About Osteopathy for London
Osteopathy is known to be effective for back pain, neck pain and sciatica as well as a range of other conditions including frozen shoulder and sports injuries.
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. It is distinctive in the fact that it recognises much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structure as well as damage caused to it by disease.
It uses many of the diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis. Its main strength however lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and the manual methods of treatment applied to suit the needs of the individual patient.
Osteopaths use their hands both to investigate the underlying causes of pain and to carry out treatment using a variety of manipulative techniques. These may include muscle and connective tissue stretching, rhythmic joint movements or high velocity thrust techniques to improve the range of motion at a joint.
In 1993 osteopathy became the first major complementary health care profession to be accorded statutory recognition under the 1993 Osteopaths Act. Only those practitioners trained to the same high rigorous standards and able to show that they have been in safe and competent practice of osteopathy will be allowed to remain on the statutory register. All osteopaths need to have medical malpractice insurance and to follow a strict code of conduct. Patients have the same safeguards as when they consult a doctor or dentist.
What can Osteopaths treat?
The list of conditions that osteopaths can treat is comprehensive and set out below.
It is unique way that Osteopaths approach patient care that allows us to be effective across such a wide range of conditions. Our approach is not prescriptive, and therefore each patient should receive a tailored approach which is unique to them and considerate not only of their diagnosis, but their general health, age, fitness levels other elements.
This flexible approach enables us to draw upon a variety of treatment techniques, which is a large part of what makes it effective for so many.
How many treatments will I need?
It is difficult to define in advance the exact number of visits that will be needed to produce the positive change that patients deserve. At the initial consultation your prognosis is discussed with you to provide a realistic estimate of what you can expect.
In many cases a patient might expect to see an osteopath 3-4 times for a relatively straightforward issue. Where the problem is more recent, the condition mild or moderate in nature, and the patient in good health, then this is often less. Where the problem is quite chronic (long-term), more serious, or the patient may have underlying health issues, then progress may be slower. Some patients find that a single visit is sufficient to get the results they seek.
Every patient has their own unique capacity to adapt to the changes that treatment brings about, and this dictates the intensity and pace of treatment for them. At every stage we will endeavour to move you towards pain relief and other markers of improvement as rapidly as possible.
Does Osteopathy hurt?
We maintain an ongoing dialogue with patients during treatment to ensure that the intensity of techniques is appropriate for them. This often takes the form of ensuring that any discomfort remains "green light" in nature (1-3 out of 10 on a pain scale) as this works well to ensure an appropriately applied intensity of treatment is given.
This green light discomfort may only apply for parts of the treatment, and at other times the patient may find the experience quite pleasant. At most, and only with an ongoing dialogue with the patient, a pressure that provokes and "amber light" pain may be experienced for shorter periods.
In approximately 40-50% of patients they may experience a degree of soreness the next day which can last for a day or so before passing. This is a quite normal reaction to the change that treatment brings about.
In every case patients are encouraged to reach out directly to their osteopath if they are concerned about an reaction they may experience.
Is Osteopathy right for me?
Osteopaths are trained to adapt their approach to every patients' individual condition and circumstances, which is why it is an approach suitable for most patients.
If a patient has a serious underlying heath issue then this would be a good reason to talk to an osteopath in advance of making an appointment, as under certain circumstances hands-on treatment may not be appropriate.
If you are uncertain if osteopathy is right for you then you may want to take advantage of a free 15 minute telephone consultation with John, in which he can enquire about your condition and your medical history. By clicking the Book Now button below you can arrange this with him.
If you proceed to book an initial consultation (which includes treatment and advice) with either John or Gervais then the thorough case history and examination you receive prior to any treatment will drive the content of the tailored osteopathic hands-on approach we provide you.
- Mechanical Neck Pain
- Sciatica & Trapped Nerves
- Muscle Spasms
- General Acute & Chronic Backache & Pain
- Arthritic Pain & Stiffness
- Generalised Joint Pain & Stiffness
- Digestive Issues
- Stress & Tension
- Frozen Shoulder Sports Injuries
- Rheumatic Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Shoulder, Elbow Pain
- Headaches from Neck & Back Issues