What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an established, recognised medical discipline, which uses it's unique skills in diagnosis and treatment, for problems related to altered mechanics, function and posture.
Osteopathy uses it's detailed knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the human body to identify faults which may have occurred by injury or mechanical stress.
This allows the osteopath to not only treat the symptoms but the underlying cause of the complaint.
Osteopathy uses a combination of osteopathic soft tissue massage, joint mobilising and manipulation to treat a number of conditions. Stretching, strengthening or mobility exercises may also be prescribed as well as advice on posture, diet, ergonomics and lifestyle.
Osteopathy Fees£50 Initial Consultation - (30-60 minutes)
£40 Follow up Treatments - (30 minutes)
Osteopathy - A Recognised Therapy Osteopathy is now an accepted part of physical medicine. In 1993 the term osteopath became legally protected, like doctor and dentist. This means that only practitioners who meet strict guidelines and standards, set by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) are allowed registration and can call themselves osteopaths.
Osteopaths have completed a four year full time course at a recognised college of osteopathy in order to meet these standards.
The First Osteopathy Consultation The first consultation will take about 45 - 60 minutes. The osteopath will want to know details about your presenting complaint and a thorough case history will be taken.This will include questions on your general health, previous illnesses, your lifestyle and family medical history. The osteopath will then want to conduct a physical examination and for this you may be asked to undress to your underwear.
You will normally be taken through a range of movements and the osteopath will perform a detailed examination of the function of the relevant area of your body.
More specific clinical tests may also be undertaken. After the examination the osteopath will explain the findings to you and if appropriate a suitable course of treatment will be prescribed.
Sometimes additional investigations may be required. These can include blood or urine tests and perhaps x-rays or scans. It is usual that you will be referred back to you doctor at this stage.
The Osteopathy Practitioners
BSc (Hons) Ost Med. D.N.
Ian is a graduate from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London. He specialises in the biomechanical assessment and treatment of the whole body.
He looks at the different components of the body and how their movement pattern and function may interrelate and affect the presenting complaint. Secondary to this holistic view of the body, Ian has a close working relationship with numerous consultants in the area and regularly observes surgery.
He specialises in the treatment of back, shoulder and knee pain with a particular interest in sports injuries. Ian has a large degree of experience in a variety of rehabilitation techniques and specialises with muscle rebalancing and postural re-education.
Registered Osteopath BSc (Hons) Ost. Med. ND, MSC Sports Rehab.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncturist, BSc (Hons) AcuN
Michelle is a qualified Osteopath and Traditional Chinese Acupuncturist, using both therapies separately or combined to treat numerous conditions.
She has expanded her knowledge into Sports Rehabilitation with specific focus on using osteopathic theories and treatment to aid a fully holistic approach into the treatment and rehabilitation of sports persons. As a member of the Osteopathic Sports Care Association her aim is to become further involved in working with elite athletes at competition levels.
Within The Totalcare Clinic she uses her knowledge to treat patients privately and through private health insurance policies to improve health, reduce pain levels and educate patients about their diagnosis. With close links to the local G.P. surgeries and a number of consultants, inter-referrals are achieved quickly and effectively from both sides.
Gemma graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in London with a Masters degree in Osteopathic Medicine. She continued to gained experience treating a wide variety of patients in both a clinic and hospital setting.
Gemma has a particular interest in pre and post natal care, and the osteopathic treatment of children. She is currently also volunteering her time at the prestigious Osteopathic Centre for Children in London, whilst completing an additional Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy and has worked in Special Care Baby Units.During each consultation, Gemma works to establish the root of the problem and uses a wide variety of osteopathic techniques, including structural, cranial and visceral osteopathy, to relieve symptoms and to prevent re-occurrence. Gemma places key importance on the overall healthcare of her patients and works in conjunction with their medical practitioners and specialists so they are kept informed at all times of their management plans and progress.