We understand that some people may feel nervous about visiting an osteopath for the first time. You are welcome to bring a relative or friend with you.
Osteopathic treatment varies for every patient, the treatment which is appropriate for a healthy 20 year old may not be the same as that which is indicated for a healthy 80 year old.
Osteopathy is a primary care profession, focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders, and the effects of these conditions on patients general health and wellbeing.
Neil completely understood my problem with my back, after a few sessions I already felt better - I can now do things I would have never been able to do without his help.
Pure Osteopathy treat all types of musculoskeletal problems as well as some other condition. Here is a small sample of some of the conditions we treat:
When visiting an osteopath you will be asked about the history of your current complaint, your past medical history, your family history and your current lifestyle, hobbies, sports, occupation, etc. Some of these questions may initially appear irrelevant but they are vital in providing a full picture of all the factors which may be causing your symptoms.
Following this the osteopath will usually perform a physical examination (which may require you to undress to your underwear or sutable shorts or leggins) where your posture, mobility and muskuloskeletal function will be evaluated.In addition, a number of further special tests relevant to your condition may be conducted. Osteopaths are trained to examine areas of the body using a highly developed sense of touch, known as palpation, to determine conditions and identify the bodys' points of weakness or excessive strain. Once the examination is complete the osteopath with either be able to reach a diagnosis, or in a small number of cases, refer you for further investigation or tests. The diagnosis will be explained to you prior to treatment.
The osteopath will discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition effectivley. If the osteopath thinks that your condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment you will be advised about how to seek further care. Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a G.P.
Osteopathic treatment varies for every patient, the treatment which is appropriate for a healthy 20 year old may not be the same as that which is indicated for a healthy 80 year old. Treatment usually consists of soft tissue massage, mobilization or traction of joints and manipulation. Osteopathic manipulation is a small precise movement applied to a joint.
This often causes a 'click' or popping sound as the joint surfaces are separated slightly. This response allows for a reduction of local muscle spasm and an increase in the range of movement within the joint. It also results in improvement in circulation and drainage of the surrounding area. Patients are encouraged to ask questions about their problem or treatment as this help them understand the condition they have, and in turn can speed up thier recovery. At any time pateints can withdraw there consent to treatment.
Osteopathy is a primary care profession, focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders, and the effects of these conditions on patients general health and wellbeing. As osteopaths we aim to adopt this focus. We view patients individually, not just people with a specific pain, but rather as an individuals with there own unique requirements for health.
Osteopaths do not simply treat the symptoms but also try to identify as many factors contributing to a disturbed state of natural health as possible. Pain can develop when there is an imbalance within the musculoskeletal system. It is the osteopaths job to identify why this imbalance has developed and to restore normal function. This is achieved through osteopathic treatment, advice on posture and lifestyle, and through prescribed stretching and strengthening exercises.
All registered osteopaths practicing in the UK have completed rigorous training. Studends of osteopathy follow a four or five year degree course, during which they study anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, nutrition and biomechanics. In addition they undergo a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical training. Qualification usually takes the form of a bachelor's degree in osteopathy.
In 1993, osteopathy become the first major complimentary health care profession to be granted statutory recognition under the 1993 osteopaths Act. This culminated in the opening of the statutory Register of Osteopaths, by the General Osteopathic Council (GosC) in 1998. Osteopaths are required to undertake lifelong learning through mandatory continuing professional development.
Medici Medial Practice
3 Windsor Street
Luton, LU1 3UA
Treatment from £38
Initial Consultation from £45
The Hertfordshire Clinic
Art School Yard
St Albans, Al1 3YS