Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions, based on the principle that the way your body moves influences how it functions.
For your body to work well, its structure must also work well, so osteopaths work to restore your body’s ability to maintain itself in good, symptom-free function.
Osteopathy is a natural approach to healthcare that takes into account the whole individual, it is a system of diagnosis and hands on treatment that is recognised as an effective way of relieving pain and restoring mobility in muscles, joints and ligaments, because it looks at the causes of a problem.
Osteopathy is extraordinarily safe, with a risk of serious complications from treatment so low as to be virtually unmeasurable. Most people visit an osteopath when they are in pain or feel they are not functioning at their best, it can help in many practical and life improving ways, such as reducing the need for a and assisting speedier recovery.
Osteopathy is a successful form of treatment for some more constitutional problems such as headaches and digestive complaints, the underlying cause of which often lies in the posture and mechanics of the body’s framework.
Osteopaths are highly trained fully regulated healthcare professionals, recognised by the NHS as fully qualified to diagnose and treat independently. They undergo career-long continuing professional development to retain their registration each year.
Your initial appointment usually last around 1 hour and starts with taking a case history detailing the reason you have booked your appointment and your presenting condition, with details about your general health and past medical history as well as details of any accidents and falls. This is followed by a detailed structural examination of the problem area and other relevant areas. We will then discuss your diagnosis, proposed treatment and plan of treatment. On the first visit you may be asked to undress to your underwear so the Osteopath can view your spine. It is important that the Osteopath is able to gather as much relevant information as possible, medical gowns are available alternatively feel free to bring a vest top and some shorts. Please bring with you any results of tests or X rays you may have had done plus details of any medication you have been prescribed.
If you would like to talk through your symptoms before deciding whether to make an appointment, please do call us.
Osteopathic treatment does not limit itself to treating symptoms but is a holistic approach based on the importance of good balance for overall health.
Treatment is hands-on and involves gentle and skilled manipulation of the whole body using a wide range of techniques, including massage, cranial techniques (sometimes referred to as ‘cranial osteopathy’) and joint mobilisation.
Osteopathic treatment is individual and may vary from one treatment session to next, using an approach best suited to your needs at that specific time. This may also switch between techniques during treatment, as your body starts to release.
Osteopathy is by definition a manual therapy, it is a system of diagnosis and hands on treatment that is recognised as an effective way of relieving pain and restoring mobility in muscles, joints and ligaments.
Osteopathy is extraordinarily safe, with a risk of serious complications from treatment so low as to be virtually unmeasurable. It is effective in treating a range of conditions because it looks at the causes of a problem or complaint rather than just its symptoms.
Most people come to see an osteopath when they are in pain or feel they are not functioning at their best. In young or vulnerable patients the methods used are very gentle.
I am regularly reviewing my practice hygiene policy based on the most recent Public Health England (PHE) advice and following the sensible recommendations made by the Healthcare Regulators to help limit person-to-person transmission in healthcare settings. So this may change with notice. I believe with the measures and precautions in place there is a low risk of transmission within the clinic. Understanding that hands-on treatment can not be a completely risk-free situation, you can continue to attend an urgent or essential appointment unless any of the following applies to you.
The health and safety of my patients is my top priority; this is what I already do to keep you safe and how I am responding to the current situation:
I already maintain a high standard of cleanliness, including an update to date infection control measures as one would expect from a treatment practice.
My long-established 15-minute window between appointments is used to “clean up and prep.”
I use fresh couch paper for each patient, with a fresh pillowslip and towel as needed
I wash my hands before and after each patient and cleanse with medical-grade hand sanitiser as required during a treatment session.
I offer individual hand towels for patients to dry their hands and launder these, and all other clinic linen at 90° (sorry; I appreciate this is not environmentally friendly, but infection control comes first)
Additional precautions and infection control measures,
To offer an extra level of protection to all my patients. I am operating extended staggered appointments to allow additional cleaning of equipment and fixtures between patients.
Sanitising all touchable hard surfaces between patients; including door handles, toilet flusher, cloakroom taps, card payment machines, and doorbell.
Stopped the use of towelling couch covers to make it easier to cleanse the treatment couch between appointments, which is now either sprayed with disinfectant or wiped down with medical-grade sanitiser.
Using wipeable pillows and removed all soft furnishings such as seat cushions, foam blocks. Plus ‘therabands’, children’s book and toys.
Extended the time between patients to facilitate changing my PPE and any clothing that contacts a patient.
Opting to ‘non-touch’ greetings; a simple hello, head nod or ankle tap are options to replace handshakes and hugs until the crisis passes.
If anyone in my household develops any symptoms that could indicate COVID-19 infection, your face-to-face appointment will be cancelled, with as much notice as practically possible, and all patients treated in the previous 14 days contacted ASAP.