Osteopathic Care and Treatment

What do Osteopaths and Acupuncturists commonly treat?

  • Sciatica
  • Back pain
  • Slipped disc
  • Pregnancy related back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Whiplash
  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Hip Tendinitis or Bursitis
  • Knee Ligament Sprains
  • Knee Meniscus Tears
  • Trapped Nerves
  • Muscle Tension and Strains
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Rib Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Posture and work related problems

NICE Guidelines – The National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommends a course of manual therapy, including osteopathic spinal manipulation, for the early management of persistent non-specific lower back pain.

The osteopath in Ashford, Kent has extensive knowledge about pathology to recognise conditions that should be referred to a qualified medical practitioner for further investigation when osteopathic treatment is not appropriate.

If you are unsure whether osteopathy can help you, please call the osteopath in Ashford, Kent, TN24 for advice.

What does Osteopathic Treatment involve?

Osteopaths use joint articulation, joint manipulation, deep tissue and muscle
stretching, neuromuscular techniques, muscle energy techniques, myofascial release, soft tissue manipulation and massage and visceral techniques for pain relief, increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension, stretch muscles, improve the blood and nerve supply to muscular skeletal structures and to assist the body’s healing process.

The osteopath will advise you on posture, ergonomics, diet, stress and lifestyle
changes to improve your quality of life and to prevent symptoms occurring in
the future. The osteopath will also prescribe you with specific exercises for rehabilitation and injury prevention.

Side-effects of Osteopathic Treatment

Some patient’s will experience irritation of their symptoms and soreness where treatment was carried out, normally for about a day.

This is a normal, healthy response to the treatment.

What is Medical Acupuncture

Medical Acupuncture is a therapeutic treatment, involving the insertion of fine
needles, it is the adaption of Chinese acupuncture using the latest knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology and the principles of evidence based medicine.

It is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, including myofascial trigger point pain.

The treatment itself involves fine needles being inserted through the skin and
briefly left in position. The number of needles varies but may be only two or

Side-effects of Medical Acupuncture

Some patient’s may experience mild pain where the needles puncture the
skin, bleeding or bruising where the needles puncture the skin, drowsiness,
feeling sick, dizzy or faint.

Because of the slight risk of bleeding, people with bleeding disorders such as
haemophilia, or people taking medication to prevent blood clotting (anticoagulants), may not be able to have acupuncture.

For more information please contact the Osteopath in Ashford.

Osteopathic Treatments are covered by Private Health Insurance