Explaining osteopathic treatment, it should be clarified first of all that it is advisable to come for an initial consultation with all the previous research data you have available. That may include X-rays, ultrasound data, computer and magnetic resonance imaging, general biochemical blood and urine tests.
The osteopath will be able to deliver a comprehensive clinical (classic neurological) and osteopathic diagnosis, determine the leading lesion by combining information from these sources with data from osteopathic manual tests, inspection data and palpation. Of course, osteopathic diagnosis is self-sufficient and does not require mandatory instrumental confirmation. However, the presence of an additional source of data that objectively coincides with the data obtained by the hands has a positive effect on the confidence of the osteopath and his patient in an accurate diagnosis. Besides, the presence of changes in the blood, ultrasound data or radiographs is very useful. It allows making those a starting point for subsequent monitoring of the osteopathic treatment course.
The osteopath must perform an examination before osteopathic treatment
Please consider that you will have to take off outer clothing during the first session. So, we recommend wearing comfortable underwear or open swimsuit. It'll let the osteopath perform an examination, analysis of body symmetry and changes in shapes, contours, colours. Besides, it'll help perform specific manual tests with muscle and fascia tension. The need to examine the whole body, even if you have only local complaints, such as pain in the head or neck, is related to the fact that the leading osteopathic damage (root, primary, causative dysfunction) can be located at a considerable distance from your discomfort point. So, a distortion in the pelvic region will affect the position of the skull and cervical vertebrae. Similarly, the scar remaining after the appendix removal may contribute to the displacement of the hip joint and, as a result, pain in the right knee.
The consultation takes place in a comfortable environment. The service aims to identify the patient's problems, make a diagnosis and, if possible, relieve stress or existing limitations. Initial osteopathic treatment is to reduce tension and restrictions, thereby restoring balance and reducing symptoms of pain or stiffness. It includes consultation. If necessary, the osteopath will prescribe treatment and advise the subsequent stages of treatment.
What is osteopathy? Osteopathy is a holistic approach to treating a wide range of aches, pains and stiffness anywhere in the body.
Osteopathy assesses the patient from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint. The practitioner uses a highly evolved sense of touch to investigate the underlying causes of pain. He also needs it to determine tension and restrictions in the body. These, along with a detailed history of the patient, can help to establish a diagnosis. Osteopathic treatment aims to reduce tension and restrictions, thereby restoring balance and reducing symptoms of pain or stiffness.
A non-invasive, hands-on approach using muscle and soft tissue stretching, rhythmic joint movement or manipulation techniques help to achieve this. Those help to improve the range of motion of a joint or reduce tension in a muscle. These manual techniques are adjustable to suit the needs of the individual.
Symptoms can result from a previous injury, a childhood condition, poor posture, injury, ageing, poor health, stress and tension. The osteopath will observe asymmetry, misalignment and tension in the patient. Further, he will use this information to help restore proper function during treatment. Osteopathy concerns itself with treating the underlying or predisposing factors that have attributed to the patient's symptoms. So, some of the procedure is performed away from the site of pain.
A basic osteopathic principle is that the body can heal itself. Therefore, the osteopath aims to help restore proper structure through soft tissue massage. Moreover, he uses mobilisations, manipulation of joints and other techniques. Restoring adequate structure helps return the body to normal function, leading to reduced symptoms.
Our osteopath treats each patient as an individual and gives the best possible attention. Moreover, he will create a personalised treatment plan for you. That plan will contain short-, medium- and long-term management strategies, such as exercises and general lifestyle advice.
On average, you'll need two or three treatments. However, for some patients, just one treatment can give complete relief. The number of treatments depends on the individual, the type of problem, and how long they have had the problem. It can be discussed once the diagnosis has been made.
The General Osteopathic Council regulates osteopaths. Besides, they undergo rigorous training and Continued Professional Development.
Allow a full hour for the initial consultation and treatment. For follow up procedures, a 30-minute appointment is usually booking. What to expect at your appointment with an osteopath?
