Osteopathy works on the principle that the body functions most effectively when all parts are working in a complimentary and balanced way. Treatment involves the gentle manipulation of the patient’s musculoskeletal system removing pressure on nerves and improving blood flow and lymphatic drainage to areas of the body. Osteopathic care can help to both alleviate symptoms from everyday pains and injury to chronic and acute health conditions. Osteopathy can also be used to detect or prevent health problems.
All of the osteopaths in the practice have mandatory registration with the General Osteopathic Council.
Osteopathy is suitable for the whole family; each treatment is patient centred and will be tailored to an individual’s specific needs. Osteopathy can help to alleviate many problems without the need for medication or surgery. We work closely with other relevant healthcare specialists if needed for your treatment plan (with your permission).
You can self- refer to our practice. You do not need to wait for a GP or specialist referral. Osteopathic treatments are paid for by the patient or may be funded through most private healthcare schemes. Please check with your health insurer to see if you are eligible
Your first appointment will be used to discuss your health problems, taking a history and giving you an examination. All information that you give us is confidential.
Osteopathy is concerned with body mechanics. In order to assess these, depending on your symptoms, you will usually be asked at the first visit to undress to your underclothes. This will allow the osteopath to give a proper postural assessment. It is also difficult for the osteopath to feel musculo-skeletal movements through clothing. Both male and female osteopaths work in the practice and you may express a preference for either.
You will be asked to move and stretch during the treatment so that the osteopath can observe your level of mobility. The osteopath assesses the normality of body tissues by palpation which is a refined sense of touch.
All the osteopaths in the practice use cranial, functional or balanced ligamentous techniques which are all at the gentle end of the osteopathic manipulative techniques spectrum. Treatment is usually a pleasant experience, being rhythmic and soothing, and patients often feel drowsy afterwards. Very occasionally, a joint may require a short sharp movement accompanied by a clicking sensation, but your osteopath will advise you beforehand if this is required.
Following the initial treatment, your osteopath will advise you of an expected treatment plan and how many treatments you may need, although this may be only possible based on your body response after the first treatment. It is important to remember that our bodies take time to heal and that osteopathy is not a ‘quick fix’. You may be advised to make lifestyle changes to help the osteopathic treatment to be most effective or to see improvements in your own general health.
Some patients feel sore for a day or two following an osteopathic treatment, but most patients feel able to continue with their daily activities.