What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a holistic system of healthcare for a wide range of acute and long-standing conditions. It is based on the principle that the good health of your muscles and joints is crucial to your overall well-being.
As an Osteopath I will aim to identify the underlying cause of your problem rather than just treating the symptoms. Expect treatment to include a combination of hands on physical mobilisation, manipulation, soft tissue massage, cranial osteopathy or medical acupuncture individually prescribed to treat your specific diagnosis.
Appropriate self-care advice will be provided to help you maintain your well-being and prevent recurrence of the problem; this may include exercises, dietary advice, postural advice, hydrotherapy and stress-management. Osteopaths are trained in differential diagnosis, so if I consider the cause of your problem is something other than musculoskeletal this will be explained to you and the most appropriate referral route will be discussed.
What do Osteopaths treat?
The following are some common conditions treated by Osteopathy:
- General aches and pains
- Joint pain related to osteoarthritis
- Acute and chronic back pain/ backache
- Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain
- Cervicogenic headaches
- Shoulder pain/ frozen shoulder
- Elbow pain (lateral epicondylitis, medial epicondylitis)
- Circulatory problems
- Digestion problems
- Muscle spasm
- Rheumatic pain
- Minor sports injuries and tensions
- Pregnancy related musculoskeletal pain
Your first appointment with an Osteopath (£50 / 60 mins)
Expect your first appointment to last around 60 minutes. Detailed questions will be asked relating to your current complaint. In addition, you will be asked questions about your past medical history as well as some general medical screening questions as these may be relevant to your current condition.
You will then be asked to undress to your underwear so that a thorough examination can be undertaken – you may like to wear a short pair of gym shorts for your comfort. The examination will include a standing examination of your posture as well as an examination of your spinal movements, other relevant joints and soft tissue examination.
Following the examination you will be advised of the working diagnosis for your presenting complaint and an appropriate course of treatment will be described.
Follow up treatments with an Osteopath (£45 /40mins)
Follow up treatments will last about 40 minutes. These will involve a brief examination followed by hands on treatment as described above. The number of treatments required will depend on the diagnosis and this will be discussed with you.
For general information about what to expect when visiting an osteopath visit the institute of Osteopathy (www.osteopathy.org) or the General Osteopathic Council (www.osteopathy.org.uk).
Osteopathy is a safe and gentle way to treat babies and children using a combination of cranial osteopathy and gentle mobilisations. I have successfully completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Specialist Paediatric Osteopathy (PGCert Paed.Ost). Babies and children are not mini adults and therefore diagnosis and treatment requires a thorough understanding of the specific conditions that relate to them.
Consultations are £50 for 60 minutes and follow up treatments are £45 for 40 mins.