Osteopathy Is A Whole Body Treatment Approach For Acute And Chronic Pain.
If you are in pain, are concerned about your structural health or simply need to be checked over, then Osteopathy is the therapy for you.
Here in North Finchley we see people for all sorts of different reasons. The most common is because of pain.
There are two types of pain; acute pain and chronic pain.
Acute pain is when you have gone to pick something up and your back has just “gone”, when you’re out running and roll over on your ankle causing instant pain and swelling.
Chronic pain is a problem you have had for a long time, a niggle that you can’t get rid of or a postural problem following years of slouching at your desk.
How Will An Osteopath Benefit Me?
Your osteopath will be able to understand the mechanism of your injury and what it is doing to your body when you present to them. The osteopath will assess you and treat you in the most appropriate way to allow better movement and a reduction in pain.
The most common conditions we see include;
- Muscular Tension
- Persistent Pain
- Disc Injuries/ “Slipped Discs”
- Trapped Nerves such as Sciatic Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Running Injuries
- Postural Problems
- Arthritic Pain
The conditions listed above are just a handful of things that an osteopathic practitioner may deal with. The aim of the osteopath is not just to treat the symptoms of the problem, but to find the cause of the problem too.
If you are suffering from pain and you are looking for some form of relief then we may be able to help you, so give us a call to discuss your issue and we will let you know the best course of action to take for you.
What Is An Osteopath?
Essentially, an osteopath is a specialist in the structural aspects of the human body.
Osteopaths undergo a 4 year full time medical study covering all aspects from, anatomy and physiology to pharmacology and pathology.
When an osteopath graduates they are competent in recognizing what is safe to treat and what is not and your osteopath will know when further investigation is needed.
What Does An Osteopath Do To Treat Me?
The techniques and equipment osteopaths use varies throughout the profession. Here in North Finchley we use a very structural approach, using hands on techniques such as;
- Osteopathic Massage
- Joint Mobilisations
- Joint Stretches
- Joint Manipulations
- Rock Taping
The techniques we choose to use to treat you will depend on what your body needs or will respond best to at that time.
If you’re in absolute agony, the last thing we are going to do is strong deep tissue massage work because it would make you worse for example.
Some people don’t like the idea of manipulations (clicking), so to us there is no point trying to convince someone to have it done because it will only make that person tense up and become anxious about what’s about to happen, so in situations like that we simply wouldn’t do it.
Our Osteopaths here in North Finchley are very structural in their approach and are experienced in treating a wide variety of conditions and regions of the body.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
The number of sessions you need will depend on your problem and how long you have had it. Your osteopath will tell you how many sessions you are likely going to need based on their clinical judgement.
One session is never enough to fix anyone. We are not miracle workers, so don’t expect to be out of pain and back to 100% in one session. Based on our experience, you will need a consultation and at least one follow up appointment at the least.
Please be advised that we recommend when you should come back for a follow up appointment based on out clinical skill and experience. If you do not follow our advice your recovery may be affected.
How Much Do Osteopathy Sessions Cost?
Your first appointment is £60.
Your first appointment lasts 1 hour and includes a full medical history, assessment and treatment.
Follow Up appointments are £45.
Follow Up appointments involve a short catch up followed by re-assessment and treatment.
What Should I Do Now?
If you’re in pain, whether acute pain or chronic pain, don’t leave it any longer.
Call us today on 0203 356 7060 to make an appointment with an osteopath.