Alresford Osteopathic Practice

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Osteopathy is a statutorily regulated Primary Health Care Profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the body and the effects these disorders have on the function of the body in general health.

Osteopaths use their hands and highly developed sense of touch (palpation) to diagnose and treat problems in soft tissue, musculature and bone structure.

An osteopath recognises that problems in the structure of the body will impact on its function and vice versa, and treats with a view to optimising the overall dynamics, mobility and health of the body.

Osteopathy is a recognised system of diagnosis and treatment that focuses on the pain and disability suffered due to abnomalities in the body's musculo-skeletal system and its neurological, vascular and visceral interactions - as well as on damage caused by disease and extrinsic influences - in essence ‘structure governing function’. It seeks to treat injury, disease and disorder by enhancing the body's own natural ability to self-heal. It not only aims to correct problems identified but makes changes to the body and it’s function to prevent recurrence of the patient's symptoms.

Working together with the patient, we aim to identify influences that are causing the patient discomfort or pain. There are numerous possible causes, some within the body including stress, tension, poor posture or disturbed sleep. Others are external such as ergonomics at work, lack of exercise, poor car seats, or perhaps an uncomfortable sofa or an unsuitable mattress.

One of the most common compliants that causes patients to seek osteopathy treatment is back pain. However osteopathy can help with pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body too (ankles, knees, elbows, thorax, abdomen, pelvis & ribs, nerve entrapments and headaches - to name but a few). By improving sleep, increasing exercise, introducing breathing control and making postural corrections, a world of difference can be made to the patient's quality of life.


 

Conditions we treat include: Back Pain ~ Neck pain ~ Joint Pain ~ Sports Injury ~ Tendonitis ~ Repetitive Strain Injury ~ Headaches ~ Problems affecting Joints, Tendons, Muscles, Ligaments of the body ~ Postural advice and more.

FAQs

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Visiting an osteopath

When you first visit us, we will ask you about your current symptoms and medical history. We will conduct a routine examination and discuss with you what we believe is causing your symptoms and the best course of action to be taken. As part of your consultation we will examine the areas of your body causing discomfort. It may be necessary to ask you to remove some clothing. You are welcome to bring clothing such as shorts, t-shirt or close fitting garments to enable us to work effectively without making you feel uncomfortable.

We will be feeling for changes in your muscles and joints, assessing your posture and the way you move. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, so we may need to examine your whole body. We will use a wide range of gentle hands on techniques that focus on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising joints. This is often used together with exercise and advice designed to help you relieve or manage your pain, keep active and maintain the best of health.

How much do osteopathic treatments cost?

First consultation (approx 1 hour) £67 (Children £57)
Follow Up treatment (approx 30mins) £50 (Children £40)

Payments: cheques, cash, credit or debit card, payable on the day 

Most major health insurance policies provide cover for osteopathic treatment. However patients are reminded they are responsible for reimbursing the cost from their provider. Receipts are issued which can then be reimbursed by their health insurance provider.

Telephone consultation and home visits available on request.

Will I need my GP to refer me?

The majority of patients self-refer independently, so a formal letter of referral is not necessary. However it may be required by your health insurance policy, if they are funding your treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

Treatment is tailored to individual needs. We will give you an indication after your first visit and examination how many treatments are likely to be required. For some acute pain two to four treatments may be all that is necessary. Chronic conditions may need more work. An average is four to six sessions.

How do osteopaths work?

Osteopaths use their hands applying a wide range of treatment techniques. Gentle release techniques are widely used, particularly when treating children or elderly patients. Others include soft tissue techniques, passive joint mobilisation or the high velocity thrust techniques to improve mobility and range of movement of a joint.

Osteopathy treatment for back pain

As awareness of back pain is increasing, osteopathic treatment is fast becoming the preferred form of treatment. The Royal College of General Practitioners have published criteria for treating back pain in which osteopathy is highly recommended for effectiveness and high patient satisfaction. NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) also recommends the use of manual therapy including manipulation for non-specific low back pain.

What common conditions can oesteopathy help with?

The conditions advertising standards currently accepts that osteopaths can claim to treat, based on the evidence they have seen to date are listed below:

  • General acute and chronic backache
  • Back and Neck pain
  • Joint pains, including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis
  • Generalised aches and pains
  • Headache arising from the neck, and migraine prevention
  • Frozen shoulder and shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain and tennis elbow
  • Circulatory problems and cramp
  • Digestion problems
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neuralgia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Inability to relax
  • Rheumatic pain

If you have any questions regarding what and how osteopathy can help, please give us a call and we will be happy to help.

Osteopathy for pain relief

Pain is the body's natural defence warning that something is wrong. It’s important to take a proactive approach and not reactive. Osteopaths diagnose the cause of pain and can do much to reduce the level of your pain and recurrence.

Osteopathy and Sports Injuries

We offer comprehensive sports injury treatment. Whether for top-flight athlete, Saturday morning golfer, or exercising just for fitness & fun, osteopathy can provide practical and specialist help. This can be direct treatment intervention or advice on adequate warm up, stretching, exercises and hydrotherapy.

Osteopathy and Arthritis

Although arthritic changes are irreversible, osteopaths can help to relieve pain and improve the quality of life for arthritis sufferers. Many people still mistakenly assume that symptoms of arthritis are untreatable and that they must live with pain and stiffness. Much of an Osteopath's time is spent dealing with the pain and suffering caused to patients as a result of arthritis.

Cranial Osteopathy

This osteopathic technique uses highly refined touch (palpation) to detect disturbance throughout the body and helps release them using extremely gentle techniques. Being non-invasive, it’s particularly suited to babies and children, as well as the elderly, where a gentle approach is called for.

However, cranial osteopathy is suitable for all ages. It can be integrated into the treatment plan as appropriate for the individual, with many patients reporting a good improvement in their symptoms.

This gentle form of treatment is ideal for babies with sleeping difficulties, digestive problems, and irritability that may be musculoskeletal in nature. Areas of tension can often be found that can be addressed with cranial osteopathy or gentle musculoskeletal treatment.

Osteopathy and pregnancy

For mother-to-be, osteopathic treatment throughout pregnancy can help the body adapt to the changes which are taking place. It can help to relieve the aches and pains caused by the growth of the baby and the mother's reaction to this growth. Advice on changing posture to hold your body correctly through pregnancy is also important. During the first trimester manipulation is not generally recommended, but a range of other techniques can be used. Please feel free to discuss any questions you have with us.

Osteopathy at work

Common work-related conditions and how osteopathy can help

These range from repetitive strain injuries, some forms of headaches and stress, back & neck pain, manual handling/lifting injuries, 'computer hump', shoulder/arm pain & driving related complaints. Back pain is the most common cause of long-term absence among manual workers and a common cause of short-term absence (refer to the "Osteopathy treatment for back pain" section for more information).

Osteopathic treatment can help both the employee and the employer. Rapid access to an osteopath can prevent or reduce sickness absence and allow employees to benefit physically from early intervention.

Guidance on work station ergonomics, postural advice, manual handling advice, self-help exercises, and other management advice for reducing the risks of further future injuries can be invaluable.

Rapid recovery allows the employee an earlier return to work, and may avoid the employer failing to meet critical deadlines with subsequent losses to profits, custom and goodwill. For the employee minimising employment absenteeism reduces the risk of income loss and impaired career prospects.

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Alresford Osteopathic Practice
3 East Street
Alresford
SO24 9EE
 

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