A Personal Approach
Ostopathic care usually involves hands on treatment. We use a variety of techniques. Soft tissue techniques include different types of massage and can range from gentle touch to firmer deep tissue massage. Articulatory techniques take your joints through a passive range of movement and are used to help improve the range and quality of motion available in the joint. Thrust techniques may be used to relieve pain and improve movement in an area, these are the techniques that can sometimes cause a clicking noise to come from the joints. Each technique will be clearly described and we will agree on a treatment plan using techniques you are comfortable with.
During your first appointment we will give you a prognosis and how many treatments you are likely to need. You won't be signed up to a prolonged treatment plan and will be reassessed at every follow up to ensure the treatment is progressing as anticipated.
There are different lengths of follow up treatment available depending on your individual requirements. We may recommend some exercises or lifestyle changes in order to prevent reoccurrence of your symptoms and improve your health and wellbeing.
TRAINING AND REGULATION
Osteopaths have to complete training to a minimum of degree level. The masters course (MOst) takes 4 years and includes anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology nutrition and biomechanics . It is also necessary to complete 1000 hours of clinical practice before graduating. Following graduation Osteopaths must complete 30 hours of professional training each year to maintain their registration status. In the UK they are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council which prevents people claiming to be an osteopath without the proper training.
ASSESSMENT & DIAGNOSIS
Your first appointment will involve a detailed case history to understand your story. We will ask lots of questions, and some may not seem directly related to the reason you came in, but it is an important part of making an accurate diagnosis.
We will then examine the areas of discomfort which means looking at how your body moves, feeling for areas of stiffness and if necessary we may do special tests such as checking your blood pressure or testing your reflexes.
To carry out a thorough examination we need to see the parts of the body we are treating, and this usually requires you to remove some clothing. You may feel more comfortable bringing shorts to wear, but please be assured we will strive to maintain your modesty at all times.
Everything will be explained clearly and you can ask questions at any stage during the process.
We take the time to understand the root of your problem in order to provide the best and most effective treatment.
Osteopathy is a safe and effective form of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of health concerns. We look at the relationship between structure and function and aim to help your body find it's natural balance by working with the musculoskeletal system (that is the bones, joints and muscles).
We provide a treatment plan unique to you which usually involves hands on treatment, exercise and lifestyle advice.
Osteopathy is suitable for almost everyone, from babies to the elderly, from elite sports people to desk workers, pregnant women to manual labourers. We have a broad approach and will treat you according to your individual needs.
Osteopaths undergo extensive training and know when to refer you on appropriately if it is not something we can help with.
We treat neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, arm and leg pain, recurrent headaches, sports injuries and arthritic pain.
Rest assured you're in safe hands.
I started my manual therapy career as a holistic massage therapist in 2004, running an on-site massage company and treatment room in London. I then qualified as a sports massage therapist before starting my Osteopathy masters degree at the British School of Osteopathy (now the UCO) in London. I moved back to Scotland in 2016 and am currently working in Falkirk and Edinburgh.
I am a member of the Institute of Osteopathy, fully insured and registered with the General Osteopathic Council.