How do Osteopaths treat?

Osteopaths work in order to optimise your body’s structure and therefore optimising its function. This is done  by using their highly developed palpation skills and diagnostic skills to diagnose the individuals problems. Once a diagnosis has been reached, the osteopath will explain the diagnoses and educate you.  Treatment then commences using a wide variety of manual non invasive techniques, these can include but are not limited to:

  • Mobilising the joints improving joint circulation, nerve supply and lymphatic drainage
  • Deep soft tissue massage
  • Muscle stretching
  • Manipulation or joint release of restricted joints
  • Hydrotherapy advice
  • Exercise prescription
  • Postural analysis and advice

What do osteopaths treat:

Osteopathy focuses on the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders without the use of drugs or surgery. This form of therapy can help with most aches or pains. Here is a list of some of the problems that osteopathy can help with:

  • Sciatica
  • Low back pain, acute, chronic or general
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches arising from neck pain
  • Shoulder and elbow pain
  • Hand, wrist and finger pain
  • Hip, knee and foot pain
  • Minor sports injuries and tensions
  • Generalised aches and pains,
  • Arthritic pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Circulatory problems
  • Cramp
  • Muscles spasms
  • Neuralgia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatic pain

Commonly it is unknown that Osteopaths also treat when there is no pain. Most injuries occur over time. If our structure is weak and we our not functioning optimally, our body will adopt ways to ‘keep going’, this therefore will lead to tension and restrictions but no pain is experienced. Therefore you may feel tight, stiff or even a slight niggle, this is the best time to consult the Osteopath. Healing time when this is done is generally much quicker, as the tissues are more responsive to treatment, However when we have damaged our tissues to a greater degree, we experience pain, reduction in movement and sometimes to a degree where it is agony and unbearable. This takes much longer to respond, but nevertheless does reduce with treatment in the clinic and ongoing self application of treatment such as hydrotherapy advice given by your qualified Osteopath.

If you are unsure whether Osteopathy can help you, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or telephone, we will be happy to discuss over the telephone your symptoms and needs and whether osteopathy would be a good option for you

How do I choose my Osteopath?

Your practitioner must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council. The council has a very strict code of ethics for its members to adhere to and only allow professionally trained practitioners on their register.

What is the difference between an Osteopath, Physiotherapist and a Chiropractor?

The philosophy of osteopathy is the major difference from other therapies. The key principles are based on all parts of the human body function together. If one area is not functioning optimally then other areas must adapt and compensate for this. This results in pain, stiffness, swelling and restricted mobility. Osteopaths work to minimise pain, reduce stress to joints and muscles, increase mobility providing the body with the opportunity to heal itself. This is achieved by recognising that each patient has different needs, examining not only the ‘problem area’ but also examining other issues which may have been predisposing or maintaining factors such as life style, work and nutrition.

Can I claim on my private medical insurance for Osteopathic treatment?

Osteopaths here are registered with BUPA, Simply Health, HSA, AXA PPP and Norwich health care providers. If you are uncertain, if Osteopathy can be covered by your insurer, most insurance companies are happy to provide cover, if you have your Osteopaths details. Please contact us via email or telephone and the Osteopath will discuss these with you.

What can I expect of my first visit?

The first visit is between 45 minutes to an hour long. On your visit, the osteopath will take a thorough case history, this involves taking details of the current symptoms, your past medical history including events such as fractures, falls and any accidents in your life time. It also involves a few questions on the different systems of your body. These all help to create a picture of you for your osteopath.

After the case history, the examination will take place, this may involve removing some of your outer clothing, you may wish to bring some shorts and/or a chaperone. During the examination, you will normally be asked to perform some simple movements; some orthopaedic tests will be conducted to come to a diagnosis. This will be then explained to you and any questions you may have answered. The prognosis of your particular problem will also be discussed. You will receive treatment during your first consultation this may involve soft tissue massage, mobilisations and/or manipulation. Some advice may also be given for you to take home with you, for example hydrotherapy. This helps to continue treatment in the home and also helps to increase your mobility, decrease pain and swelling between sessions.

If you have any further questions you wish to ask, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or by telephone, the osteopath will answer any queries you may have.

How many treatments will I need?

This is different each patient and depends on their particular condition, how fast they respond to treatment, their predisposing and maintaining factors. Their compliance with advice given.  Generally most patients are better after 3-4 treatments. More chronic (long lasting) problems may take longer to resolve.

What if I am not getting better?

Your condition will be reviewed at every session. If you are not getting any better even after being very compliant to all the advice given, then your osteopath will review your condition and discuss with you any further options available to you, these can include referring you to your GP for their professional opinion, or referring to a consultant, it may also include obtaining a scan for example a MRI, CT or x-rays.

How much does it cost?

If you would like to enquire about our prices please don not hesitate to contact me directly on 07958124296.

We do also supply ice packs, heat packs, Thera bands and bio freeze.