Osteopathic Treatment in Stockport and Manchester

Osteopathy is a non-invasive manual therapy that adopts a “whole-person” perspective. Osteopaths aim to optimise mobility in the joints, relax tight muscles, facilitate good posture and help the body heal itself. Osteopaths are commonly known for treating back pain and postural problems including changes due to pregnancy, caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.
Physiotherapy in Stockport

Call Gatley on 0161 491 1999 or the Heatons on 0161 432 3232

Osteopath in Heaton Moor, Stockport and Gatley, Cheadle.

Our resident osteopath, Liz Halsey, is both an osteopath and an acupuncturist.   Liz can offer treatment sessions consisting solely of osteopathy or acupuncture, or a mixture of the two.

Osteopathy and acupuncture can offer relief from many musculoskeletal problems, in particular back and neck pain. Acupuncture can also help manage a range of other conditions, including menopausal hot sweats, arthritis pain, migraines and headaches, and can alleviate some side effects of cancer treatments, such as hot sweats and peripheral neuropathy.

Are there any contraindications to having osteopathic treatment?

Osteopathic treatment is not appropriate if you are suffering from serious medical condition such as active rheumatoid arthritis, cauda equina syndrome, untreated fractures/dislocation or untreated cancer.

What does an osteopath treat?

Osteopaths are commonly known for treating back pain and postural problems including changes due to pregnancy, caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.

What are the benefits of osteopathy?

  • Improved body function, flexibility, and mobility.
  • A reduction in muscle tension.
  • Many find the treatment relaxing.

What happens at an osteopath appointment?

Your osteopath will take a case history, make a diagnosis, discuss treatment with you and proceed with treatment if appropriate. Treatment consists of manual therapy – a range of gentle hands-on techniques that focus on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising joints.

What techniques do osteopaths use?

Osteopaths use their hands to treat your body in a variety of ways. Techniques are chosen based on the individual patient’s symptoms and treatment preferences.

These include:

  • massage – to release and relax muscles
  • stretching stiff joints
  • articulation – where your joints are moved through their natural range of motion
  • high-velocity thrusts – short, sharp movements to the spine, which normally produce a clicking noise similar to cracking your knuckles

These techniques aim to reduce pain, improve movement and encourage blood flow.

You will be given advice on self-help and exercise to aid your recovery and prevent symptoms returning or getting worse.

Is osteopathic treatment painful?

Osteopathy isn’t usually painful, although it’s not unusual to feel sore or stiff in the first few days after treatment, particularly if you’re having treatment for a painful or inflamed injury.

Your osteopath will explain whether you’re likely to have any reactions. If you feel any pain during or after treatment, tell your osteopath.

What is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?

Chiropractic treatment tends to focus on adjustments to the vertebrae of the spine and how this influences body function. Osteopaths treat the body as a whole, looking at how different parts of the body influence each other, and working both on the spine and the limbs,

What is the difference between osteopathy and physiotherapy?

Overall osteopaths treat fewer peripheral joints (the shoulder, wrist/hand, knee and ankle/foot). Additionally, they treat less muscle and tendon related injuries than a physiotherapist.

Are osteopaths regulated?

Osteopathy is a regulated health profession that is distinct from nursing, medicine and pharmacy. Regulation works in much the same way as regulation for medical doctors.

By law, osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).

The GOsC only accepts registration from practitioners who have a qualification in osteopathy that’s recognised by the GOsC and who comply with their standards of practice.

Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year. As part of this process, the GOsC checks they have the correct insurance, are meeting professional development requirements and remain in good health.

Reference https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/osteopathy/what-happens

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We are usually able to offer an appointment time within 24 working hours of your call. 

Please either call the clinic or leave your details in the online enquiry form and we’ll call you back to confirm the arrangements.

Gatley: 0161 491 1999
Heaton Moor: 0161 432 3232

Why Choose Gatley & Heatons Physio?

We provide expert osteopathy treatments from our clinics in Heaton Moor, Gatley and Didsbury and we regularly help patients from across Stockport and Manchester reduce their pain and return to normal activities.

We frequently work with clients in Cheadle, Bramhall, Poynton, Wilmslow, Northenden, Altrincham, Sale, West Didsbury, Withington, Burnage, Heaton Moor, Heaton Chapel, Heaton Norris, Heaton Mersey and Reddish, and we are regularly able to provide home visits for those who are not able to attend one of our clinics.

We have been established in these areas for many years and have a fantastic relationship with most of the Doctors in these areas. If needed, we will liaise with your Doctor about your condition, for example if medication is needed or a referral to another speciality.

We have an excellent reputation of providing high standards of clinical physiotherapy and a professional service through a trusted, personal and friendly approach.

We offer flexible appointment times to all patients including extended working hours and home visits.