At HOPE osteopathy, the whole body will be considered in every appointment, so we can find the source of the pain, and identify the predisposing factors of your issues. When treating, considering the whole body allows us integrate all parts of the body and get all parts working together. Osteopathy is suitable for all people, young or old in the treatment of the following problems.
NECK & BACK PAIN
There is good scientific evidence that osteopathy is effective for the treatment of persistent lower back pain. The NHS guidelines, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends it as a treatment for this condition.
Although the first priority is to get you out of pain, the important thing is to discover and remove as best as possible the reasons for the pain being there in the first place. That way it should hopefully not return.
During a consultation at HOPE osteopathy, there will be an extensive examination of your spine and structure to detect not only what is causing the pain but what those underlying structural problems are too
BENEFITS OF TREATMENT
Can include the following:
Reduction in pain and inflammation
Increase in mobility and reduction in stiffness
Improvement in sports performance
Prevention of future episodes of pain by removing the root cause of the problem, or routine maintenance treatments
Safe treatment without the use of drugs or pain killers
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Lower & upper back pain
Headache and migraine
Asthma and chest complaints
General ill health
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE FIRST CONSULTATION
Osteopathic Consultation & Examination £50
During your first osteopathy session, the osteopath will ask you about your symptoms and your general health. You will be asked a wide range of questions about the history of your complaint, past medical history and family history.
The osteopath will then perform a thorough physical examination, with Orthopaedic and neurological examinations, along with an osteopathic and postural examination. If the osteopath thinks they can help you, they will tell you, if not, osteopaths are trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP or needs further tests, such as MRI scans or blood tests to help diagnose the problem.
The osteopath will use their hands to find areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction or strain within your body, particularly the spine.It is possible that you may need to remove some items of clothing, or dress down to your underwear. If you are not comfortable doing this, it is advised that you bring shorts or loose gym wear, and chaperone attendance is encouraged. Examination may or may not reproduce some of your symptoms.
Report of findings
After the examination, we can then discuss whether osteopathy can help treat the problem and, if so, what the treatment programme should involve.
Before beginning with your osteopathic care, the osteopath will sit down with you, explain what's wrong in a way that is understandable and outline the recommendations for your care. Understanding the cause of your problem and learning how to manage it is an important step in getting better, therefore this appointment is complementary and is scheduled before your first treatment appointment. You will receive a written report to take away with you, including any recommended home care advice or exercises.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommend that back pain should be resolved by osteopathic care by a maximum of 9 treatments over 12 weeks, however most of our patients feel better a lot sooner than that.
Advice for resolving underlying structural problems and maintaining a pain-free spine will also be discussed during this appointment.
Osteopathic Treatment £40
An osteopath aims to restore the normal function and stability of the joints to help the body heal itself. They use their hands to treat your body in a variety of ways, using a mixture of gentle and forceful techniques. These include:
massage – to release and relax muscles
stretching stiff joints
articulation – where your joints are moved through their natural range of motion
high-velocity thrusts – short, sharp movements to the spine, which normally produce a clicking noise similar to cracking your knuckles
It is claimed that these techniques reduce pain, improve movement and encourage blood flow.
Osteopathy is not usually painful, although there may be some discomfort if you’re having treatment for a painful or inflamed injury. If you feel any pain during treatment, tell your osteopath immediately.