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Osteopathy

Patients of all ages can benefit from osteopathy, each treatment is tailored entirely to the individual.

What is Osteopathy?

 

Osteopathy is a form of non-invasive, hands-on manual therapy that focuses on the total health of the body by treating the musculoskeletal framework (bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue). This is in order to positively affect the natural function of multiple systems of the body, which may be causing a wide range of symptoms.

Osteopaths are trained to recognise structural imperfections and restrictions in mobility which are sometimes of very small magnitude, and may be overlooked by other types of practitioners. Sometimes these structural imperfections can be corrected by simple stretching or manipulating of the soft tissues. In other cases they require mobilising techniques for their correction.

These osteopathic manoeuvres are usually gentle and seldom painful depending on the restriction.

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, pelvis or even your feet!

Patients of all ages can benefit from osteopathy, each treatment is tailored entirely to the individual.

Osteopathy in Horley and Crawley, Surrey.
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“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 occurring.”

General Osteopathic Council – GOsC website 2017

How can osteopathy help you?

 

Osteopathy can help with, but is not limited to, the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Our treatment aims to alleviate pain associated with sudden acute injuries, all the way through to chronic and overuse related conditions.

Below is a list of conditions we commonly see in practice and you’ll see that it’s not just back pain!

Arthritic pain

Lower back pain (+/- Sciatica)

Upper neck and back pain

Fibromyalgia

Joint pain, including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis

Frozen shoulder/shoulder and elbow pain/tennis elbow arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck

Muscle spasm

Sports injuries and tensions

Repetitive strain injuries (RSI)

Rheumatic pain

Stiffness associated with ageing

Nerve pain (neuralgia)

Digestive problems

Circulatory problems

Migraine prevention

Inability to relax

Musculoskeletal symptoms associated with chronic conditions eg. osteoarthritis and asthma

Get in touch

If you are uncertain whether osteopathy can help with your particular complaint, just give us a call on 01293 784200 or send us an email for some friendly advice.

What to 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 may be asked to get undressed down to your underwear, or if you would feel more comfortable, you are advised to bring shorts/leggings 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 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 generally 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 (HVT’s) 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.

Justin Robinson

Justine Robinson, Registered Osteopath

Price list

For osteopathy appointments

Initial treatment

£55

Continuing treatment

£45

Osteopathic massage

£50

30 minutes

Osteopathic massage

£60

45 minutes

Osteopathic massage

£70

60 minutes

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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.
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.

What our patients say

“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

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