Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of medical conditions.
It works with the structure and function of the body and is based on the principle that the health of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
Osteopaths aim to restore a state of balance in the body where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.
We use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase mobility of joints, reduce muscle tension, enhance blood supply to the tissues and to help your body’s own healing mechanism.
We also give advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms from recurring.
Your first visit will include a detailed case history, including questions about your medical history and general health to ensure your symptoms are appropriate for osteopathic treatment.
This will be followed by a comprehensive examination. You will normally be asked to remove some of your outer clothing and perform some simple movements.
We will identify any points of weakness or strain using a highly developed sense of touch called palpation.
From this a diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan can be formulated and explained fully.
Osteopathy is not always appropriate. However we are trained to recognise when it is necessary to refer patients back to their GP for further investigations, with your permission.
To perform an examination you will normally be asked to remove some of your outer clothing so that we can observe the affected area, checking for swelling, skin changes or bruising etc.
If you are uncomfortable with this you can wear loose clothing or shorts or crop tops.
Please feel free to bring a friend or family member into the treatment room with you if this helps to make you feel more comfortable.
An initial consultation and treatment lasts approximately 45 minutes.
Follow up appointments will last approximately 30 minutes, however some conditions may take either a little longer or little shorter time to treat.
On average, acute conditions usually require between 2 and 5 treatments. However there are come conditions such as osteoarthritic changes in a joint which may require ongoing – maintenance treatment.
These treatments are generally more spaced out and aimed at improving mobility and function through the joints.
Rest assured, we always have your best interests at heart and will not treat unnecessarily. If progress is falling short of expectation an appropriate onward referral will be made.
Appointments last approximately 30 minutes
Payable by Cash or Cheque
Every effort will be made to accommodate emergency appointments outside normal practice hours. Please contact the practice to discuss this further.
– are offered for those patients who are unable to access the building or manage stairs but are subject to availability of space in the diary to allow travel time to and from your home.
Fees can be reclaimed from most Health Insurance Companies. At present however, we do not treat BUPA patients as we cannot agree to the 40% reduction in fee they insist upon to be part of their network.
Payment is made at the time of consultation and if you wish to reclaim the cost via your insurance company we will issue you with an appropriate receipt.