- Mobilisation and rhythmic movement of a joint help to restore mobility.
- Manipulation which can be used to improve the range of motion and relieve pain.
- Stretching and tissue release may relax and help improve overall function in your muscles.
- Deep tissue massage aligns muscle fibres, improves circulation as well as reducing inflammation and improving healing.
- MET (muscle energy technique) is particularly subtle and may ease stiffness and contribute to better stability and the range of motion in a joint.
Balanced Ligamentous Tension
A form of functional osteopathy where an impairment in a joint is treated by rebalancing the relationship between the ligaments that protect them.
This traditional approach involves a systematic routine of ‘Total Body Adjustment’, whereby the major joints are rhythmically articulated in order to address all those areas presenting pain and discomfort. Gentle manipulations may be combined with this treatment.
Initial consultation (usually lasting 1 hour)
Joanna will listen to you describe your complaint and thoroughly explore your symptoms, case history and previous medical history.
Following an osteopathic assessment of your posture and mobility, Joanna will suggest a diagnosis for your presentation and explain a management plan with options for a treatment approach. Importantly, this will include an explanation and of your discomfort or pain and its possible cause. Osteopaths arrive at this diagnosis using their knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and pathology; then consider it in relation to your life and its demands on the body in terms of your job, sports, hobbies and activities and also the stresses and strains of everyday life.
The initial consultation will involve the measurement of blood pressure, and may include testing of your reflexes etc. to assist in an accurate diagnosis. An idea of the number of treatments should also be included, however, this depends on your presentation, condition and how you respond. Joanna prefers to advise you on this when you meet.
Ideally, your osteopathic assessment will be made with you in your underwear, so that the associated joints and how your whole body moves can be assessed in relation to your complaint. It is essential you feel comfortable, however, so bring a pair of shorts to wear, if you would prefer.
Do bring someone to accompany you to this session if you like. Individuals below the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Please bring any medical reports and scans relating to your complaint with details of any medication you take to this session. This includes any orthotics or braces you wear. You should have time for treatment. It may not always be possible to treat you at this first session as it maybe necessary to refer you to your GP arrange for an ultrasound, MRI or X-RAY, or, see another healthcare professional. Osteopaths are trained to recognise conditions that require referral for further investigation.
Follow up treatments (45 minutes approx)
After an update on your progress and appropriate re-evaluation, these sessions focus on treatment address your symptoms and alleviating your pain and discomfort. The diagnosis may be reviewed and the aims of the treatment re-orientated.
Importantly, you will be provided with exercises and advice to carry-out between treatments intended to help you return to normal. Please keep a note of your progress between sessions to discuss at your next appointment.