Osteopathy at Physio4Life
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy can help treat a wide variety of conditions. It is a manual therapy that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders. Osteopathy is a holistic approach that takes into account the body’s structural and functional integrity. Osteopaths not only treat the symptoms but identify the underlying causes of the presenting complain, to restore the body’s balance and enhance its self-healing mechanisms by stimulating the cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
There are a variety of techniques to suit the specific need of each individual patient. Safe techniques such as traditional osteopathic manipulation and mobilization of joints, soft tissue work, myofascial release, and gentle functional approaches such as cranial osteopathy and visceral techniques are used to maximize the optimal health and well-being. Advice and exercises are also provided to promote health and prevent injury to re-occur.
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Common presentations osteopathy can help with:
- Back pain
- Headaches (migraines), neck pain, jaw pain
- Shoulder pain
- Arm and elbow pain
- Hip, knee, foot pain
- Abdominal, digestive problem
- Emotional tensions
- Postural pain
- Pregnancy and post-natal pain
What is Cranial Osteopathy?
Cranial osteopathy encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body. It is a gentle, non-invasive technique that can be used on any part of the body (not just the head) using very skilled, light touch to feel and modulate the subtle movements that accompany phenomena like breathing and postural adjustment.
Cranial treatments often bring a feeling of relaxation and warmth within the body and mind, at the same time restoring the body’s function.
Everyone can benefit from Cranial Osteopathy: pregnant women, postnatal mothers and newborn babies; children or adults with digestive problems, headaches, emotional tensions, and many more. Speak to our cranial osteopaths in Putney for more information.
For more information on Osteopathy treatment call 0208 704 5998
45 Minute Osteopathy Consultation – £70
30 Minute Follow Up Treatment – £55.00
45 Minute Follow Up Treatment – £82.50
60 Minute follow up – £110.00
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What can our Putney Osteopaths Treat?
As mentoned above, 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 first 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.
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During treatment, osteopaths use a wide range of manual techniques such as: joint mobilisations, massage, manipulations and stretching exercises. For the treatment of newborn conditions 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 in Putney
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.