What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is the science of human mechanics. It involves the careful and specific application of a highly developed sense of touch in both diagnosis and treatment of structural and mechanical problems affecting any part of the body. This, combined with a detailed understanding of human anatomy and physiology and pathological processes together with a thorough examination, allows the osteopath to assess and, where applicable, treat patients to promote the body's self-healing mechanisms and offer specific advice for self-management.
What do Osteopaths do?
Osteopaths use their hands both to investigate the underlying causes of pain and to carry out treatment using a variety of manipulative techniques. These include stretching of the muscles and soft tissues, rhythmic joint movements and precise and rapid manipulations to improve the range of movement in a joint. Gentle releasing techniques are also often used, typically when treating babies and children.
Why see an Osteopath?
The following conditions may all benefit from a variety of osteopathic treatment:
- Back pain
- Neck ache
- Arthritic pain
- Hip, knee and leg problems
- Shoulder, arm and hand problems
- Circulatory problems
- Digestion problems
Kiran (Harkiran) graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 1993. His undergraduate training included structural techniques (muscles, joints and bones), visceral techniques (organs and their attachments within the body), functional techniques (applied to the connective tissues of the body) and cranio-sacral techniques (the nervous system structures). This rounded methodology, combined with the philosophy of a holistic approach to health care (not looking at things in isolation), led to the formulation of several research projects in the development of an integrated biomechanical approach to treatment, rather than a collection of isolated techniques. In combination with self-help advice on basic nutritional and lifestyle changes such as stretching and exercise, Kiran aims to provide a patient centered holistic approach to your health.
Kiran has also taught osteopathy at both post and undergraduate level in Italy for 13 years. During this time he held the post of the Dean of the University (Istituto Superiore di Osteopatia) in Milan. As part of his continued professional development, he continues to teach and examine at the International College of Osteopathic Medicine in Milan, which is the only European College that is associated with a public hospital, allowing students and staff a unique opportunity for collaboration.