At your first appointment, an osteopath will take a detailed case history. It will assist in making a diagnosis and allow a better understanding of your problem. Your lifestyle and physical stresses are useful in helping aid a diagnosis. A review of your current health status is essential to help complete the picture and to ensure that no underlying conditions exist that might be aggravated by osteopathic treatment after the appointment with an osteopath.
After the osteopath has taken your case history, you will have a structural examination. It is a visual and hands-on evaluation of the body while standing, sitting and lying down. And is, therefore, best performed with the patient in their underwear to allow a clear view of your structure.
You may choose to bring shorts and a sports top, or you can use a gown provided. You may ask to perform specific movements during your examination to assess the range of motion in the joints.
Examination at the appointment with an osteopath
After the investigation, the osteopath will discuss the findings and diagnosis, and treatment will then begin. Soft tissue massage, mobilisations of joints as well as manipulation are standard techniques which we perform during the procedure.
Your comfort is essential and will be a guide to the treatment after the appointment with an osteopath. You may request a modification of the procedure to suit you and for maximum comfort.
Treatment is a two-way process and communication is vital. If there is something uncomfortable or worrying about any aspect of the procedure, discuss this immediately with the osteopath.
Your visit will conclude with recommendations of ways to reduce symptoms between treatments and suggestions for activities or exercise or lifestyle choices that will address any underlying imbalances to help further reduce symptoms and prevent future recurrence.
If you need to cancel your appointment with an osteopath, please contact me before 5 PM on the day before your visit. A late cancellation fee will apply.
Conditions treated by osteopaths
Osteopath treats a number of conditions that present with aches. Pain or stiffness to joints or tendons at any site on the body. Musculoskeletal pain and injury are commonly referred for treatment especially patients with neck or back pain. However, other conditions may benefit. Besides, most people believe osteopathy only treats back and neck pain. It is, in fact, a holistic therapy that can treat a wide range of complaints about most parts of the body.
Common COMPLAINTS osteopath
Common complaints include stress, tension headaches, back pain, neck pain, whiplash, disc injuries, repetitive strain injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritic pain, postural problems and much more. Call Gilly for advice on whether your specific condition will benefit from Osteopathy. Shoulders can be prone to injury. Besides, there are many structures in the shoulder that can cause pain. Shoulder pain may result from direct trauma, sports injury, poor posture, repetitive actions or other conditions such as frozen shoulder or osteoarthritis.
Osteopath treats BACK OR NECK PAIN
These are commonly treated conditions for which osteopath may provide effective relief.
POSTURE RELATED PROBLEMS
Very few of us have good posture. So, this may be exacerbating by sitting at a desk for long periods. Unfortunately, the sedentary lifestyle is the most common root cause of health problems developing. Those may include:
malfunctioning of most of eliminating organs like kidneys and liver,
fluid retention or lymph retention,
cardiovascular system problems and heart diseases.
However, there is a way to prevent all of those. So, contact us to book a comprehensive consultation and a treatment at our facility in Holborn of London.
PROBLEMS RELATED TO REPETITIVE ACTION
Repetitive action can also lead to symptoms of pain, pins and needles, numbness or weakness in the arms and hands.
PARKLAND NATURAL HEALTH, 239 High Holborn, Camden, WC1V 7EW
We are behind Holborn tube station on Little Turnstile. From the tube station go east on High Holborn for 50 meters turn right at Pret a Manger and walk down Little Turnstile for 5 meters. Little Turnstile is a historic mews parade tucked behind the main road. Enter that little alley and the Parkland Natural Health is on the right.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at the Parkland Natural Health Clinic Gilly found an interest in Osteopathy after a back injury sustained whilst working with adults with disabilities in 1997. The treatment, advice and long term management he received led to an awareness of the body’s innate mechanism for activating healing and how to avoid injury. He studied human biology, physiology, anatomy & massage and went on to qualify as an Osteopath at the British School of Osteopathy. He has been treating holistically for six years.
Gilly is registered with the professions’ governing body, the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and is a member of the British Osteopathic Association (BOA). His areas of particular interest are sports therapy (including athletes/dancers) and management of long term postural dysfunction.
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