Osteopathy & Musculo-Skeletal Medicine   

    Osteopathy & Musculo-skeletal medicine is a manual therapy whereby the skilled osteopath  uses their hands to palpate, diagnose, and treat , without the use of drugs. The title of Osteopath is protected by law and to call yourself an osteopath, you either need to be a medical doctor and have further undergone training in osteopathy or to have followed a four year degree level education. You do not need a GP to refer you for osteopathic treatment. Osteopathy is suitable for the whole family from children to the elderly. Osteopathy is based on a set of healing principles to help the patient return back to health for example, that the balance of health depends on the skeleton, muscles. ligaments, nerves and the connective tissues all functioning smoothly together ,and for the body to function in ultimate health, its structure needs to be correct. 

     An osteopath will aim to restore your body to a state of balance by touch, physical manipulation, stretching & massage to enhance the mobility of joints , nerve, and blood supply to the tissues and thereby helping your body's own healing mechanisms to rebalance your health. Advice on posture and exercise may also be given in order to enable quicker recovery and prevent a relapsing of your symptoms. Most private health insurance companies including BUPA cover osteopathy treatment. It is worth checking with your insurance company to see if they will cover all or part of your payments for treatment Osteopathy is a system of diagnosing, treating and preventing a wide range of health problems. Through hands on treatment, osteopathy helps the body to heal, restores normal function and relieves symptoms. It does not involve the use of drugs or surgery.  By keeping all of the bones and tissues of the body loose and in optimal natural alignment, the body is able to function or heal itself more readily. Osteopathy is also applied to painful conditions including headaches, fibromyalgia, arthritis and sciatica.

    Osteopathy can also treat common conditions such as neck, shoulder, knee, and low back conditions & pain resulting from acute and chronic injuries. Many patients with injuries and pain from car accidents, work, and sports related injuries benefit from osteopathic manipulative therapy as it enables them to have a more freer range of movement. By optimizing the structure and function of the body, the natural healing process of the body is frequently stimulated to improve other health concerns that one may have.

    Our Osteopathic treatments deal with all aspects of musculo-skeletal disorders, and displacements. You can also rest assured that  our osteopath Dr Shamim Malik Akhtar who has a medical background, is one of the finest osteopathic practitioner, is fully qualified, and has been trained by some of the best osteopathic Doctors . He is a registered member of the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).

    Our  Osteopathic/Musculo-Skeletal treatments are ideal if you have:
    Sciatica 
    Neck Pain
    Back pain
    Trapped Nerves
    Muscle Spasm & Arthritic Pain
    Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

    Shoulder Impingements 

    Tennis/Golfers Elbow etc. ..and many other conditions.

    " just to say thank you, the treatments are curing me of years of pains. My body feels so different. I hope soon to be active again. Its wonderful. Your the best!. It will make me happy if you share this to others. Have a good day. You've given me new life".  L.L

    "Having spent six sessions with a chiropractor, numerous sessions in physio for my back pain, getting no where, I thought I would try the Dr Osteo Clinic, After only 2 sessions, My back pain was completely gone. I am very grateful to all at the Dr Osteo Clinic for this, and I think they have some great practitioners that I would most certainly recommend  to anyone also their wholistic approach to treatment definitely works" - J.Clarke

    "I would like to thank you for getting rid of my continuous headache of many years with Acupuncture, which I was getting before I came to you, with just one treatment, it has miraculously dissapeared, thank you again" RN

    Q & A 

    What to expect at our Health and Hair Osteopathic and Musculo-skeletal clinic with our fully qualified practitioners? 

    What is the Case History ?

    Your therapist will begin the consultation by taking a full case history. You will be asked details about your symptoms, your body generally, your medical history and aspects of your life that may be impacting on your problem. For instance, your occupation, hobbies and social situation can all provide important insights into your problem.

    How is the examination ?
    Your practitioner will then ask you to undress to examine your body structures. This includes assessing your posture and asking you to perform some slow gentle movements to gain an understanding of how your body and the related structures are moving. We will examine your joints and feel the tone of your muscles in order to formulate a diagnosis.  We will then discuss their findings with you, and discuss the options for treatment. In the rare event that treatment is not advisable, the therapist will explain why, and may refer you to another healthcare professional.

    How is the treatment?
    Treatment is safe, gentle, and generally pain free. Techniques used are highly specific to the patient, and often include soft tissue massage, stretching, articulation of joints and manipulative techniques. As part of an ongoing plan, we may recommend lifestyle changes, postural changes, stretches, and exercises.

    What to wear ?
    In the majority of cases you will be asked to undress to your underwear so that you can be assessed ‘holistically ’ and also so that all your musculo-skeletal structures can be palpated effectively. Please wear sports kit or underwear that you will feel comfortable in, ladies are recommended to wear a bra underneath. You are welcome to bring your partner with you.

    What happens after treatment ?
    Every patient reacts differently to treatment. Some patients often recognize an instant increase in function. You may find that you are sore for a day or two after treatment; this is not unusual as your body adapts to the treatment after a few days of healing reaction.

    Follow ups?...

    Your Osteopath will give you an indication as to the number and frequency of treatments required for your problem.at the first session. Your treatment may need to change from session to session according to your body’s response. Things that are working can be repeated, and new techniques/therapy tried if progress is slow.

    Consent:
    Generally our examination and treatment is generally gentle but a “manipulation” may be required. For this your consent is required and it will be discussed with you at the time. If you are not happy to go ahead then alternatives will be found.

    Your treatment plan in general will be discussed with you at your consultations and your consent and agreement sought. If you are not happy with any aspect then please let us know. In the first instance you should be able to discuss this with your therapist.

    To make an appointment call: 01582 206366  OR   07956 553417

    (Open :    Mon & Wed 8am- 7pm,   Tues & Thurs 8am- 5pm    Sat - 2 - 4.30pm

    Please Note: For the Osteopathic, Musculo-Skeletal treatments, you will be required to undress up to your under clothes for the structural examination and treatment. Please wear suitable underclothing.

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