- 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.
There are a number of reasons why people seek osteopathic treatment, they may have never heard of us or what we do. It could be a friend or member of the family has visited and benefitted from osteopathic treatment, or, more commonly someone you know might be struggling and you wish to help them by making recommendation to see an osteopath. If in doubt, you can book a short consultation with Joanna on the website, to chat on the phone or pop into the clinic for a short discussion.
- You may have concerns regarding aches and pains that won’t go away. Joanna sees many people with persistent pain, by exploring your experiences with her you can tap into a wealth of knowledge and hints and tips for managing conditions and minimising their effects.
- You may be of any age and have one of the 200 forms of arthritis which can be restricting daily life and osteopathic treatment may help you.
- You may have heard of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis and are not sure of the difference and wether these conditions might be affecting you.
Joanna can carry-out a FRAX ® assessment which is a screening tool for osteoporosis, discuss this with you and provide appropriate information, help and guidance.
- To receive advice on getting active. Getting started and knowing how much to do. How to prepare for moving more and avoid strains or sprains.
- It could be an injury or long-term pain is preventing you from doing this, getting enjoying the things you used to do.
- Ideas for keeping healthy at work. Many of us spend extended hours working at a desk using a computer, or, are involved in more physically demanding occupations. It is surprising how a problem shared often results in simple adaptations to minimize work stresses and strains.
- Stress, anxiety and sleeplessness maybe consequences of long-term health and musculo-skeletal problems, Joanna’s advice and different treatments may help you.