Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a way of treating damaged parts of the body, such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. When the body is balanced and efficient it will function with the minimum of wear, stress and energy and therefore reduced pain and disability. 

It is the aim of Andrew Gilmour with Felix Cory-Wright and Katy Stone, as osteopaths is to achieve the best possible balance and efficiency for the body and the spine in particular. Most of their work is carried out using their hands. 

Andrew Felix and Katy employ a wide range of treatment methods according to the age, physique and nature of the problem for each individual. Methods range from soft tissue 'massage' techniques to muscles and ligaments, passive stretching and traction to joints as well as manipulative separation techniques (which patients often feel as a click) to improve joint mobility. Today there are around 4000 osteopaths in the UK performing over 6 million patient consultations per year. There is a growing body of research to support the use of osteopathic manipulation.

About Andrew Gilmour 

Andrew Gilmour has been involved in the evolution of the osteopathic profession for 35 years. He has been elected to the Osteopaths' governing body, the General Osteopathic Council, sat on its education committee and chaired its public relations committee. Andrew had a seat on the board of the British School of Osteopathy and acted as external examiner for the assessment of graduating osteopaths for more than 15 years. This period of Andrew's career has seen the most important changes in the history of osteopathy, the greatest being statutory regulation and medical acceptance of osteopathy.

He has a particular interest in the management and treatment of spinal problems and the help for complex and persistant cases which can be gained by the use of a multidisciplinary approach to their diagnosis and management.

About Felix Cory-Wright

Felix graduated with a Masters Degree from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as with Diplomas in Osteopathy and Naturopathy. Felix's background lies in Physiology (BSc degree from Newcastle University) which has provided him with a firm foundation to combine with his knowledge of anatomy, resulting in an exceptionally rounded approach in his treatments. 

Felix believes it is of vital importance to ascertain the root cause of an ailment, rather than focus on simply treating the symptoms, and does this by addressing the triad of structural, biochemical and psychological obstacles to health. He treats a wide variety of conditions, ranging from back, neck and joint pain, sporting and repetitive strain injuries, tension headaches and trapped nerves to digestive problems such as IBS or breathing problems such as asthma.

About Katy Stone - Katy has been known to us for 8 years and has lived in Suffolk all her life. She is a graduate of The British School of Osteopathy in London with a Masters degree as well as the year prize for her dissertation for her research into shoulder dysfunction. She was inspired to follow in the healthcare footsteps of her Grandfather and Father.  

Katy takes an holistic view of her patients searching for root causes of pain or dysfunction to try and stop persistent problems from reoccurring not just treating the symptoms. She has had experience of working with a wide range of patients including geriatrics, athletes and those with acute and chronic conditions and as such offers and employs a variety of techniques which can include medical acupuncture. The techniques she chooses that are based on the age, physique and nature of the complaint her patients report.

Katy believes that Osteopathy provides a well rounded and thorough and unique approach to many musculoskeletal conditions and enjoys the process of getting people back to doing the things that they love.  

Osteopathy - the history and background

Dr Andrew Taylor-Still was a medical doctor born in 1828 in Virginia USA. He trained as a doctor in a system of medicine that was fairly early in its evolution at the time. He diverted from the paths of many of his peers who were in the habit of administering the crude drugs at their disposal in heroic quantities. He sought a new method of treating illness focusing on influencing the blood supply and nervous control for bodily systems and organs. He developed this as a total system of medicine, which he thought would entirely replace conventional medical treatment. In 1892 he started a school in Kirksville, Missouri for teaching osteopathy and from these beginnings osteopathy came to the UK. The British School of Osteopathy started in London in 1917 and over time other schools and colleges followed.

Over time Dr Taylor-Still's total system of medicine has evolved so that most Osteopaths most commonly treat spinal pain as their primary concern, in addition to other musculoskeletal conditions. In addition to this a proportion of osteopaths do hold on to the traditional roots of Dr Taylor-Still more faithfully and as a result treat a wider range of conditions.

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