What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a safe and effective form of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of health concerns. The relationship between structure and function is assessed with the aim of helping your body find it’s natural balance by working primarily on the musculoskeletal system (that is the bones, joints and muscles).
A mutually agreed treatment plan is provided which will be unique to you. This usually involves hands on treatment, exercise and lifestyle advice.
Osteopathy is suitable for almost everyone, from babies to the elderly, from elite sports people to desk workers, pregnant women to manual labourers. You will be treated according to your individual needs.
Osteopaths undergo extensive training and know when to refer you on if something needs further investigation.
Is osteopathy just for back pain?
This is one of the questions asked most frequently, and the answer is a resounding NO! Osteopaths can treat the whole body from headaches and jaw pain down to osteoarthritis in the big toe. The important thing to note is we don’t just treat the symptoms, we aim to find the cause and treat that. Thats why you might come in with knee pain and find we are more interested in your hip or ankle, for example.
What we treat:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Hip pain
- Arm and leg pain
- Recurrent headaches
- Sports injuries
- Arthritic pain
- Circulatory issues
- Digestive issues
What happens at my appointment?
Your first appointment will involve a detailed case history to understand your story. You will be asked lots of questions, and some may not seem directly related to the reason you came in, but it is an important part of making an accurate diagnosis.
We will then examine the areas of discomfort which means looking at how your body moves, feeling for areas of stiffness and if necessary we may do special tests such as checking your blood pressure or testing your reflexes.
To carry out a thorough examination it is necessary to see the parts of the body being treated, and this usually requires you to remove some clothing. You may feel more comfortable bringing shorts to wear, but please be assured we will strive to maintain your modesty at all times.
Everything will be explained clearly and you can ask questions at any stage during the process.
We take the time to understand the root of your problem in order to provide the best and most effective treatment.
Osteopathic care usually involves hands on treatment. Each technique will be clearly described and a treatment plan will be agreed using techniques you are comfortable with. As well as hands on treatment you may be given exercises or lifestyle advice to manage or prevent reoccurrence of your symptoms.
The main techniques are listed below:
- Soft tissue techniques include different types of massage and can range from gentle touch to firmer deep tissue massage.
- Articulatory techniques take your joints through a passive range of movement and are used to help improve the range and quality of motion available in the joint.
- Thrust techniques are used to relieve pain and improve movement in an area, these are the techniques that can sometimes cause a clicking noise to come from the joints.
Frequently Asked Questions about Osteopathy Treatment
Is there anything I need to bring?
You don’t need to bring anything but it would be useful to see any scans, X-rays or medical reports if you have them, and to have a list of any medications you are currently taking.
You may wish to bring shorts or loose clothing to wear during your treatment.
How many sessions will I need and how frequently?
This depends on your individual case. As part of your initial consultation you will be given a prognosis and a guide to how many treatments you are likely to need. This will be reassessed at every follow-up to ensure you are progressing as expected. Extended follow up appointments are available and recommended on a case by case basis.
Initial consultation 1 hour £55
Standard follow up 30 minutes £45
Extended follow up 45 minutes £55
Extended follow up 1 hour £65