Osteopathy recognises that much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in the body’s structure and function. Osteopaths diagnose and treat problems with muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints to help the body’s natural healing ability. Treatment involves gentle manual techniques, easing pain, reducing swelling and improving mobility. Sometimes, though less often these days, manipulation is required. This is painless but can result in an audible ‘pop’. This is simply the sound of gas bubbles in the joint fluid, and is not the sound of bones cracking together as some people believe!
At The Walsingham Clinic our Osteopaths prefer a gentle approach, using massage, functional and cranial techniques where appropriate. Ultrasound can also be used for some conditions like acute tendonitis and RSI.
Osteopathy is most commonly used for back pain, which usually results from mechanical disturbances of the spine – postural strains, joint derangements and spinal disc injuries. Osteopathy is a particularly successful treatment for these problems.
However Osteopathy is used to treat a range of other issues as well, particularly headaches which can be caused by tension and stiffness in the neck, and it can help reduce pain and stiffness in the less acute stages of arthritis. Osteopathy can also be used to treat work-related health problems, such as RSI.
Osteopaths are self-regulated by the General Osteopathic Council, which has a strict code of conduct and requires all Osteopaths to carry out Continuing Professional Development annually.
Kevin treats a broad spectrum of patients and conditions. From the young to elderly-work related problems to sports injuries. Using a combination of gentle traditional osteopathic as well as ‘western’ acupuncture where appropriate he often sees acute cases as well as those seeking management of long term problems .
Private patient Fees (from December 1st 2016): Initial Consultation, with assessment and treatment, £45.00 ( please allow 45 mins )
All follow up treatments are £35.00 ( allow 30 mins ) Some concessionary rates are available for children and in certain special circumstances.
Your GP may refer you for back or neck treatment as an NHS patient
Jodi Capleton BSc (HONS) OST MED, ND