What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a modern day treatment for acute/chronic injuries or painful conditions. Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners, this means they have the knowledge to both diagnose and treat musculo-skeletal problems.
Every osteopath must complete at least 4 years training obtaining a degree in osteopathy. Over 1000 hours working in a public clinic must also be achieved prior to graduating. Our training is similar to that of a medical degree but places more emphasis on the anatomy and physical conditions attributed to the muscles and joints. Every osteopath must legally be fully insured and registered with the General Osteopathic Council who regulate the profession.
Every treatment is specific to each individual patient. The initial treatment will involve a thorough assessment including a past medical history to ascertain any contributing factors
We will then perform an active examination, to see how your body moves and what restrictions or imbalances there may be to specific muscle groups.
Other tests may be conducted to check that the internal systems are not contributing to the discomfort e.g. blood pressure, reflexes, abdominal palpation and respiratory examinations.
If at any point you feel uncomfortable or wish to avoid a certain part then please make your therapist aware.
A diagnosis can then be formulated and an appropriate treatment given. The treatments are varied and range from gentle passive movement of joints, lymphatic drainage, deep soft tissue massage and occasional joint manipulation.
On rare instances it may be necessary for you to be referred back to your GP, for further investigations, to better understand your diagnosis. This will only be done if and when you have given your consent.
Will it hurt?
Osteopathic techniques are not painful on healthy tissues. Sometimes due to the physical state of our bodies a slight amount of discomfort is experienced. It is important to let the osteopath know if you are in any pain.
How many treatments will I need?
Every patient is different, some patients are pain free after one treatment, and others improve over time. You will not be asked to sign up for ‘X’ amount of treatments.
Can I bring someone with me?
Of course, there is plenty of space in the treatment room to bring a chaperone if you wish.
Who can benefit?
Osteopathy is suitable for everyone; tall or small, old or young, businessmen and workmen, a housewife, the retired life, new-borns and all forms!
What should I wear?
Patients will normally be required to dress down to their underwear, so it is important to wear something you feel comfortable in. You can bring a pair of shorts to wear if this would make you feel more at ease.
How should I pay?
The clinic accepts cash & card payments