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.
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Principles of osteopathy
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.
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 but 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.
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
Monday 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 10am - 8pm
Wednesday 10am - 8pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 6pm
GILLY ARBUCKLE B.OST
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.