What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a gentle, non-invasive diagnosis and treatment approach
to the muscular-skeletal system. Osteopaths work with their hands
directly on the patient`s body, using a variety of non-invasive treatment
techniques.It is complementary to and supportive of traditional medicine.
Osteopathy is a safe and natural treatment, which is tailored to
patients' individual needs.
An American doctor, Dr Andrew Taylor Still developed osteopathy
in the 1850`s. Today many different techniques and treatment approaches
within osteopathy have evolved. Treatments are designed to heal the
specific complaint as well as to improve general wellbeing .
Avraham Gundle uses an eclectic approach that incorporates many
different techniques including soft tissue massage, cranial-sacral
therapy and gentle manipulation where appropriate.
Osteopathy is the first complementary health care profession that
has been accorded statutory regulation in England by the Osteopathy
Act of 1993. Avraham is a fully qualified osteopath and is registered
both with the General Osteopathic Council in England and the Israeli
How does osteopathy work?
Osteopathy is concerned with the inter-relationship between the
structure of the body (muscular-skeletal system) and the way the
whole body functions. Many factors may affect the functioning of
the muscular-skeletal system. These could include disorders at birth,
developmental issues, injury, disease and misuse of the body. Osteopathy
addresses these holistically.
Where possible, Avraham works to treat the cause of the problem
and not just the symptom. Treatment is based on stimulating the body's
own innate healing potential.
Cranial osteopathy works with the gentle tide-like rhythms that
exist in the body which produce movements that can be felt in the
tissues. Correcting imbalances within these rhythms helps to restore
health and vitality.
What conditions does osteopathy benefit?
Osteopathy benefits a broad range of conditions including headaches
and migraines, back and neck pain, joint strain, pregnancy related
pain, arthritis and osteoporosis, and sporting injuries. Osteopathy
benefits people of all ages - from infants through to the elderly.
Frequently asked questions
What should I wear for the treatment?
Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Women are treated
fully clothed and can bring along their own snood, sweat pants and
a loose shirt to change into. Shorts are provided for men.
How does the treatment feel?
Generally speaking treatment is pain free. Massage on tight or injured
muscle may be uncomfortable but treatment is geared well within the
patient's comfort level. Before any manipulation is done, it is fully
explained. The patient can then decide whether or not to go ahead.
Treatment leads to pain relief. However, in some cases there may
be a temporary exacerbation of symptoms prior to the complete recovery.
How often are follow-up visits?
The duration of a treatment program is usually once a week for 4
- 6 weeks. Acute situations may require treatment more frequently.
The first treatment lasts one hour. Follow-up visits are 45 minutes.
For more chronic conditions, treatments
may continue over a longer period of time.
Each patient receives a tailor-made exercise and stretching
program to assist in their healing. The aim of the treatments is
to help you recover as quickly as possible and avoid prolonged
What training do osteopaths undergo?
In the UK, osteopathy is a 4 year full-time BSc honors degree. Osteopaths
study all the medical sciences including biochemistry, pharmacology,
dissection of cadavers, obstetrics and gynaecology . Two years mandatory
clinical experience ensures a high quality professional training
and exposure to a wide variety of clinical situations.
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