Osteopathy

What is Osteopathy?

 

​Osteopathy is a primary health care profession specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Osteopaths use visual inspection (observation) and palpation (touch) combined with the clinical history taking to make a diagnosis. As primary healthcare practitioners osteopaths have access to other diagnostic procedures such as X-rays, MRI scans, diagnostic ultrasound, blood tests and urine tests and will utilise referral pathways for these procedures if deemed necessary.

Our osteopaths at the BodyFix Clinic use various treatment techniques to manage a patients complaint, some of which include, soft tissue work, mobilisation/ manipulation, dry needling, interferential therapy, ultrasound and taping. Each osteopath at the clinic is an individual with his or her own unique style of practice and we believe it is important for a patient to find an osteopath that fits with his or her unique needs. At the BodyFix Clinic we are ideally placed to provide a wider set of skills by using interferral between practitioners if needed.

Osteopathy at Bodyfix Clinic

What to expect on your first visit

When you meet your osteopath for the first time, he/she will make a full medical assessment before any treatment commences. You will be asked questions, not just about the pain or complaint that you have come in with, but also about you’re past medical history and day to day routine. Some of the questions may seem irrelevant, but they are extremely important to the osteopath in ensuring that the appropriate care is given. If the practitioner feels that osteopathy is not suitable for you, you will be referred to your GP, a specialist or another therapist in the practice.

 

Examination

 

Once your case history has been taken, your practitioner will examine you. The examination will concentrate on your neuro-musculo-skeletal system (nerves, muscles and joints), but it may also be necessary to check other things such as your blood pressure and pulse, or listen to your lungs or abdomen.

 

Gowns are made available for you to wear for the examination, as well as any following treatments.

Diagnosis

 

Before treatment starts, your practitioner will tell you what is wrong with you, what can be done about it and what you should expect when you receive your first treatment. You may also be told about exercises or changes to your lifestyle or diet that may be beneficial.

 

Treatment

 

Treatment is different for every patient and is dependent on your age, fitness and diagnosis. Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle, specific adjustments/ manipulations, done by hand, to free joints in the spine and other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Other techniques used are different types of soft tissue massage and joint articulation to release tension, stretch muscles, to help relieve pain and mobilise your joints.

 

Other treatment types include ultrasound, interferential therapy, Kinesio taping and dry needling, all dependent on your condition and suitability for each type.

 

 

If you are still unsure whether Osteopathy is the right therapy for you, book a FREE “Discovery Session” with one of our Osteopaths to discuss your condition or complaint, with no obligation to book a further appointment.

Fees

Initial Consultation (45 Mins)

Includes case history, physical/orthopaedic/ neurological examination, postural assessment and a treatment – £61

Treatments (30 Mins) – £46