Treatment for the whole family
We are often asked, ‘why has this happened to me now?’ One of the best things about osteopaths is that they are specially trained in a variety of skills that allow us to give you a pretty good answer to this sort of question; our four-year, full-time intensive training and extensive experience allow us to identify factors that have stacked up to make you vulnerable to your particular symptoms.
These skills include identifying your body and ‘tissue’ type as well as the sort of activities that are likely to suit you. We can help to highlight lifestyle factors that affect your health for better or worse. Do you prefer a luxurious stroll round the shops at the weekend, or are you interested in high-octane adventures? Or just a comfortable slouch on the sofa in front of the t.v.? Do you prefer to relax with a glass of wine or three, or do you need to get to the gym and pound away the day’s stresses? We can help your body work optimally to allow you to continue to pursue your goals.
We use a biomechanical model to identify weaknesses or areas that are liable to struggle within our patient’s body. Our hands do much of the thinking, whilst our brains do much of the analysis! Sometimes during a treatment which, in our practice, is only with our hands (we don’t use equipment to treat, since we get far better feedback from palpation – a careful therapeutic touch) we may be silent when our hands are talking to us, noting that something doesn’t quite fit your body’s pattern and we investigate the cause of this ‘misalignment’ and then select the correct techniques to correct it.
Like you, we want to know what has happened and why its happened. When you attend your first consultation we will investigate the source of the problem by asking you some simple questions about the history of your complaint and any other factors that are relevant to the problem. We’ll want to know about your past health, and any aches or pains that you have had, sometimes even stretching back into your childhood (if you can remember that far back).
We always carry out a full examination before making a diagnosis and deciding on the most appropriate treatment, which will usually include an assessment of your posture, and identifying ease or restriction of movement in relevant parts of your body.
The format may vary but most patients will probably be asked to undress to their underwear for this part of the examination as subtleties of contour and movement are necessary for an accurate assessment. Depending on the nature of the problem and our findings at this stage, further tests may be required similar to those carried out by general practitioners, such as reflexes, blood pressure or using a stethoscope to listen to your heart or lungs. In some cases it may be necessary to have further tests such as an X-ray or an MRI , which can be carried out through local specialist units or by referral to your GP.
We will give you our provisional diagnosis and our view of whether osteopathic treatment can overcome or help to alleviate the symptoms and the treatment approach will be explained. With your consent, your first consultation will usually be concluded with the most appropriate treatment for that day.
Most people don’t know…
Only an osteopath can call themselves an Osteopath. This means that our title – Osteopath – is protected by statute (the Osteopaths Act of 1993). This means that we are committed to continuing to study hard (at least a week every year with other osteopaths or healthcare professionals and some studying by ourselves) in order to keep up date with changes in the healthcare world.
We have been criminal records bureau checked, provide proof of character, proof of good health, be covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance and generally be good eggs.
We love our work, and find it really satisfying to help people. And we work hard to keep being the best osteopaths we can be!
You can obtain details of an osteopath’s registration by telephoning the GOsC on 020 7357 6655 or going to their website www.osteopathy.org.