. In the case of an injury such as a sprain, we can aid recovery and help prevent a reoccurrence with proprioceptive rehabilitation.

Running is an activity that is suitable for most people, with the added advantage of it being very cheap to start off with. One of the best things about living in the Chew Valley is the abundance of trails and footpaths that are available to runners but they do contain some challenging terrain. I often speak to people who say that their feet feel unstable when running off road which puts them off but this is actually something that can be beneficial. It helps because, rather than only recruiting the power muscles used to run, it engages more of the fine control muscles that have an effect on the support of the foot arches and this will increase the health of the foot.

The principle of osteopathy is that the wellbeing of an individual relies on the way that bones, muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and internal structures work with each other.

The Institute of Osteopathy

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Opening Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8am - 6pm, Thursdays and Fridays from 8am-4pm. Mid-week evenings and Saturday mornings available by appointment only.

Closed on Mondays as Stefan is working at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London. 

 

Avalon Osteopathic Clinic, Unit 2, Westway Farm, Bishop Sutton, Bristol, BS39 5XP