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What to expect on your first visit

With the Osteopath

The Osteopath will ask you about your medical history in detail, and then you will be examined using many tests, some similar to conventional medicine, including a thorough assessment of your musculo-skeletal system.

You will be asked to remove your outer garments, though you may wear shorts or possibly loose fitting joggers, so a full assessment can be made considering areas of strain, immobility, or injury. This is also important to detect any superficial changes on the skin such as bruising, heat, redness, swelling, infection and any pathological changes.

Once a full assessment has been conducted and a working diagnosis has been formulated, the osteopath will use manual therapy to treat the particular areas of the body which are causing symptoms and inhibiting your bodies recovery.

With the Acupuncturist

The Acupuncturist will also take a full medical history, to ascertain the flow of energy, pulses may be examined as well as looking at the tongue. Their skill lies in their ability to make a traditional diagnosis from what is often a complex pattern of disharmony. The exact pattern and degree of disharmony is unique to each individual so each person will receive a personalised treatment plan.

Patients will be asked to remove their outer garments before each treatment so the acupuncturist can quickly and easily locate points which may be on any part of the body or limbs. They will then have very fine needles inserted either near the area of pain or sometimes at a distance from it. The needles are so fine it is almost impossible to feel pain on insertion, however, when the acupuncture point is stimulated you will feel a slight tugging, pulling or cramping sensation.

Acupuncture needles are made according to exacting quality control procedures. They are all sterilised and are disposed of after a single application.


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It is based on the premise that a blockage or disturbance in the flow of the body’s life energy, or “qi,” can cause health issues. Acupuncturists use hair-thin needles to specific acupuncture points throughout the body to restore the flow of qi, balance the body’s energy, stimulate healing, and promote relaxation.

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Wear something, which can make you feel comfortable. If possible, go for comfy shirts and loose pants that allow you to move freely. Bringing a pair of shorts will also let you have something to wear when you need to change.

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During an osteopathy session, make sure that you have with you details of the prescribed supplements or medications you’re currently taking. You also need to bring relevant scans, medical reports, X-rays, test results, supports, braces and orthotics that you are currently using.

WHAT CAN OSTEOPATHY TREAT? 2017-06-11T19:41:51+00:00

People of any age can benefit from osteopathy, from new born babies and pregnant women to pensioners. Below is a list of conditions that according to the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) osteopaths are able to treat, this means research has been shown to provide benefit. If the condition you have is not present then please contact the practice to speak to an osteopath and they will be able to give you more information.

  • general aches and pains
  • joint pain
  • arthritic pain
  • acute and chronic back pain
  • uncomplicated mechanical neck pain
  • headache arising from the neck/migraine prevention
  • frozen shoulder/shoulder and elbow pain/tennis elbow
  • circulatory problems
  • cramp
  • digestive problems
  • sciatica
  • muscle spasms
  • neuralgia
  • fibromyalgia
  • inability to relax
  • rheumatic pain
  • minor sports injuries and tensions

Osteopaths are also trained to recognise what they are unable to treat and to suggest alternative practitioners or referral for further tests.

WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY? 2017-06-11T19:42:19+00:00

Osteopathy is a treatment of the musculo-skeletal system, which includes the muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, nerves, blood supply and other connective tissues. Its aim is to consider the whole body and how that relates to the pain or discomfort with which a patient may present.

To function at its best a body needs harmony and fluidity and an osteopath is trained to locate the areas that may limit this expression. This may be as a result of postural imbalances, poor work stations, illness, injuries, stress, wear and tear or limiting beliefs. An osteopath will try to locate the cause of the complaint and then treat to alleviate the pain or discomfort. This is done using a variety of techniques, massage, stretching, articulation, joint manipulation or a cranial sacral approach. All with the aim of relieving muscle tension and improving balance which will enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues and help your body’s own healing mechanisms. Advice on posture and exercise will be provided to help aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.