What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an established & recognised system of diagnosis and treatment that lays its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. If the body is working at its most “efficient” then, within reason, the body has the best potential to heal and maintain itself naturally.
Osteopaths have a detailed knowledge and understanding of human anatomy, physiology and pathology. While employing many of the procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis, osteopathy looks at wider factors affecting a person’s health. For example; posture, nutrition, occupation and various stresses and strains, whether physiological or psychological that a patient may be under.
Osteopathy with AlexMy practice whilst being grounded by original training from the British School of Osteopathy (2000) and post graduate training in Energy Psychology and Dry Needling is extremely instinctive, using touch and palpation to “listen” to your body, assisting treatment direction and healing.
I see the body as highly adaptive in that it deals with a great deal of stress - both physiological and psychological - which can have both positive and negative effects. In the short term many patients are able to cope but ultimately the stress is merely being held “inside.” Patients often come to me once their body is finally unable to cope and they feel pain, stiffness or simply imbalanced.
Sometimes treatment can initially seem to make the symptoms worse but, with in reason, this indicates to me that the body is re-focusing on its self and is on the first step of the healing process. My style of osteopathy, while addressing your immediate symptoms, is often to work with you longer term, to release held in stress and tension at your own pace and encourage your body to become more resilient and adaptive to future pressures.
I also recognise that some patients have simply overstretched their capability, have had a physical trauma resulting in injury or that symptoms are simply a result of age and associated reduction in vitality. Treatment is therefore aimed at pain relief and returning the body to a healthier more balanced state.
Overall my aim is to empower you to have more control of your own body and health. In all cases I will discuss possible lifestyle amendments.
Your first visit - what to expect
On your first consultation a detailed history will be taken. This will include general health screening questions as a means of excluding more serious causes for your current symptoms and where appropriate allow correct referral.
If you have any relevant material e.g. previous diagnosis/test results, X-rays, M.R.I. scans or current medication, then it would be helpful to bring copies.
A full structural examination will be conducted, including where appropriate various clinical/neurological tests e.g. blood pressure & reflexes. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing (often down to underwear).
Once an assessment has been made an explanation for your symptoms will be given along with treatment options. Treatment is patient specific but may include muscle stretching, deep tissue massage, rhythmic joint movements (articulation), joint manipulation which may result in the joint “clicking”.
After treatment, advice will be given to support the healing process such as rest, rehabilitation exercises, preventative exercises and correct posture.
In order to be described as an Osteopath you must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council. This ensures the public safe & competent treatment from a qualified practitioner with adequate malpractice insurance, who has agreed to abide by a code of conduct giving patients the same safe guards as when consulting a doctor.