Osteopathic treatment

The treatment of each patient is individually tailored to their particular needs and will depend on their complaint, condition, what is safe and what the patient feels comfortable with.

I have a particular interest in peoples postural and movement habits and how they contribute to their problems and I have actively developed my practice in this area. As far as I am aware I am the first person in the UK to hold a BSc (Hons) Ost. and be a Certified Structural Integrator.

Osteopathic treatment: What to expect

First Visit

Appointments generally last approximately 45 minutes. This will involve taking a detailed case history, which will include any previous medical history such as any serious illnesses, accidents, broken bones, or operations which you have had since birth up to the present day. Any of these may have a bearing on your current problem. It also affords the time to explain to you what I believe is wrong, and to help to make you aware of the prognosis and help you feel in control of your recovery.

This will be followed by an examination which may well involve parts of the body a long way away from the presenting symptoms for example a leg length difference may contribute to headaches or neck pain. It is important that your modesty and dignity are respected so please bring clothing you are comfortable to be examined in and let me know if you feel uncomfortable with any part of the process. You are welcome to bring a friend or partner to accompany you. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

A treatment plan will be made if osteopathic treatment is indicated which will also incorporate advice on movement, posture and exercise in order to speed up rehabilitation. If it is felt that Osteopathy is either inappropriate or should not be the only form of treatment alternatives will be discussed with you.

Subsequent visits

These also last around 45 minutes. They start by discussing how your symptoms have improved/ changed, you will then be re-examined, the treatment plan will be re-assessed in the light of these finding and treatment (as appropriate) given. It is common during the course of the process to discover additional factors contributing to the presenting problem which can then be addressed.

If the progression of your symptoms is not as expected your management plan will be reconsidered and amended.

Osteopathy is acknowledged as a safe, effective treatment for a variety of ailments including:

I regularly employ the following techniques in treating patients:
Soft tissue massage,joint articulation, fascial release, joint manipulation, muscle energy (PNF), functional technique, specific advice, exercises.
The treatment of each patient is individually tailored to their particular needs and will depend on their complaint, condition, what is safe and what the patient feels comfortable with.

Osteopathy is acknowledged as a safe, effective treatment for a variety of ailments including:

  • Arthritic pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Inability to relax
  • Certain types of back, neck, shoulder and elbow pain
  • Joint pains
  • Cramp
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Minor sports injuries and tensions
  • Generalised aches and pains
  • Certain forms of headache
  • Circulatory problems
  • Migraine prevention
  • Neuralgia
  • Lumbago
  • Posture & alignment Sciatica

 

History of Osteopathy

Osteopathy originated in the mid-west of America on the mid/late 1800’s, the brainchild of Andrew Taylor Still who was looking for an effective alternative to the existing medicinal treatments of the time.

His premise was that the body was able to cure itself of disease if it was working properly and that ensuring an adequate blood supply was fundamental to this. He became successful and started a college in Missouri training osteopaths. Osteopathy became a relatively mainstream form of primary care in America during the second world war when a large number of the medically trained general practitioners left to treat the military, leaving the care of the domestic population to DO’s Doctors of Osteopathy.

As medical treatments for diseases improved Osteopaths focused increasingly on the mechanics of the musculoskeletal system. Today Osteopaths treat symptoms with a mechanical origin, incorporating relevant information from the latest research. In particular it has become obvious that the symptoms a patient comes with do not exist in isolation but are affected by social, mental and spiritual factors. Whilst an Osteopath is unlikely to be able to affect these elements, acknowledging them can help the patient get the most out of their treatment.

John Martin Littlejohn, a student of Still set up the British School of Osteopathy (now University College of Osteopathy) in 1917 in London, it remains the largest training facility for Osteopaths in Britain. I studied there for my Bachelor of science in Osteopathy, attending a full time course between 1993 and 1997.

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