Structure governs funtion
Osteopathy works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of any person depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together. Osteopathy is a complementary medicine, regulated by the General Osteopathic Council. There is good evidence that osteopathy is effective in treating persistent lower back pain. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends it as a treatment for this condition.
To understand more about visiting an osteopath, please click on the image to go to the General Osteopathic Council's website.
My osteopathic experience
After 23 satisfying years of working very structurally to address peoples aches and pains, I now combine my osteopathy with my nutritional knowledge. Our muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints and bones all have specific nutritional needs to keep them healthy, but even more so when they are compromised by both acute and chronic inflammatory conditions.
Some typical conditions that I see are:
Back ache (acute and chronic)
Hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis
Headaches coming from the neck
Joint and muscle pains
Nerve pain e.g. Sciatica
Minor sports injuries
Pain caused by poor posture
Muscle spasms, cramps and tension
Your osteopathic consultation with me
On your first visit, I shall take a full case history, covering all aspects of your health. You will be asked to remove only enough clothing to enable me to see how your spine (or relevant body part) looks and moves. My examination involves some orthopaedic, medical and other tests, after which, I shall give you my working diagnosis. If safe and appropriate to proceed, I shall recommend a treatment programme based on your needs and goals.
We shall also discuss general dietary adjustments that support muscle and joint health or you can consider a full nutritional therapy evaluation. We shall discuss the number of treatments and the particular techniques that I plan to use. For example, I may use a range of muscle stretching, massage or joint manipulation, but I shall explain the procedure in advance to ensure that you are happy. As with all safe practice, I will never use any technique or procedure without your informed consent.
Please feel free to visit my testimonials page to read what others say about working with me.