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What to expect when you come for an assessment and treatment
When you make an appointment to see us we will always send you an e mail or letter in advance, detailing exactly what to expect on your first visit and what to bring with you. Your initial consultation will last about an hour.
We will need to ask questions about your symptoms and your health for us to understand how we can help you.
Assessing your health will include a physical examination.
We may need you to partially undress for this or to undress down to your underwear so that we can examine your posture. We may ask you to perform some simple movements standing, sitting and lying down on the treatment table whilst we use our hands to feel for ease or restriction of motion in your joints and muscles. We may need to perform some simple tests such as checking your reflexes or taking your blood pressure.
When we have made a diagnosis we will discuss this with you and will explain how osteopathic treatment can help. If you are happy to proceed and if time permits we will give you some treatment on that first visit. If there are any risks involved with the techniques we are going to use we will inform you of this before treatment. However, complications following osteopathic treatment are extremely rare and osteopathy has an extremely high safety record.
How many visits you may need is individual to you and your health issue.
Exercises, dietry or health advice form part of our care of you.
Do I need to be referred by my GP
Osteopaths are Allied health professionals and are trained to diagnose and treat within their knowledge and skill base so you do not need a GP referal.
In certain circumstances we may want to advise your GP that you are receiving treatment from us and we will always ask for your consent before contacting them.
However, some insurance companies stipulate that you must be referred by your GP for osteopathic treatment in order to claim back your treatment fees, so it is worth checking this in advance if you are planning to use your insurance to cover the costs.
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Common problems Osteopaths help with
Osteopaths treat all the family. We can gently and safely help people of every age from newborns to the elderly. As osteopaths we address structural and mechanical dysfunction within the body and in doing so we can often help with common complaints such as:
Back pain and Sciatica
Joint pain and stiffness
Osteoarthritic and Rheumatic pain
Headaches and Migraine
Shoulder, Elbow and arm pain
Frozen shoulder and Tennis/Golfers elbow
Pelvic, Hip, Knee and leg pain
Sports injuries and strains
Circulatory problems/ Cramp
Inability to relax
For specific problems please as your Osteopath
Cranial Osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that uses very gentle manipulative pressure to encourage changes throughout the body, including the head. Cranial osteopaths treat the whole body not just the head.
Osteopaths use their highly trained palpatory skills to detect areas of tension or restriction in the body, and to gently release them to restore movement and balance within the musculoskeletal system of the body.
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Chronic Fatigue and ME
The Perrin Technique is based on Dr. Perrin's theory that CFS/ME results from an over strain of the sympathetic nervous system. Various factors are thought to be responsible for this irritation from: physical and emotional to allergies and infections. It is believed that these factors result in a build up of toxins in the lymphatic system and in the fluids around the brain. The Perrin technique strives to remove these toxins from the body through gentle manual techniques including massage and spinal mobilisation.
The initial consultation involves an examination for certain physical changes, which are thought to be markers for CFS. This together with a detailed history helps the Practitioner establish a rating of how severe the patient is and how long they may expect before they see some results from the treatment.
It is not a 'quick fix' and patient participation in the treatment is essential. Their home program involves pacing, following simple dietary guidelines and carrying out their own daily massage.
YouTube clip demonstrating the Perrin Technique