What is required for a home visit?
All you need is suitable space for a lightweight treatment table that will be brought and set up. This allows the best treatment to be given and will be the same as if attending a clinic.
Some patients prefer not to have a treatment plinth brought along and prefer to sit is a suitable chair or lie on their bed or on the floor to receive treatment. This is absolutely fine and a good deal of treatment can be given like this, however I may not be able to apply some techniques in these positions.
For some assesments and treatments it may be asked that you remove clothing from the relevent area, however this is entirely up to the patient and often treatment can be given with light or sports clothing being worn.
What to expect at an appointment?
I will begin by getting to understand your symptoms, general health and medical history. I will then carry out the relevant physical examination to better understand the problem area (this may include medical tests). I will observe your posture and simple movements to help assess how your body is functioning. Once a diagnosis is made treatment options will be offered and discussed to best suit your specific condition and your preferences. Various treatments will then be given to most effectively treat the pain and condition and / or to to provide relaxation and optimisation. An example treatment may include osteopathic massage techniques, joint mobilizations, joint manipulation techniques, muscle stretching and / or medical acupuncture as required. Sport massage and deep tissue massage is also an available option.
I will aim to make you feel as comfortable as possible and will always explain what is required and gain your consent before performing any examination or treatment. You may be asked to remove the necessary clothing to allow examination and treatment of the problem area as long as you are comfortable doing this. For more information about this please email, text or call.
Is treatment painful?
Treatment for the most part should be relaxing, enjoyable and pain relieving, especially with osteopathic techniques such as articulation and refined soft tissue treatments.
Deep tissue massage techniques may feel quite intense but the feeling should always have a quality of 'good pain' or 'healing pain' and I will regularly ask about how you are feeling and responding while these techniques are applied.
It is not unusual to experience an increased degree of soreness for a day or two after treatment similar to that felt after unaccustomed exercise, but this should ease quickly as healing takes place. Often the application of ice and/ or heat is enough to quickly resolve any soreness within 12 - 24 hours.
Rarely, patients may have an unexpected reaction to some forms of treatment such as short term increased pain or pain in an area they did not have before visiting the clinic. If this happens I will always offer the necessary advice to alleviate the problem as soon as possible.
A short term increase in pain usually happens due to the complex nature of our bodies and of osteopathic treatment itself. Often the initial pain requiring treatment originates from other areas of the body that were not painful but required treatment. Some patients may go through a process of healing and recovery over several week, but the long term improvements will be worth any short term increase in discomfort, and this will always be carefully discussed before any treatment goes ahead.
What type of patients and age groups do you treat?
I treat a wide range of patients from young to old and use an adaptive treatment approach to suit the individual, situation, specific needs and requirements of the appointment.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
No, you do not need a referral from your GP, however you may wish to talk to your doctor if you are concerned about whether osteopathic treatment is right for your condition. If MRI scans are needed as part of your osteopathic consultation the osteopath may refer you to your GP for these to be arranged.
Are you Insured and Qualified
Yes, osteopaths are highly trained, over a 4 or 5 year degree program at 1 of 7 accredited colleges in the UK. Osteopaths have to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council who ensure safe, effective and trusted professional conduct.
How manys treatments will I need?
This comes down to what you are seeking treatment for including the type of pain and symptoms that you have, how the symtoms came about, the length of time you have had the problem, and other factors such as ongoing work, sports, stress and lifestyle factors.
Patients with acute conditions (less than 2 month onset) usually experience a significant improvement after 2 - 4 treatments and sometimes 1 visit is all it takes to break a pain cycle and restore natural healing.
Treatments are then usually spaced to fortnightly or monthly while the remaining healing takes place and to make sure problems don't reoccur. These appointments will continue until a complete resolution is obtained, usually 2-4 follow-up sessions are required.
Once significant improvement or resolution of the symptomatic area has taken place I recommend 3 to 6 monthly check up and maintence appointments to keep on top of problems before they become persistent pain cycles once more.
For long term chronic pain conditions (2 months onset or more) treatment responce will need to be monitored from session to session to assess progress and to determine the best treatment program. Usually the longer you have had the conditon the longer it takes to bring symtoms under control and to restore healing and function, and prognosis and treatment plans will be discussed after your initial consultation and examination.
I also have patients who visit the clinic every 1 to 2 weeks, fo regular ongoing treatment due to long term chronic pain & stress conditions, and who may have physical or strenuous employment or lifestyles. These patients require regular treatment to help manage and relieve pain so that they can enjoy a good quality of life.
What is the difference between osteopathy, physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment?
It could be said that osteopathic treatment falls in between physiotherapy and chiropractic, employing elements of both for effective all round treatment. Physiotherapy tends to prescribe more strengthening exercises and offers less hands on treatment than osteopathy and physical therapists often have a different view and understanding of the problem and how to treat it.
Chiropractic treatment on the other hand primarily uses spinal manipulation (joint popping and cracking) to treat patients, and again have a different philosophy for treatment and treatment rationale.
Like all therapies each individual practitioner of a particular discipline such as osteopathy or chiropractic will use different styles, approaches and techniques often based on their training and background, personal strengths and weaknesses and how efficient they are at applying each technique effectively to best treat their patients.
However broadly speaking osteopaths apply a wider range of styles and techniques than chiropractors or physiotherapists as they are trained in refined soft and deep tissue release techniques, combined with osteopathic articulation as well as joint and spinal manipulation techniques when required. Because of this osteopaths often require a longer appointment time between 45 minutes to 1 hour to effectively apply the necessary therapy.
Osteopaths are also highly trained in prescribing exercise and rehabilitation plans and this often goes hand in hand with direct treatment for optimal healing and long lasting recovery.
How will treatment help me?
A wide range of techniques and approaches can be used to be able to most effectively treat many conditions that I see each day.
I use a combination of specific deep tissue therapy that inhibits, stretches and reconditions overactive, painful muscles. This type of treatment is especially effective when combined with osteopathic techniques that mobilise and realign the joints of the body and the spine to encourage optimal vascular and neurological healing.
If you would like to know more about how treatment can help with your particular condition or symptoms please get in touch by phone, text or email or book a consultation.r book a consultation.