Osteopathy


Osteopath Kent

Do you suffer from any of the following?

  • Back or neck pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Postural/work related problems
  • Stiff & painful joints
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Pre/post pregnancy related discomfort

Osteopathy could be what you’re looking for! 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 well-being 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.

Regulation of Osteopaths
All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the GOsC, which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety.

Osteopathy is a primary care profession, focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders, and the effects of these conditions on patient’s general health.

Using many of the diagnostic procedures applied in conventional medical assessment, osteopaths seek to restore the optimal functioning of the body, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the body has the ability to heal, and osteopathic care focuses on strengthening the musculoskeletal systems to treat existing conditions and to prevent illness.

Osteopaths’ patient-centred approach to health and well-being means they consider symptoms in the context of the patient’s full medical history, as well as their lifestyle and personal circumstances. This holistic approach ensures that all treatment is tailored to the individual patient.

At the first consultation, the osteopath will compile a full case history of your symptoms, as well as asking for information about your lifestyle and diet. The osteopath may also observe you making some simple movements to help them make a diagnosis. You will usually be asked to remove some clothing near the area of the body to be examined.

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 body’s points of weakness or excessive strain. Osteopathy is a ‘package’ of care that includes skilled mobilising and manipulative techniques, reinforced by guidance on diet and exercise.

The osteopath will discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition effectively. 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 GP.

In general, the first treatment lasts about 45 minutes, and subsequent treatments around half an hour. Your first appointment is usually slightly longer to allow for a full case history to be taken.
Commonly treated conditions include back and neck pain, postural problems, sporting injuries, muscle and joint deterioration, restricted mobility and occupational ill-health.
Most patients ‘self refer’ to an osteopath for treatment. Although referral by a GP is not necessary, patients are encouraged to keep both their GP and osteopath fully informed, so that their medical records are current and complete and the patient receives the best possible care from both healthcare practitioners.
All osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council. You can use the on-line Register at www.osteopathy.org.uk to check if your health professional is currently registered.

Here you’ll find some of the wonderful things people have said concerning our Kent Osteopathy service.

Back injury

I was initially treated by the osteopath after I damaged my back whilst training (rowing). The treatment I received was so effective I was able to race three weeks later. I have since received treatment on a regular basis – more as a prevention rather than a cure and this has been invaluable. The mixture of the treatment sessions, exercise advice and stretches have strengthened my back enormously and I now see the appointments as necessary rather than a luxury !

Charlene, Kent

Sally’s treatment got me through the London marathon in a great time! I suffered with really tight Achilles and ITB. The mixture of treatment and advice she gave on stretching and heat/ice was fantastic! I would recommend Sally to anyone who has any injury or niggle! She also gave amazing massages during my pregnancy!

Jennifer, Kent

Sally is the 4th emergency service! Her knowledge and perception of the true origins of problems means that she gets results. Monthly MOTs and servicing keeps me running smoothly!

Tristen, Kent
*Please note: results may vary individually.
Treatment Price Per Session
Osteopathy consult & treatment• Full clinical assessment
• Full medical history
• Posture analysis
• Presenting complaint analysis
£50
Follow-up sessions £40
Sports massage £38
Personalised Pilates coaching £38
Rehabilitation & sports therapy £38


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