All About osteopathy

What is ostepathy

• Osteopaths believe everyone can benefit from a tailored, whole-person approach to health.What do osteopaths do?• Osteopaths are experts in the musculoskeletal (MSK) system.• They focus on releasing tension, improving mobility and optimising function.• They will also provide useful health advice and exercise if required.How can Osteopaths help?• People commonly visit osteopaths for MSK conditions, such as back, neck, joint, muscle and arthritic discomfort.• Osteopaths have a well-deserved, evidence-based reputation.What do We Treat?• Osteopathy is a system of assessing, diagnosing, treating and preventing a wide range of health problems.• Osteopaths are commonly known for treating back pain and postural problems.Training and registration• Osteopaths are regulated by law and recognised as an allied health profession by NHS England.• By law, an osteopath must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council to practise in the UK


About osteopathy

* Osteopaths believe everyone can benefit from a tailored, whole-person approach to health.* Osteopaths provide safe, effective treatment and care that aims to promote the health of patients.* Using manual therapy, health advice and sometimes exercise, tailored to the needs of the individual.What do osteopaths do?* Osteopaths will use a wide variety of gentle hands-on techniques that focus on releasing tension.* They take the time to understand each patient – your unique combination of symptoms, medical history and lifestyle.How can osteopaths help?* People commonly visit osteopaths for MSK conditions, such as back, neck, joint, muscle and arthritic discomfort.* Osteopaths have a well-deserved, evidence-based reputation for expertise in the treatment of these conditions.Training and registration* Osteopaths are regulated by law and recognised as an allied health profession by NHS England.* By law, an osteopath must be registered with the General Os

Initial Consultation

What will happen at the first appointment?
We will take a thorough case history, speak about any medical conditions you may have and discuss your current presentation/reason for visiting us. We will then go through an active and a passive examination where we are able to assess how your body is moving and where we will be able to help. We will explain our findings and how we would like to treat. If you are happy to go ahead we will then treat at the initial appointment. About iO Members* iO is the professional membership organisation for osteopaths.* It represents over two-thirds of registered UK osteopaths in the UK.* We are passionate about raising the profile of the profession.


What is a sports massage?
* Sports massage is a deep form of soft tissue mobilisation.* A sports massage can be applied in a sporting and non-sporting context.
Who should be treated?
* Sports massages are not limited to athletes.* The remedial effects of sports massage are beneficial post-surgery.* Sports massage is effective as a performance enhancement.* It is a massage treatment appropriate to all.What techniques are used in a sports massage?* Common massage techniques used during a sports massage include:* Effleurage can be performed both superficially and deep.* It creates a calming, relaxing effect both physiologically and psychologically.* Sports massage is also used as a connecting technique.* Kneading involves lifting, squeezing and moving tissues.* Pressure speeds up the flow of blood through the vessels.* Wringing is a manipulation used commonly in a sports massage.* Tissues are lifted away from the bone and pushed from side to side.* The alternate squeezing and releasing action increases circulation.* Hacking is part of the percussion massage techniques used in a sports massage.* The border of the hands is used to strike the tissues in a light, springy, brisk way.* Sports massage aims to deactivate trigger points, relieve pain and muscle tightness.* Pressure is applied directly to trigger points to help diminish pain.When can a sports massage help?* Sports massage is an effective treatment used to relieve tight muscles.* A sports massage helps reduce delayed onset muscle soreness.* DOMS can be the result of minor muscle or connective tissue damage.* A sports massage helps treat DOMS by reducing muscles spasm.* Sports massages are an effective tool to integrate into a training programme.* A sports massage helps the body recover from the stresses of exercise.* Sports massage helps after a sporting event such as a 10k run.* Sports massage also helps after workouts or gym classes.* Sports massage is used as part of a warm up for the muscles prior to exercise.* A sports massage focuses on enhancing circulation, increasing tissue elasticity and reducing muscle tension.* Sports massage is also used to help relieve tight muscles.* Muscle tightness can limit flexibility, increase pain and cause future injuries.What are the physiological effects of a sports massage?* During a sports massage there are many physiological effects.* Break down of adhesion’s* Promotion of relaxation* Venous return is the rate of blood flow returning back to the heart.* The increased rate of venous return is dependent on the pressure exerted by the contraction of muscles on the veins.* Sports massage generates heat in the tissues through fiction of hands moving over the surface of the skin.* The friction between the tissues as the move against each other create the dilation of vessels.* Sports massage can increase lymphatic drainage to an area.* Lymphatic drainage removes waste products and toxins from the body.* Sports massage can increase tissue elasticity.* Muscle bundles are separated and stretched which increases flexibility.* Sports massage can help break down adhesions within the muscles.* Adhesions are formed as part of the inflammatory healing process.* Scar tissue is the result of a past injury or over-use.* Scar tissue forms tight, inflexible tissue which interferes with normal movement.* Deep massage techniques will break down or improve the flexibility of scar tissue.* Sports massage techniques promote the feeling of relaxation.* Slow effleurage techniques are a soothing effect.What are the benefits of a sports massage?* Sports massage has many benefits.* The benefits of a sports massage include:* Sports massage is effective to reduce DOMS.* Muscle soreness can occur both during exercise and after a delay.* Sports massage is beneficial to decreasing pain.* The touch of massage interferes with pain signals by sending other signals along the same nerves.* Massage also stimulates morphine-like substances.* Sports massage is used to increase flexibility in soft tissues.* Knots and tightness can form within muscles that can make flexibility difficult.* Massage can help maintain flexibility by increasing blood circulation and stretching tissue fibers.* A sports massage can help assist in the recovery process after an injury.* Increased blood circulation delivers oxygen and nutrients to an area.* Sports massage is very beneficial to maximising performance.* A sports massage helps the body recover after exercise, serves as injury prevention and psychologically prepares the mental state.* Sports massage is effective for relieving muscle tension.* A constant build-up of tension in the muscles can lead to stresses on the joints and soft tissues.Summary

Initial consultation

1 hour £65

Sports Massage

30 mins £45
45 mins £55
1h £65
1h 30 mins £95

Follow Up

40 mins £50

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