Initial osteopathic treatment and consultation

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You can make your initial osteopathic treatment; consultation would be more beneficial. To do so, come to the osteopath with all the previous research data you have available. It may include X-rays, ultrasound data, computer and magnetic resonance imaging, and general biochemical blood and urine tests.
The osteopath will deliver a comprehensive clinical (classic neurological) and osteopathic diagnosis. Besides, he can determine the leading lesion by combining these sources with osteopathic manual tests, inspection and palpation data. Of course, osteopathic diagnosis is self-sufficient and does not require mandatory instrumental confirmation. However, an additional source of data that objectively coincides with the data obtained by the hands would help a lot. It positively affects the confidence of the osteopath and his patient in an accurate diagnosis. Besides, the presence of changes in the blood, ultrasound data or radiographs makes those a starting point for subsequent monitoring of the osteopathic treatment course.

The need to examine the whole body at the initial osteopathic treatment

Consider that you must take off outer clothing during the first session. So, please wear comfortable underwear or an open swimsuit. It'll help the osteopath perform an examination, analyse body symmetry, and change shapes, contours, and colours. Also, it'll allow him to perform specific manual tests with muscle and fascia tension. Our specialist can locate the leading osteopathic damage (root, primary, causative dysfunction) at a considerable distance from your point of discomfort. Concerning that, the osteopath needs to examine the whole body. He needs to do that even if you have only local complaints, such as pain in the head or neck. So, a distortion in the pelvic region will affect the position of the skull and cervical vertebrae. In the same vein, the scar left 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 relieve stress or existing limitations. Initial osteopathic treatment may reduce tension and restrictions, restoring balance and reducing symptoms of pain or stiffness. It includes consultation. If necessary, the osteopath will prescribe a treatment and advise the subsequent stages of treatment.

5 reviews for Initial osteopathic treatment and consultation

  • 5

    Siri O’Neal

    I cannot recommend Gilly’s treatments highly enough! He is so knowledgable and attentive to the smallest changes. His questions help me probe deeper into the causes of the problems I bring to him. He is sensitive and strong in his hands on work, and is able to advise on preventative stratagies moving forward. I now have a series of easy exercises to do at home that really work. They have helped to maintain the wonderful sense of well-being I get from his treatments. It’s such a relief to have found a way around the ongoing back problems that had plagued me for years. Now I go back for maintenance and top up treatments, just for the realignment and sense of well-being. I would rather see Gilly than get a traditional massage: it feels just as good but the effects last so much longer.

  • 5

    Jemma Hadley

    As a professional dancer I get quite a few sports injuries and I feel so lucky to have found Gilly, who manages to fix me every time! I recently had a rotator cuff injury which he fixed in one treatment. I was delighted! From agony and not being able to move my arm, to total freedom within 24 hours. Miraculous!

  • 5

    Kim Segel

    Gilly is a brilliant osteopath. He’s knowledgeable, sensitive, profession and incredibly skilled. I highly recommend.

  • 5

    Tanja Drayton

    After suffering with a painful and stiff shoulder for two years that did not respond to physio or acupuncture, I tried osteopathy with Gilly. After only one treatment, he told me what the problem was and fixed it. He is friendly and caring and made me feel totally at ease.*

  • 5

    Jessica Healy

    Gilly is a great Osteo. He really listens and helps you come up with a holistic solution to back problems. He is friendly and professional. Highly recommended. *

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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.

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 it. We can discuss it 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, you may book a 30-minute appointment with an osteopath.

What to expect at your appointment with an osteopath?

During 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 help aid a diagnosis. A review of your current health status is essential to help complete the picture and ensure that no underlying conditions exist that osteopathic treatment might aggravate 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. It 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 wear 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 begin. Soft tissue massage, mobilisations of joints, and manipulation are standard techniques we perform during the procedure.

Your comfort is essential and will guide the treatment after the appointment with an osteopath. Also, you may request a procedure modification to suit you for maximum comfort.

Treatment is a two-way process; therefore, communication is vital. Discuss this with the osteopath if something is uncomfortable or you are worried about any aspect of the procedure.

Your visit will conclude with recommendations for reducing symptoms between treatments and suggestions for activities, 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 our osteopath, please contact us before 5 PM the day before your visit. A late cancellation fee will apply.

Conditions treated by osteopaths.

Osteopath treats many 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 for neck or back pain patients. 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

Osteopathy with GILLY ARBUCKLE B.OST can treat a number of conditions

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, many structures in the shoulder 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 osteopaths may provide effective relief.

Very few of us have good posture. So, this may be exacerbated by sitting at a desk for long periods. Unfortunately, a sedentary lifestyle is the most common cause of developing health problems. Those may include:

  • scoliosis and sciatica,
  • comfort eating and obesity,
  • inflammatory of various body tissue,
  • disruption of internal organs' functions,
  • low motility of the intestinal muscles and the gall bladder,
  • malfunctioning of most 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 treatment at our facility in Holborn, London.

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

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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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