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What is Osteopathy? Pilates Accupuncture

Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a complimentary therapy with a holistic approach to treat a wide variety of musculo-skeletal complaints. It is a safe, natural and drug free therapy that relieves pain and restores function after injury. The osteopath will find the cause of problem and will use soft tissue and stretching techniques, cranial techniques, joint mobilisation and manipulation to restore balance and function. It is suitable for all age groups and includes advice on diet, nutrition, posture and lifestyle.

Osteopathy can help with:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Shoulder and arm problems
  • Headaches arising from the neck
  • Pain from trapped nerves
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Hip and knee problems
  • Leg, ankle and foot problems
  • Whiplash
  • RSIs
  • Pain and stiffness from arthritis
  • Postural Problems
  • Postural problems with pregnancy, associated headaches, back, pelvic, sciatic pain, neck and shoulder pain.
  • Sciatica
  • Sinus Problems
  • Disc Injuries
  • Sports Injuries

How many sessions will I need?

Response to treatment depends on age, health, posture and fitness level of each patient as well as any physical and emotional stress factors that may have a negative effect on the recovery time.

After the initial consultation, examination, diagnosis and initial treatment the osteopath will be able to recommend the number of treatments needed for restoration of health and function. Each treatment session is on a pay as you go basis until your symptoms have been resolved, I will then provide you with the tools you need to prevent any future problems.

NICE Guidelines

NICE - The National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommends a course of manual therapy, including spinal manipulation (including osteopathic), for the early management of persistent non-specific lower back pain.

Training

Osteopaths train for four to five years on an undergraduate degree which includes anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomechanics, clinical examination and diagnosis of musculo-skeletal problems and medical conditions.

Osteopaths need to have completed 1000 hours of osteopathic techniques and have completed two years of osteopathic clinical work in external and internal clinics treating a wide variety of musculo-skeletal complaints whilst managing their own patient lists.

The General Osteopathic Council

Osteopathy is a statutory regulated profession and it is against the law to call yourself an osteopath if you are not registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOSC). To apply for registration with the GOSC applicants must hold a BSc, BOst, MOst degree and have to have passed an advanced criminal disclosure check, health check and demonstrate good character.

Each year osteopaths are required to renew their registration with the GOSC and undertake 30 hours of continuous professional development and to adhere to the standards of professional conduct and practice. You can check to see if your practitioner is listed on the registry at the General Osteopathic council website here: General Osteopathic council.

Fees

New Patient Consultation and Treatment - approx. 1 hour: £45

Follow-up Appointments - approx. 30 minutes: £40

Sports Massage - 1 hour: £55

Sports Massage - 30 minutes: £40

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a treatment which can relieve the pain and symptoms of a variety of complaints. Current research proves that the pain relieving effects of acupuncture has nothing to do with placebo. Acupuncture works by stimulating the nerves in the skin and muscle, it increases the body's natural release of pain killing hormones, endorphin and serotonin and can help reduce pain from chronic and acute injury.

Patients also feel a sense of well-being and calm after treatment, it can reduce anxiety and calm the bodie's response to stress. Modern research shows that acupuncture can affect most of the body's systems - the nervous system, muscle tone, hormone outputs, circulation, antibody production and allergic responses, as well as the respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

The practitioner will assess each patient's case and treatment will be tailored to the individual. Typically, fine needles are inserted through the skin and left in position briefly, sometimes with manual stimulation. The number of needles varies but may be only two or three and may only be left in for up to 2 minutes.

People respond to acupuncture at different rates, some patients respond straight away, others after a few treatments. Acupuncture works well as an adjunct to osteopathy and can be used within your treatment session, this will be discussed in your consultation and will only be used with your consent.

Uses for acupuncture

Taking the above into consideration, here are some of the ways in which acupuncture may be effective:

Pain relief for a wide range of painful conditions. It is commonly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, for example - back, shoulder, neck and leg pain

  • It has been used successfully to treat headaches, migraines, trapped nerves, chronic muscle strains, sports injuries and various kinds of arthritic and rheumatic pain
  • Functional bowel or bladder problems such as IBS
  • Menstrual and menopausal symptoms, eg period pains and hot flushes
  • Allergies such as hay fever
  • Sinus problems and chronic catarrh

Text courtesy of British Medical Acupuncture Society.

Lyndsy is a member of The British Medical Acupuncture Society and offers acupuncture as an adjunct to osteopathy. Visit the The British Medical Acupuncture Society website.