I believe that each person is an individual and has their own unique set of life experiences, beliefs, history and needs. With this in mind the initial aim of treatment is to relieve the symptoms that cause discomfort and make every day activities difficult. Next I turn my attention to the factors giving rise to and maintaining the symptoms. For example, an injury to your knee might also affect the foot, hip and spine. As osteopaths we seek to understand why the knee has become injured; why has the injury occurred at this time; why the injured knee effects other areas distant to the knee e.g. foot, hip or spine.
Once I have developed an understanding of your condition, I will discuss it with you and agree a treatment plan that will include advice on exercise, posture, nutrition and lifestyle. During treatments I usually use a combination of techniques including soft tissue massage, muscle stretches and gentle joint mobilisations. Along the way I explain what I am doing, how it will help your recovery, advise you on exercises that you can do yourself and how to avoid further injury or pain.
What to expect
Osteopathy offers a gentle and effective form of treatment and is suitable for people of all ages. The objective of osteopathic treatment is to reduce pain and discomfort from stiff or tender muscles and joints and to make everyday activities easier and more comfortable.
On your first visit I will take a detailed case history that will include questions about your activities, past medical history and any medication you may be taking. Next, I will carry out an examination to assess your posture, tissue health and mobility. This will help me diagnose and understand your condition better so that I can develop and discuss a treatment with you to suit your needs. To support treatment I will also advise you on exercises that you can do for yourself and how to avoid further injury or pain. Sometimes, after treatment some patients may feel a little discomfort, this is quite normal and is usually not a cause for concern as it is part of the healing process. If you have any concerns please contact me.