When do Home Visits Help?

Osteopathy home visitsWe are always looking at ways to improve our service and make our therapies available to all. Another beneficial service we offer is the facility to visit you in your own home when getting to the practice here in Kennington is just not straightforward. This isn’t solely to carry out a treatment in situ but also to understand your problem and to offer advice, support and solutions to getting you mobile again.

Here are a number of examples of when it’s a good idea to request a home visit:

  • You have suffered a sport/activity injury and you are bed bound but really want to have professional help as soon as possible.
  • You are an older person with restricted mobility who prefers to get treatment within the safety of their own home.
  • You have been discharged from hospital after musculoskeletal surgery and would like to get ready for rehab but you still have very restricted mobility.
  • You are preparing for surgery and would like a professional to assess your house environment and advise on ergonomics and safety.
  • You are at the very late stages of a pregnancy and your back really hurts.
  • Your baby was born 2 days ago, it’s very cold outside and you would like a paediatric osteopath to come and advice on colic pain.

Of course, there are many reasons why a home visit may be preferable so please call us to discuss your situation and we will endeavour to provide you with the best solution. Recovering from any of the above can take some time, starting as soon as possible shortens your healing time and optimises your outcomes.

Areas of Home Visits Covered

The areas that we cover are mainly Kennington, Lambeth, Vauxhall, Oval and Elephant and Castle. The fee is based on travel time plus treatment time and our reception team will be able to work this out for you and quote accordingly.

If you would like to know more or book an appointment please use the form below.  Or tune in next week for more insightful info on the type of services we offer.

Unsettled babies and osteopathy 

– by Laura Wheatley, MOst, Diploma of Paediatric Osteopathy

People often ask us how osteopathy can benefit babies and wonder how our approach in treating them compares with treating adults. 

Far and away the most common symptom we see babies for is unsettled behaviour. It’s the lower back pain of the baby world if you will. And it manifests in a variety of ways – most commonly crying and irritability, trouble getting wind out (either end), vomiting and sleep disturbance.

Where a visit to the GP would likely result in a diagnosis of ‘colic’ or ‘reflux’ and a prescription, as osteopaths we find these diagnoses to be too broad, and commit ourselves to investigating and explaining WHY such symptoms are occurring. We feel it is our role as osteopaths to do the detective work.

We take a thorough case history including details of the pregnancy, birth and postnatal period, and listen keenly to Mum who knows her baby best and is the expert on her child. Following a head to toe examination assessing overall wellness and health, milestone attainment, joints, neuromuscular status and primitive reflexes we then put our hands very gently on the baby, and listen to what the baby’s body tells us. We are also able to pick if there are any signs of serious issues that may need referral.
We make a treatment plan tailored to the baby to unwind and resolve any tensions that may be palpable in the body and causing discomfort in some way. Treatment involves very subtle movements and light forces working with the baby’s natural physical tendency to seek balance, equilibrium and health.

To give a few examples – a baby diagnosed by the GP with reflux may have had a rapid delivery and experienced a shock on transitioning to life on the outside, tightening their diaphragm and leading to increased regurgitation or vomiting; a baby who seems colicky may have been subjected to a long and difficult labour, perhaps with forceps or ventouse intervention, and therefore be experiencing pain; and a baby with sleep disturbance may have experienced compression in an odd position in the womb and struggle to get comfortable. It’s important to add here that every baby is different and tells a their own unique story.

I must also add that currently any qualified osteopath may legally treat babies and children. At Kennington Osteopaths & Physiotherapy, we feel that expert knowledge of the specialised anatomy and physiology (and their associated problems) is essential to treating babies and children effectively and safely. Therefore both Andrea and I have completed a two-year postgraduate qualification at the Osteopathic Centre for Children.