On your first visit to the practice we will discuss your medical health and your current problem. This is followed by an examination which may involve you carrying out some simple movements. You may be asked to remove some clothing for this.
Step-by-step we will explain what we are doing and what we want to achieve in treatment. Your questions during the consultation are welcomed.
We recognise that each patient is different and so the type of treatment you receive will be tailored for you and your individual diagnosis. Treatment aims to restore normal joint stability and function. There are a variety of techniques we may use in treatment.
You may feel sore after treatment and this is a normal and common experience. Your Osteopath will give you advice on how to address this. Our consultations usually last between 30-40 minutes and subsequent sessions around 30 minutes.
We may refer you to your GP for other investigations such as an X-ray or blood test or to recommend an MRI from an appropriate Consultant.
The following are some of the techniques that can be utilised during treatment
Manipulation: Osteopaths are known for manipulation of joints which involves ‘pops’ of joints in the back. It is used to ease restriction of one joint against another, relieving pain, promote neural connections between the symptom site & segments of the spine, allow better movement away from the site of pain, giving increased movement.
Articulation: Rhythmic movement of a joint within its normal range.
Cranio-sacral Techniques: Involves manually applying gentle and subtle movement to the bones of the head and spine. Commonly used on patients requiring a non-invasive treatment approach such as Patients with whiplash as well as Babies and Children!
Visceral Technique: Involves the use of gentle techniques applied directly to the viscera (internal organs) and their ligamentous and fascial attachments. Treatment also seeks to normalise circulation and nerve supply to the organs guiding the body from dysfunction towards better health. It may be useful in cases of respiratory illness, post-op scarring, bowel problems and menstrual related back pain.
Dry-Needling: Reducing myofascial pain using acupuncture needles.
Bespoke Orthotics: If appropriate their use can reduce aches and pressure on joints to the leg and foot.
Functional Fascial Taping: An innovative and unique taping technique that can provide immediate pain relief. Useful for patients wishing to carry on with work or training.
Massage and Stretching