What Is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an established, recognised system of diagnosis and treatment which places emphasis on the treatment of the body as a whole. Osteopaths use their hands to diagnose and treat. A person is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and also using clinical diagnostic skills (such as testing reflexes or blood pressure).
Osteopathy aims to treat the whole person by improving blood flow to increase overall vitality which promotes healing. Osteopathy treats the body naturally without the use of drugs thereby eliminating harmful side effects.
Visiting an Osteopath
You do not need to be referred by a medical practitioner. At your first appointment I will need to take a detailed case history and will ask about your presenting complaint, general health and any past medical history. You will also sign a consent form for having treatment. As your Osteopath I will always explain what I am doing. I will evaluate you by examining you and perhaps performing some simple clinical skills too, this will enable me to give you a diagnosis and to formulate an appropriate treatment plan.
You may have to remove your clothing down to your underwear for the examination but you can always have a blanket or put clothes back on for treatment. It is best to wear something loose fitting or comfortable.
You can always bring a family member or friend with you. Children have to be treated with an adult present.
Cranial Osteopathy is another form of technique. Our hands are placed gently on the body (often on the head or sacrum) and using tiny movements with our fingers we unwind tissues holding trauma or old restrictive patterns that have built up over time.
This approach is very suitable for new-borns, children, throughout pregnancy and the elderly and very poorly.
How does an Osteopath Treat?
Osteopaths use their hands to assess, investigate and to treat the underlying causes of pain in the body. Receiving osteopathy is usually a very relaxing experience and should not be painful, although some people can feel deep work as ‘good pain’.
It is normal to feel achy after treatment as this is part of the body readjusting to its new improved position and it takes our body 24hours for the muscles and ligaments to adapt. It is not advisable to do any strenuous activity after a treatment, to allow the body to fully release.
Gentle rhythmic movement of joints known as articulation which improves the joints mobility.
Osteopathic soft tissue (massage) which is applied to specific areas and structures in the body such as muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Unwinding and rocking and gentle release techniques which can be used on organs, muscles, ligaments and joints.
Manipulation of joints which will be done gently and without pain and only with the patient’s prior consent.
Initial Assessment & Treatment (1-hour) - £55
Follow-up Treatments (30-minutes) - £45