Professional Osteopath based in Horley, servicing Crawley & Surrey.
Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance where possible, without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms occuring.” (General Osteopathic Council – GOSC)
Osteopathy is recognised as an effective treatment for a wide range of painful disorders. It helps restore the function of the musculo-skeletal system (joints, muscles and ligaments). The aim is to relieve pain and get you going again as quickly as possible. Patients of all ages can benefit. Each treatment is tailored to the individual.
Osteopathy has built a reputation for unique success in treating patients with problems that other areas of medicine may have previously failed to treat effectively. Osteopaths such as those at the Carlton Clinic, have built up Osteopathy’s reputation so that now attracts more than six million consultations every year, (more than private physio, chiropractic, hospital consultant, and private doctors consultations added together).
Osteopathy is a system of medicine based upon the premise that if the body is structurally sound and correctly nourished it will function properly. In other words it will be healthy. Poor structure brings about all kinds of physiological malfunctioning which we experience as disease. Because the nerve supply from the spine controls the functioning of the entire body, impairment in the movement of joints, particularly in the spine, can set up far-reaching changes which result in organic disease.
Osteopaths are trained to recognise structural imperfections and restrictions in mobility which are of very small magnitude and may be ignored by ‘orthodox’ doctors. Sometimes these structural imperfections can be corrected by simple stretching or manipulating or the soft tissues. In other cases they require mobilising techniques for their correction. These osteopathic manoeuvres are usually gentle and seldom painful.
The osteopath sees the body as a whole; no single part being independent of the remainder. If you attend an osteopath with neck pain, they will examine your entire structure and may end up manipulating the base of your spine or pelvis if they find that this is the cause of your neck being in lesion. They may also examine your feet to ensure that a problem in the foot is not the cause of everything else that has gone wrong.
What can Osteopathy help?
Lower Back Pain (+/- Sciatica)
Neck and Upper Back Pain
Joint Pain – Shoulders / Elbows / Wrists / Hands / Hips / Knees / Feet
The affects of trauma – eg. Whiplash
Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)
Stiffness associated with aging
Musculoskeletal symptoms associated with chronic conditions. eg. Osteoarthritis & Asthma
– If you are uncertain whether osteopathy can help with your particular complaint, just give us a call for free advice.
Osteopathic treatment can help many musculo-skeletal conditions. These include common aches and pains or injuries caused by strains, falls or overuse. Osteopathy can also alleviate the problems associated with stress and tension including headaches as well as chronic back pain.
The vast majority of acute painful musculo-skeletal disorders (disc, joint, muscle, tendons and ligament) respond well to osteopathy. Osteopaths spend most of their time treating such things as back pain, sciatica, trapped nerves, and any physical/structural painful condition, including long standing problems with previous unsuccessful treatment to the sudden onset of unforwarned pain. No back pain is too serious for Osteopathic treatment.
High blood pressure, arthritic problems, tension headaches, asthma, skin disorders are amongst the many problems for which osteopathic treatment may be helpful. The correction of spinal lesions can relieve impairment of related nerves which may be causing malfunction of any of the visceral organs.
Adapting the approaches to all age groups is normal to osteopathic practice with ‘wear and tear’ arthritis problems and the elderly showing at least as good responses to osteopathy as younger patients. Osteopaths also treat successfully colic, Otitis Media, irritability, sleep and other problems in babies.
Beyond the spine and referred pains such as sciatica, osteopaths treat frozen shoulders, tennis/golfers elbow and RSI/tendon/tenonovitis, rib pain, wrist injuries, headaches, knee and ankle injuries, and all such problems around the body.
What can you expect at your first treatment?
At the beginning of your first visit, a full medical history is taken. Your current condition will be discussed to help understand your presenting problem, as well as questions about your general health, lifestyle, work and activities. The questions asked will help make the correct diagnosis and ensure whether osteopathic treatment is appropriate.
At this point we will run through a physical examination. You will be asked to get undressed down to your underwear, or if you would feel more comfortable, you are advised to bring shorts and a top. Your posture will be observed and we will assess how the different parts of your body are working together. Other relevant testing such as reflexes and blood pressure (the same as any doctor would undertake) will be done at this point.
After examination the Osteopath will explain their findings, diagnosis and proposed treatment plan. If for any reason they feel that osteopathic treatment is not appropriate for you, then they will refer you to your GP or another appropriate specialist. Your Osteopath will try and provide an idea of how many treatments may be required and over what period. However it is not always possible to be precise, particularly if the condition has been present for many years.
The rest of the consultation will involve hands on treatment tailored to your individual requirements. Treatment consists of soft tissue manipulation and stretching of the muscles, ligaments and joints. Dry needling techniques may be used if appropriate, as well as manipulations to ease any restrictions in the joints.
Following this, exercises and stretches may be recommended to be done at home, or your Osteopath may offer advice on posture, work and seating ergonomics.
Regulation of Osteopaths –
All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year for an annual licence to practice. As part of this process, GOsC checks that osteopaths have current professional indemnity insurance, remain in good health and character, and meet the mandatory continuing professional development requirements.
Osteopath Title Protection –
The title ‘osteopath’ is protected by law. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered by the GOsC, which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety. The GOsC can and will prosecute those who practise as osteopaths when they are not on the GOsC register.
Contact ‘The Carlton Clinic’ on 01293 784200 to book your Osteopath therapy session.
Treatments have helped me change my life around so much. I am no longer dependent on painkillers, I am able to practice pilates again, and certainly know where to come back with any issues in the future.Mrs Stevenson, Surrey
I am grateful to the osteopaths that helped me with my lower back, it seized whilst I was moving a pot plant and I was terrified I would have to take a lot of time off work. But the osteopaths understanding, reassurance and treatments helped to get me back to me!Mr. Mitchell, West Sussex
I brought my son in the Carlton Clinic at 6 weeks old for Cranial Osteopathy as he was very unsettled and often seemed uncomfortable. I am very glad and relieved to say I now have a very pleasant, happy little boy.Miss Jacob, West Sussex
The Carlton Clinic
80 Victoria Road
Opening Hours –
Mon – Fri
8am – 8pm
9am – 2pm