Is osteopathy right for you?
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of drug free, holistic treatment which focused on the patient’s whole body, improving overall health and wellness, not just treating the affected area.
Osteopathic treatment is available from toddlers to the elderly, if you have any questions please contact me.
What can osteopathy help treat?
There are several issues that osteopathy may provide relief for, these include:
Repetitive Strain Injury (R.S.I.)
Neck and shoulder pain
Postural problems due to pregnancy, sports injury, driving or work strain, or digestive issues
What are the benefits to osteopathic treatment?
The approach behind osteopathy is to use methods such as manipulation, massaging, stretching of tissues and joints to harmonise the body as one integral unit and encourage your own natural healing capabilities. Some of the benefits are:
Decrease of tension in the body, reducing pain & tension headaches
Reduction of pain in muscles and stiffness in joints
Support of spinal posture
Increase of blood circulation and healing
Improvement of joint mobility
Will treatment hurt?
As a rule, not really.
Osteopathic treatment techniques are chosen to suit the individual and their complaint. I always aim to make treatment as comfortable as possible during the treatment. Some techniques may be a little sore or uncomfortable, but not painful. If I think you may be overly sore post-treatment, I will always discuss this with you in the consultation and try to give you some advice on how to combat this. It is fairly common to have some post treatment soreness given the nature of the complaints we see.
What happens during an osteopathic appointment?
The initial treatment will last 45 minutes and will begin with a case history. This consists of a series of questions about your complaint, a discussion about your past medical history and a few questions about your general lifestyle.
The aim of the case history is for the osteopath to get an idea of what may be causing your problem. It is also used to get an overall picture of you as an individual, whether you are safe to treat, or if further investigations or referral are needed.
Following the case history an examination will take place. In some cases you may be asked to undress down to your underwear, depending on the complaint, but I always aim to keep the patient as dressed and comfortable as possible. If you do not feel comfortable doing this, you may bring along a pair of shorts and a t-shirt to put on.
Once the examination is finished the osteopath will tell you what they think is causing the problem, and then, having gained your consent, the appropriate treatment will be provided.
At the end of the consultation the osteopath will discuss your management plan and will be able to give you an idea of the number of treatments needed, and anything you can do to help your recovery.
What qualifications do I have?
I am fully qualified osteopath from the European School of Osteopathy, after completing a 4-year full time course, graduating with a BSc Honours degree in osteopathy. I am fully registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and The Institute of Osteopathy, enabling him to practice across in the UK and Europe.
The GOsC was established in 1993 to protect patients by ensuring a standardised, high level of osteopathic training and by regulating osteopathic practice within the UK.
While I obtained my osteopathic qualification, I also completed further training in Myofascial Acupuncture and Kinesio Sports Taping, which I integrate alongside osteopathic treatments where appropriate.
Where is my clinic based?
I am based in Highworth, attracting patients from across the Swindon area, as well as Burford, Stroud and Cirencester.
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