Osteopaths are best known for their ability to diagnose and treat disorders of the muscular and skeletal systems using conventional medical examination and a highly developed sense of touch. Treatment is aimed at reducing pain, improving mobility and optimizing circulation and nerve function using a combination of manual techniques including massage, stretching, traction and manipulation of joints.
Treatment is always as gentle as possible and individually tailored to the patient. You may be given advice on aftercare such as exercises or pain relief. In addition to osteopathic treatment Justine sometimes uses a type of acupuncture to relieve pain.
Conditions treated include:
Osteopaths try to use an integrated approach to treatment. We consider people as individuals and not collections of symptoms or conditions. A person’s symptoms may be influenced by their age, weight, profession, lifestyle, stress levels, posture, outlook or beliefs and many other factors!
For this reason, we don’t like to give lists of conditions we treat, but typically people come to see us for symptoms such as:
General aches and pains.
Joint pains, including hip and knee pain.
Acute and chronic back pain.
Headaches arising from the neck.
Muscle spasms or chronic muscle tension.
Minor sports injuries.
This list is by no means exhaustive and you are welcome to contact me by phone or e-mail to talk over whether Osteopathic treatment may be helpful for you.
In a typical consultation you will be asked questions about your current complaint and about your general medical history including any medication you are taking. You will then be examined and may be asked to remove some clothing to allow the osteopath to observe and palpate your movements. A diagnosis is then made and will be explained to you before proceeding with any treatment.
Some conditions will only require one or two sessions of treatment, some will require a longer course and some will benefit from regular maintenance sessions at longer intervals.
Patients all vary in their response to treatment and some will experience a temporary soreness after treatment similar to having taken vigorous exercise. This usually only lasts 24-48 hours.
Osteopaths are trained to diagnose all types of complaint and will refer on to suitable professionals if they feel unable to help you. Consent is always obtained before any treatment is undertaken.