Osteopathy

A treatment room in Bexley Complementary Health Clinic

About Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well.  So 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 recurring.

What to Expect

A visit to an Osteopath will begin with a full medical history being taken.  This will include information about past illnesses, surgery and your present health.  There will be particular emphasis placed on any mechanical or joint problems that you may have.

With your consent an examination will follow where you will be asked to remove some clothing in order for the Osteopath to make a full assessment of your mobility and decide which joints and muscles are involved.  If necessary and with your permission, the Osteopath will liaise with your doctor or other healthcare professional to request further tests or investigations.

Treatment is usually a comfortable and pleasant experience and can include rhythmic stretching, massage and specific manipulation.  The osteopath will decide on which techniques best suit your condition.

The amount of treatments required will also depend on the type of problem being treated and this will be explained to you by your osteopath.

Treatment is covered by most private health insurers, subject to individual policy terms and GP referral. Please ask for details.

FAQ's

Some of our most frequently asked questions and answers

The first consultation and treatment will last up to 1 hour. Subsequent visits will be 30 mins.

During the consultation / treatment your osteopath may need to perform various clinical tests such as blood pressure, neurological tests, abdominal examination and tests related to your respiratory and cardiac systems.

1 hour consultation / treatment: £55.00

30 mins treatment: £45.00

Payment is by cash or by cheque.

What is Treated?

Osteopathy is by nature a manual therapy working with the structure and function of the body.  Techniques that are used include touch, physical manipulation, gently rhythmic stretching and soft tissue massage.

It is commonly used to treat people with many varied conditions including:

  • Arthritic pain
  • Muscle spasms / Injury
  • Inability to relax
  • Digestive problems
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • Osteoarthritis of the hip and knee
  • Acute / chronic neck pain
  • Migraine
  • Rheumatic Pain
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Knee pain
  • Whiplash Associated disorders
  • Circulatory problems
  • Sciatica
  • Cramp
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Disc injuries
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