Osteopathic treatment is gentle, safe and non-invasive. Osteopathy works on the muscles, joints and nervous system, treating the body as a whole unit and considers all aspects of the patient's life.
I must therefore treat the whole patient, considering such factors as nutrition and mental habits in addition to physical symptoms. Osteopathy is a primary healthcare system, complementary to other medical practices.
I may advise on posture, lifestyle and stress. Osteopathy and medicine have a great deal in common, using scientific knowledge of anatomy and physiology. They both use clinical methods of investigation. As a qualified osteopath I know enough about pathology to recognise conditions that should be referred to a medically qualified practitioner.
Osteopathy offers an array of techniques that alleviate pain in the joints, nerves and muscle tissues; restore freedom of movement and enhance the body’s own healing power.
It is recognised as a successful treatment by the British Medical Association and gained Primary Healthcare Status in 1993, which allows people to use osteopaths as a first port of call, as they would a GP or dentist.
At the initial consultation a thorough case history is taken, followed by a detailed examination of your posture, muscles, ligaments, and joints. All of your movements will be observed in detail, and this information will be used to provide a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is reached, we will then use a wide range of manual techniques, for example soft tissue massage and manipulations, to help improve function and provide pain relief. If necessary you will be referred to a specialist via your GP for a second opinion.
All patients are different therefore some patients may require one treatment, and others may require a course of treatment. This would involve returning periodically for short, medium and long term management of a condition. We never want you to feel as though you are rushed out of the door, so expect treatments to last for about 45 minutes after your first visit.