Are you suffering with Pain?
Have you seen an Osteopath?
We all feel pain from time to time. When someone injures themselves, specific nerves recognise this as pain, which in turn triggers the body’s repair mechanism. As the problem resolves, the pain tends to improve and usually disappears within 3-6 months. This type of pain could be argued to be beneficial: if it hurts, you are likely to try and avoid doing whatever it is that has caused the pain in the future, so you are less likely to injure yourself in that way again.
Occasionally the pain continues even after tissue healing has finished. When pain continues after this point, it becomes known as persistent (or is sometimes referred to as chronic) pain. This type of pain is not beneficial and is a result of the nerves becoming over-sensitised, which means that a painful response will be triggered much more easily than normal. This can be unpleasant, but doesn’t necessarily mean that you are doing yourself any harm simply by moving.
Persistent pain is very common and effects over 14 million people in the UK alone. It often does not respond to conventional medical interventions and needs a different kind of approach, but there are many things that you can do to manage your pain yourself with the support of your osteopath, your family and loved-ones. Keeping active, performing exercises and stretches can help, learning to pace your activities so that you don’t trigger a flare-up of your pain as well as setting goals and priorities are all very important and can help you to maintain a fulfilling lifestyle.
For more information on how to manage your persistent pain, speak to your osteopath
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms
Here are some examples where Osteopathy can help:
Working towards Healing
What to expect
When you first visit an osteopath, you’ll be asked about your current symptoms and medical history. This will
help them to make an accurate diagnosis. It is natural to worry about what may be causing your symptoms and your osteopath will always discuss your concerns as part of your consultation. They will also conduct a routine examination to check for more serious conditions and advise you of any further action that might be required. All information will be treated as confidential in accordance with standards of practice set out by the General Osteopathic Council and the Data Protection Act 1998. After an initial examination, your osteopath will discuss treatment options with you, to jointly decide upon an appropriate treatment plan and the likely associated costs. Dependant on your case, your osteopath may suggest that you seek further tests before your first treatment, for example blood tests or scans. They may also recommend that you consult your GP or another appropriate healthcare professional for onward care. YOUR TREATMENT Osteopathic care is based on the individual needs of the patient and so varies depending on your age, fitness levels and diagnosis. Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle hands on techniques that focus on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising joints. This is often used together with exercise and helpful advice designed to help you relieve or manage your pain, keep active and maintain the best of health. Occasionally osteopathic techniques can result in an audible ‘click’, this is perfectly normal. Research has shown that manipulations can have beneficial effects, especially for back pain, helping you to return to ordinary movement and activity. The health risks associated with having osteopathic treatment are extremely low. If you have any concerns about your treatment, we encourage you to raise these with your osteopath who will be happy to discuss these with you. Most osteopaths will begin your treatment at your first appointment – you may experience mild discomfort afterwards, but in most cases this will resolve within 24 hours. Treatment may require several visits and, very occasionally, further tests and/or referrals to other appropriate health care professionals. You’re more than welcome to bring someone with you to your consultation. THE ASSESSMENT As part of your consultation your osteopath will examine the area(s) of your body causing discomfort and may undertake tests such as taking your blood pressure or testing your reflexes. It may be necessary for your osteopath to ask you to remove some clothing, so that they can assess the areas of the body causing concern. If you are uncomfortable undressing to your underwear, you can bring with you clothing such as shorts, t-shirt or close fitting garments, that will enable them to work effectively without making you feel uncomfortable. Your osteopath will feel for changes in your muscles and joints and examine these areas to identify problems. They may also assess your posture and the way you move. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, so they may examine your whole body.
REGISTERED WITH THE GENERAL OSTEOPATHIC COUNCIL
Ana graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, in London in 2010.
Her interest in Osteopathy started when she needed to have an osteopathic treatment herself. After seeing the results, and what osteopathy can do, she then decided to be an Osteopath.
After graduating with a Masters degree in Osteopathy and a diploma in Naturopathy, Ana had the opportunity to work in Brazil where she is from, which now gives her the ability to treat not only English but also Portuguese and Spanish speaking patients.
Ana has extended her initial training with courses on Visceral Osteopathy and Medical Acupuncture (dry needling).
£55 ( UP TO AN HOUR)
FOLLOW UP TREATMENT
£38 (UP TO 30 MINUTES)