OSTEOPATHY for everyone
Our body is a marvel. But in order for it to work in the best way, it needs to be able to function well too.
Perhaps you have been aware of general backache and stiffness for some time? It’s only when the pain becomes harder to dismiss and starts interfering with your daily life, especially your sleep, that you decide to do something about it.
My steps to relieving your pain and changing the cycle of pain going forwards are:
- Consultation and treatment – let’s get you out of pain as soon as possible, it can really bring you down!
- You start to feel better. How are we going to stop this becoming a recurring theme?
- By looking at your weight and body health, we can see where you are in relation to the healthy ranges. Would you like help and advice with your eating?
- Increase your general activity which will help with back and joint pain. Let’s look at ways to get you out and about a bit more. You can join me in Nordic Walking around Wilmslow, which fits into most people’s lifestyle. Or let’s talk about alternative ways to get you moving.
Osteopathy can help the following conditions, which may be affecting you:
General joint aches and pains, rheumatic pain and arthritic pain
General, acute & chronic back pain
Neck pain, mechanical or following injury
Headache arising from the neck and upper back
Minor soft tissue injuries; muscle and tendon strains, ligament sprains
Osteopathic treatment in basic terms looks at someone who is in pain and establishes where their pain is coming from and what’s happening in the area of the pain – what structures are under stress and strain.
What happens when you see an Osteopath?
As an osteopath, I look at your whole body from the feet up – how your balance is in each leg, the muscle tone in your calves, your hips, and up your back. Then I look to see if everything is equal and working in sync. Is your posture balanced? Can you do basic spinal movements? If not, what is stopping you?
It might seem as though I look at parts of the body where you don’t have any pain, but I am looking to see how the whole body interrelates so that I can ease that pain for you.
I will offer you an unhurried, thorough assessment of your body frame.
When you see me for a consultation, I will ask you to complete a Health Screening Form and I take a Full Medical History followed by a careful musculoskeletal examination to check your body. People carry a lot of stress from just living and often don’t have the opportunity for that to come out in an eight minute consultation with a GP or a half hour NHS Physio appointment.
I want you to be unhurried and relaxed, so that you can express yourself about what is feeling wrong.
As we work together to find out what the problem is through looking at the functions of your spine, a pattern of dysfunction may start to emerge. Clients often feel relieved to know that their symptoms make sense!
Treatment, for the most part, is very gentle.
Although the affected area may be very sensitive or painful, I will work carefully within your tolerance of pain. Deep muscle massage can be uncomfortable but putting you under too much pain is counter-productive as it will create even more muscle tension. I will use only as much pressure as is necessary to be effective. The minimal necessary force is also used with spinal joint adjustments. I will always stop if you’re feeling too uncomfortable.
What can you expect after your Osteopathic treatment?
You may feel your body change immediately after our consultation.
I can advise you how to manage any post treatment soreness, which is usually short lived and will go away within 48 hours. We can also discuss postural advice and exercises for you to take home and continue.
My aim is to provide the best care I can for you. Let’s work together to get you back in control of your body and enjoy a healthy and comfortable life!