What is Osteopathy and how can it help me?
Osteopathy is a manual therapy that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders. It is based on the principle that the body has a self-healing mechanism and osteopaths are trained to enhance it by stimulating the cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
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60 Minute Osteopathy Consultation – £110.00
45 Minute Osteopathy Consultation – £82.50
30 Minute Follow Up Treatment – £55.00
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Osteopathy for Mums & Babies £100.00
Osteopathy is a holistic and intuitive manual therapy that can help newborns and young mothers.
Following birth, an osteopathic check up for the baby can help identify any dysfunction resulting from this traumatic transition from life inside to the outside world. All babies need time to make the necessary adjustments to their physiological systems: breathing, digestion and musculoskeletal. If not addressed, these functional tensions could lead to common problems, such as:
- difficulty feeding
- disturbed sleeping pattern
- difficulty passing wind
- plagiocephaly (flattening of the head)
- congenital torticolis
For the mothers who have just lived a huge emotional and physical effort over several months, it is essential to take the time to think about their own body. During pregnancy and throughout the duration of breastfeeding, ligaments in the body are loose and muscles have to work extra hard to maintain the posture and pelvis position. This lack of stability associated with the duration over which these changes happen can lead to:
- neck and back pain
- postural change
- poor abdominal control
- pelvic floor problems (incontinence, pain)
- joint swelling (wrist, ankle, carpal tunnel syndrome)
- strain from breastfeeding (blocked ducts, mastitis)
- scar tissue related pain (C-section scar)
Osteopathy can help a lot alleviating or dealing better with these complaints. Too often mothers wait 3 or 4 months, enduring pain and sleepless nights before consulting an osteopath.
What can our Putney Osteopaths Treat?
Whether you have suffered a sports injury (muscle strain, ligament sprain or fracture), have chronic pain (headaches, migraines, sore back), or pregnancy-related ailments, osteopathy can help you.
The osteopath will start by asking questions about your medical history and specific questions regarding the main reason for the consultation.
Your 1st Osteopathy Examination
Then, a thorough examination of the patients’ posture will be carried out using palpation, active and passive mobility tests. To do so properly, the osteopath may ask you to remove some of your clothing. If you are uncomfortable about this, feel free to tell your practitioner. You can also choose to bring a pair of sports shorts and a singlet if you prefer.
Discussing Your Treatment Plan with Your Osteopath
The osteopath will then take the time to discuss with you the diagnosis and will suggest a treatment plan and the likely number of session needed for a noticeable improvement in how you feel. It is important that you understand this plan as very often you will be asked to do some specific exercises at home and because you may be referred to one of our physiotherapists for advanced rehabilitation.
Osteopath Appointments Putney
During treatment, osteopaths use a wide range of manual techniques such as: joint mobilisations, massage, manipulations and stretching exercises. For the treatment of newborn conditons for example, osteopaths can use myofascial or craniosacral techniques to help with latching difficulties, plagiocephaly (flattening of the head) and difficulty to pass wind or constipation. Osteopaths intuitively help restore balance in the organs of your body and are also able to provide advice on posture and work ergonomy in order to promote health and prevent symptoms from recurring.
The Benefits of Osteopathy Treatment at Physio 4 Life
The benefits and any potential risks associated with the treatment will be mentioned to you. Your practitioner will always ask your permission to treat you and will explain what he is doing as the treatment progresses.
Most people visit an osteopath as a private patient by self-referring themselves and pay for their treatment. If you have a private health insurance, you may be able to claim for the treatment costs. As it will depend on your personal level of cover, make sure to ask your insurance provider if you are eligible to claim for osteopathy treatment and if you need to be referred by a GP or not.
At Physio4Life we believe that when a patient seeks help from a manual therapist, they should always benefit from the best hands-on techniques, refined palpation skills in addition to rehabilitation exercises. The combination of all these aspects of treatment leads to a better long term recovery and can prevent injuries from recurring.
Meet Pierre Meslet – Osteopath in Putney
French born osteopath Pierre Meslet recently moved back to London after working for four years in a very successful practice in Singapore. Prior to this enriching experience in South East Asia, Pierre trained as an osteopath in the UK and studied physiotherapy in Canada. He also holds a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science from France.
With almost 10 years’ experience in treating newborns, young mothers, elite athletes and the elderly, Pierre has a distinctive approach to treatment. His unique combination of qualifications provides him with a comprehensive set of skills when it comes to addressing the root cause of an injury or a complaint. He actively applies concepts of rehabilitation within his osteopathic treatments.
Pierre has a lifetime passion for sports and he specialises in sports injuries. In London and Singapore, he treated elite and amateur runners, triathletes as well as rowers and rugby players. Being a keen runner himself (Top 50 at the Ultra-Trail World Tour 2015), he understands common running injuries and the frustration arising from these. He was fortunate enough to put these skills to use on some of the best athletes in the world during the London 2012 Olympic Games as a member of the medical team. He is currently undergoing the selection process to work with the Olympic Games’ medical team once again in Brazil next summer.
Whilst in Singapore, Pierre also worked closely with midwives and lactation consultants. This allowed him to further enhance his expertise in the treatment of newborn conditions, especially relating to feeding difficulties, torticollis and plagiocephaly (flattening of the head).
Masters of Osteopathy
(United Kingdom, 2011)
Diploma of Physiotherapy
BSc Sports & Exercise Science
(France & Spain, 2004)
For more information on Osteopathy treatment call 0208 704 5998