Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance. Osteopaths use a touch (palpation), physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
Osteopathy is a regulated profession; all osteopaths in the UK are registered with the General Osteopathic Council and abide by their professional standards.
Osteopathic treatment, London, 2019© Trevor England
Bridge, Cowley, 2019 ©Trevor England
Who do Osteopaths treat?
Osteopaths’ patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people.
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Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
Joint pains including age related (including osteoarthritis)
General, acute & chronic backache, back pain
Generalised aches and pains
Minor sports injuries
Tension and inability to relax
Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain
What to expect
Your first visit will involve the osteopath taking a thorough case history, asking questions about your presenting complaint and your general health. After this a physical examination is performed to help identify what is causing your pain and possible linking factors such as posture. This will follow with an osteopathic treatment which can involve a variety of techniques which will move your joints. Finally you will be prescribed exercises to support your complaint.
Depending on your presenting complaint your osteopathic treatment may include the following approaches:
Soft tissue manipulation
Spinal or joint manipulation (HVT or HVLA thurst)
Neuromuscular Techniques (NMT's)
Muscle Energy Techniques (MET's)
Osteopathy in the cranial field
Subsequent visits are shorter and involve a brief catch up about how your complaint has changed since the previous session, with a majority of the time focused on treatment. If new symptoms have arisen then it may be necessary to perform further assessments prior to treatment.
Update June 16th 2020, Face to face appointments at Waterloo
As of June 16th I am able to offer face-to-face consultations in my Waterloo clinic.
Please note, I am still available for remote consultations, for anyone who wants one. The clinic will be continuing with the cleaning measures which they were taking before closing. Myself and the clinic owner are cleaning everything we can think of after every use (not just frequently touched items).
Appointments are booked with enough time apart to avoid interaction, to allow airborne droplets to fall, to allow aeration of the premises, and to allow time for extra cleaning measures.
To ensure that treatment is necessary and reduces risks the following process will be adhered to:
Before I will see anyone in person, I will conduct a remote (phone or video) consultation for the purposes of triage. I need to ensure that any patients are asymptomatic, not in the “shielding” group and that hands-on care is required.
The purpose of triage is to simply categorise your case into.
Potential for serious pathology that may need A&E attention.
Face-to-face care is required.
Care is appropriate, but should be handled remotely.
For those in categories 2 & 3, I would suggest a longer video consultation to take the full case history, and provide any help possible that way. This is charged at ⅔ normal price, if a face-to-face appointment is appropriate at the point, the charge will be the remaining ⅓.
For those who I am able to see in person I will contact you again 24 hours prior to your appointment to confirm you have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
I appreciate that this is quite a lengthy process and will be reviewed regularly. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to arrange an appointment.
General Osteopathic Council. 2019. About Osteopathy. General Osteopathic Council [online]. Available at< https://www.osteopathy.org.uk/visiting-an-osteopath/about-osteopathy/ >[Accessed 31 July 2019].