Osteopathy is a manual therapy and one of the oldest approaches to medicine, based on the principle that the health and wellbeing of an individual depends on all components of the body functioning smoothly together, and that they are all intricately linked.
The Osteopathic Approach
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: identify the tissues that are the source of your pain using our expertise in anatomy, movement analysis and refined palpatory skills (sense of touch)…
Work on those local tissues to remove obstructions and relieve congestion in order to reduce inflammation, manage pain and encourage repair.
SECONDARY GOAL: consider the neighbours!
Looking at the joints and areas around the problem area to find and remove factors in their movement, alignment and health that are maintaining or contributing to the primary cause of pain or dysfunction.
THIRDLY: consider the environment
We scrutinise and advise on diet, movement and lifestyle strategies that will speed up repair and resolution of the problem and leave you with the tools to keep improving at your disposal.
This is a generalised example to give you an idea of the osteopathic approach to health – it is not a temporary plaster over the symptoms, it is a resolution and a correction of underlying causes wherever possible.
This is applicable to sports injuries, headaches, backache, pain, stiffness, pins and needles, adaptation to pregnancy to name a few.
Each case is different and therefore managed appropriately for the individual.
“The body exhibits a constant drive towards health”
The First visit
The first visit will include a consultation, covering current and past medical history. We will usually talk about relevant body systems and aspects of your lifestyle aswell. This is to ensure a clear understanding of your general health and the context of your presenting problem; as well as ruling out any red flag referral possibilities.
To make a meaningful diagnosis it is then essential to look at posture and some gentle movements. You will be asked to undress down to your underwear, so please wear something you feel comfortable in, and always feel free to bring a chaperone.
Treatment will always be tailored to the individual. Involving one or a combination of cranial and visceral techniques, functional movements and some gentle bodywork. This is a series of subtle, oscillatory movements in which your legs and arms will be gently picked up and moved around to encourage total relaxation and enable effective release of the tensions in the spinal system to follow. The techniques will be explained to you fully to ensure that nothing is done without your consent.
The first session: will last about an hour, allowing time for a case history and to start the treatment if appropriate.
Follow up sessions: (if necessary) will last 30-40 minutes.
“When every part of the machine is correctly adjusted and in perfect harmony, health will hold dominion over the human organism by laws as natural and immutable as the laws of gravity”
The average course of treatments for an acute condition is between four and eight sessions. However, this is totally case dependant. Some chronic conditions may require a longer period of regular treatments to bring you to a stable and comfortable state.
If it is felt that a patient is not responding to treatment as expected then every effort will be made to find a suitable alternative approach or referral.
Please feel free to call me to discuss your situation if you’d like an idea of the number of treatments you may require.
UK Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners, recognised by the orthodox medical profession and recommended by the NICE guidelines for low back pain. They undertake a rigorous university training lasting four years, including two years of clinical training.
All practicing osteopaths in the UK must be registered with and therefore regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), which sets and ensures high standards of clinical competency, conduct and safety.