Osteopathy

Why would I see an Osteopath? - What is Osteopathy?

Although osteopaths treat many conditions, most people think of us as ‘back specialists’. It's true to say that back pain is what many osteopaths treat a lot of the time. 

Osteopathic treatment does not only target symptoms, but treats the parts of the body that have caused the symptoms. 

Osteopaths have a holistic approach and believe that your whole body will work well if your body is in good structural balance, Imagine, for example, a car that has one of its front wheels not quite pointing straight. It may run well for a while, but after only a few thousand miles, the tyre will wear out. 
You can apply this example to the human body, which is why it is so important to keep the body in good balance, to avoid excess wear and tear.  This is why having treatment from youth to old age is important in helping to reduce the timing for the onset of degeneration in the spine and areas such as knees, hips and ankles.

Here at Baks Osteopathy, we use a wide range of techniques, including joint mobilisation, massage, cranial techniques (sometimes referred to as 'cranial osteopathy') and other less well known, yet effective techniques.  
This breadth of knowledge & technique approach allows us to focus on every patient’s precise needs and tailor the treatment to suit. 
Osteopaths can assess and treat people of any age from the elderly to the newborn and from pregnant women to sports people. 

Professionalism and safety - Is Osteopathy recognised?

Philip Wise Registered Osteopath in Maidstone

To qualify as an Osteopath, an Osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree (depending on which University they attend). This is similar to a medical degree, but with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine (rather than drugs and surgical procedures) and includes more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. By law, osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). 

It is an offence for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered.  

How do I see an Osteopath?

You don’t need to be referred by a doctor, you can just call us on 07984 007459 and we will book you in for the earliest available appointment.

What To Expect From A Consultation

Here at Baks Osteopathy Ltd we want to make sure that your health is number one priority during your visit.  For this reason, we like to spend about one hour with you for your first consultation.  This gives us time to take a full case history to gain as accurate a picture of your problem as possible, prior to commencement of the appropriate treatment.

Your medical history 

Before we start to treat you, we will ask a series of questions to gain an insight into your health. We take time to listen to you and ask questions, to make sure we understand your medical history and your day-to-day routine. We’ll ask you about things like diet, exercise and what is happening in your life, as these may give clues to help our diagnosis, both in the short & long term management of your problem. We may feel your pulse and check your reflexes. We may also take your blood pressure and refer you for clinical tests, such as x-rays, if we think you need them.          

Your posture & body movements

We usually look at your posture and how you move your body. We may also assess what happens when we move it for you and see what hurts, where and when.  In order for us to fully examine you for the likely cause of your problem, it is usually necessary for you to undress either partially or fully down to your underwear.  This will be dependant on the case history and presenting problem, so please be aware that you will need to dress appropriately for this.          

Diagnosis 

Using accurate palpation (touch), we may also find the areas which are sensitive, tight  or restricted and this helps us to identify what’s going on.  When we have done this, we can provide a diagnosis based on the most likely causes of your pain. 

We may sometimes feel that Osteopathy is not appropriate for you and refer you to your GP or another specialist such as an orthopaedic surgeon.  
These options will be discussed with you at the consultation if necessary.

Treatment 

Osteopaths use a wide range of techniques to help relieve your pain.  Which ones we use will depend on your age, fitness and the diagnosis reached at consultation. 
Treatment is different for every patient but may include techniques such as different types of soft tissue massage and joint articulation to release tension, stretch muscles, help relieve pain and mobilise your joints.

We may discuss exercises that you can do to improve your posture and movement in your workplace and everyday life. 

Hot & cold treatments and simple massage creams available from your local chemist may also be useful for those unable to rest from work - these may be advised where necessary.

Important: a true and honest point to make - there’s no such thing as a ‘Quick Fix’

The reason we use many treatment approaches/techniques in our clinic, is that there is usually more than just a simple answer to many of our symptoms and ailments, and the more tools we have at our disposal the more likely we will be able to help you. Please also accept that we are doing everything we can to help you, and if we don’t have an answer or think that someone else might be more suitable to help you with your condition we will tell you, and refer you on as necessary.

Please also be aware that even though you may have had your symptoms for only a short time you may have been building up to this point for many years and your body, however much it is suffering, may be used to being ‘wrong’. If this is the case, then logically, it is highly unlikely that you will get a ‘Quick Fix’. Even if your symptoms do improve quickly don’t forget that if your body is not used to being ‘correct’ it can very easily ‘slip back’ again. So please do trust and listen to us when we ask you to do things and also when we ask you to return, even if you are feeling ‘alright’. This is for your own good and we will not treat you more than is necessary.

How many treatments might I need? This is governed by the body's response to treatment. For basic musculo-skeletal problems, on average 4-6 treatments to stabilise acute or chronic injury, followed by several more treatments to delve deeper into balancing your body followed by maintenance treatment to suit the individual.

If you think that the average human being has 78 organs, 206 bones, 696 muscles, 100,000 chemical reactions every second, 85 billion neurones, 200 trillion cells and 47 miles of nerves in the skin, treatment is more than just pushing bones or muscles. It will take time to change how each of these interacts with one another to ease your symptoms. Orthodontists may take up to two years to just change a bite pattern so don't expect a lifetimes amount of wear, tear and abuse (on a physical, stress or dietary level) to be fixed in one go. 

What can it do for me? Reduce pain and improve function, thus enabling you to lead a more normal life.

Does it hurt? In the majority of cases no it doesn't.

Also, remember that at all times, you are in control of your consultation, meaning that if at any time you feel uncomfortable, then we encourage you to tell us so that we can do our utmost to ensure your treatment is as comfortable as possible. You are also allowed to bring a chaperone if you feel you need it and please be aware that you may need to undress so that you spine is visible and the movement/lack of movement of spinal/pelvic joints can be seen.

Common questions:

“Is a Chiropractor better than an Osteopath?”, “Is and Osteopath better than a Chiropractor?” and “ What’s the difference between a Physio, a Chiropractor and an Osteopath?"

The answer is not simple as there are many good examples of all of these professions, but by and large, a Physio tends to work with you by giving you exercises and some minor body work treatment (such as massage and minor joint mobilisation). A Chiropractor may or may not do some of what a physio does, plus use much stronger joint mobilisation techniques as and when necessary.

An Osteopath generally will have many of the techniques listed above as common knowledge and use them often, plus they may have (like we do here at Baks Osteopathy) know many more ways of affecting body movement and will use techniques which are appropriate for use on people of all ages, such as Cranial Technique, Fascial Unwinding, Balanced Ligamentous Tension, Visceral Technique and more. The outcome of this is generally a more balanced and relaxed feeling post treatment.

Everyone is different however and it is up to you how you decide to obtain pain relief and relaxation, give us a try and if you don’t like our methods, then you can always try something else.

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