What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a long established and well respected area of complementary medicine. Practitioners believe that proper functioning of the body’s structure is central to good health.
There are many techniques from gentle stretching to more manipulative procedures. Each procedure is chosen to maximise the benefit of the client.
It is a way of detecting and treating structural damage and mobility restrictions in the body. This includes assessing and treating faults in joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves anywhere in the body – not just the back.
Here are a few conditions we treat:
- Back pain
- Sports injuries
- Disc problems
- Neck ache
- Jaw problems
- Frozen or “stiff” shoulder
- Tennis elbow
- Hip, thigh, knee and foot problems
- Aches and pains in pregnancy
Osteopathy or Physiotherapy?
This is a common question but one that is relatively easy to answer. Both professions treat all kinds of muscular and joint pains including spinal problems but it is the approach that can vary.
Physiotherapists are very dynamic and have a host of tools to treat many problems. They also have a deep understanding of rehabilitation following an injury or complaint.
Osteopaths similarly treat areas using manual therapy. They are generally more specialised at manipulation, especially of the neck. They will also use gentle but sustained pressures to stretch tissues and relieve pain.
Both approaches are among the most effective in treating back and neck pain, sports injuries as well as degenerative problems. By having both under one roof we can cross refer where needed to achieve a collaborative approach to your well-being and recovery.
What does a consultation involve?
An initial assessment will last for 45 minutes and subsequent treatment sessions will take 30 minutes. You may have to remove outer layers of clothing so that the problem area can be assessed accurately .
Assessment consists of a full verbal history to gain an understanding of your condition, any relevant past medical history and a physical examination.
Initial Assessment – 45 mins – £42.00
Follow up – 30 mins – £37.50