YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
Your First Appointment
What happens at your first appointment?
When you first see the Osteopath you will be asked questions about your current complaint – site of pain, type of pain, when it first started, things that relieves the symptoms or makes them worse, whether the pain moves to other parts of the body
If the Osteopath thinks it necessary, you may be asked questions on your past medical history and whether there is any relevant family history.
The Osteopath will carry out a physical examination where you may be asked to undress down to your underwear. This enables to Osteopath to look at and observe the affected and any related areas.
The Osteopath feels for any tightness in the muscles and tissues, any areas that may cause tenderness on palpation.
You will then be asked to perform some simple movements so that the Osteopath can see how you are moving – usually the spine and other affected areas – and which movements cause discomfort.
Any relevant Orthopaedic tests will be carried out to aid the Osteopath to a diagnosis.
Osteopathic treatment aims to reduce pain, alleviate muscle tension, and increase mobility enabling the patient to return to their normal activity levels as soon as possible.
Treatment involves soft tissue massage, rhythmic joint mobilisation, muscle release techniques and joint manipulation using short, quick movements.
In addition to hands on treatment in the clinic, your treatment may include a prescription of exercise activity to do at home to speed up your rehabilitation.
NECK & BACK PAIN
Worried that your next movement is going to cause that nagging ache to turn into a brief, if excruciating, shooting pain?
Does checking over your shoulder when driving cause you to wince?
Does turning over in bed wake you up?
Many people suffer from pain in the neck, lower back, or mid back, or a combination of these. Osteopathy, a form of spinal manipulative therapy, has been shown to be a quick and effective way of treating both neck and lower back pain.
Your Osteopath will use their skilled examination to determine the cause and source of the pain and work to resolve these problems
Commonly treated conditions include:
Wear and tear/ Spondylosis
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
PELVIS, HIP AND LEG PAIN
Does picking something up off the floor cause shooting pain down your leg?
Do you get numbness or pins and needles in your feet?
Does walking down stairs cause pain in your knees?
Does getting up and walking around cause you pains
in your feet?
Not all sciatic pain is caused by problems in the back and can be caused by muscle imbalances around the pelvis and hip. Your Osteopath will use their skilled assessment and examination to diagnose and treat the cause of your pain.
Common conditions treated are:
Anterior knee pain – Patellar maltracking
“Taking away the pain will improve your game”
You don’t have to be an injured top athlete to benefit from Osteopathic treatment.
If you have an injury that causes you pain when you play sports to maintain fitness levels or even one that just affects your performance, you probably won’t get full enjoyment from your chosen sport. Muscle strains, joint pain and increased fatigue may all be all signs of imbalances or excess during sporting activity.
We will address not only the symptoms but any underlying structural imbalances to return you to pre-injury performance and advise you how to avoid problems in the future.
Football, rugby, rowing, weight lifting, bowls, or golf, all sports at all levels can be affected.
From muscle strain to damaged ligaments, Osteopathy can ease the pain and increase satisfaction from your chosen sport.
WESTERN MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCA) involves putting acupuncture needles in specific points on specific ‘lines’ or meridians to allow the body’s energy, the qi, to flow freely around the body.
However, medical acupuncture, also known as dry needling, relieves muscular tension by inserting acupuncture needles into specific muscular trigger points (very tight, tender,
knotty spots in muscles involved in causing muscle pain and commonly found in acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders), decreases nerve impulses to the central nervous system resulting in a decrease in pain levels, and stimulating blood flow to the junctions between tendons, ligaments and bone.
Medical acupuncture is used as a very effective adjunct treatment by many manual therapists and medical doctors alike, with the needles being inserted from a few seconds up to a few minutes depending on the desired treatment.
Many people are a bit apprehensive about having needles put in for the first time, but the process is virtually painless, with many patients only feeling a slight pin prick on insertion and a gentle pulling sensation while the needle is in the muscle belly.
A message for blood and component donors:
As of February 2011 donors who have had acupuncture treatment by a qualified Healthcare Professional registered with a statutory body can freely give blood without waiting for 4 months. The GOsC is included in this list.
Follow this link to the National Blood Service
NUTRITION & DIETARY ASSESSMENT
‘Let food be your medicine, let medicine be your food’ – Hippocrates
Do you feel bloated and uncomfortable after eating certain foods?
Do you feel tired and lethargic after eating a meal and find yourself having to take 40 winks after eating?
If the former, you may have an intolerance to certain foods, and if the latter, you may have a problem in regulating your blood sugar levels.
To help you work out what may be causing your symptoms, you will be asked to record all that you eat and drink over the course of an average week. And importantly, how you feel in yourself throughout the week.
We can then assess your dietary intake and address areas of your diet where nutritional imbalances occur. We will build on the strengths and show you easy, realistic steps on how to redress these imbalances.
Studies have shown that it is important to eat at least 5 portions of different fruit and vegetables each day as a part of a balanced diet. This delivers important antioxidants, natural chemicals found in foods, which are thought to protect against cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.
DEEP TISSUE SPORTS MASSAGE
Deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscles, tendons, ligaments and their surrounding and connecting layers of fascia.
Focusing on contracted tissues with adhesions – tight, painful knotty bands in muscle – it aims to relax the tissues, increase blood circulation and improve the flexibility in the joints affected by the tissues.
Not only is deep tissue massage an important part of sports injury prevention and rehabilitation, it is also effective in resolving work related musculoskeletal disorders and reducing stress levels.
Deep tissue massage is highly effective when used in conjunction with western medical acupuncture