Osteopathy

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Osteopathy is a manual therapy involving massage, mobilisation and spinal manipulation for the treatment of musculoskeletal problems.

Osteopathic treatment is gentle and non-invasive.

By working on the muscles, joints and nervous system, as well as evaluating other relevant structures, an Osteopath treats the body as a whole and considers all aspects of the patient’s life and lifestyle.

Treatment is “hands on” and involves skilled manipulation of the spine and joints, and massage of soft tissue.

Osteopaths employ a variety of techniques such as manual manipulation or by applying pressure, leaning on or against your body.

What to expect


You will be asked about your previous medical history, accidents, operations and current condition and medication.

The osteopath will examine you to assess painful areas, posture & mobility and on the first visit will want to have a good look at your spine.

The initial diagnosis will assess the problem and any factors contributing to it. There may be physical factors, such as spinal curvature , or environmental factors like poor seating, occupational hazards or stressful lifestyle.

Advice about rest, exercise and possible lifestyle changes may be given.

Other tests such as reflex testing or blood pressure readings might also be performed and you may be referred to your GP if further medical testing is required.
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What to wear


During your appointment you may be required to get undressed and may feel more comfortable in appropriate underwear (please, no thongs).

Alternatively you may prefer to wear shorts / leggings / jogging bottoms for this part of the consultation.

A chaperone may be present if required.

Frequency of visits


You will be advised on the frequency and interval of further treatment.

As with all complementary therapies, we recommend you seek the advice of your GP or regular medical practitioner before committing yourself to significant treatments, especially those requiring physical manipulation.

Advice for Pregnant Mums


It’s quite normal to get some discomfort during and directly after a pregnancy, and whilst usually nothing serious, it’s natural to worry about what might be causing your symptoms.

The Institute of Osteopathy has produced a two page guide which you may find helpful.

Open ‘Osteopathy & Pregnancy’ here

Osteopathy may help with:

Back pain*
Circulatory problems
Cramp
Digestion problems
Fibromyalgia
Frozen shoulder*
Headaches*
Inability to relax
Joint Pain*
Lumbago
Migraine
Minor sports injuries
Muscle spasms
Neck pain*
Neuralgia
Osteoarthritis
Rheumatic pain
Sciatica
Tennis elbow*
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Practitioner profiles & prices:

Andrew Oliver

Andrew Oliver

Carol Williams

Carol Williams

Donald Kean

Donald Kean

Helen Clarke

Helen Clarke

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