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Assessment & Treatments

OSTEOPATHIC DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OSTEOPATHIC DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

Your osteopathic consultation begins with a detailed case history – including details of your current problem, any injuries or problems you may have had in your past / your past medical history. We will also take details about your current health and medication

The Osteopath will then do a detailed examination that will typically include a neurological, orthopaedic and visceral screen and then a detailed examination of the spine and peripheral joints

The osteopath will discuss your problem and diagnosis and then begin treatment. We may refer you to your GP, for an X-ray or other clinical investigations, if necessary. Occasionally we may recommend you see another practitioner rather than an osteopath.

Your treatment may include deep soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation and manipulation, cranial osteopathy, postural advice and the prescription of exercises to maintain flexibility, range of movement and strength.

As the different osteopaths here all have their own specialities, the type and style of treatment given by each practitioner may vary slightly. Very occasionally, patients are a little 'achy' after treatment for 12 - 36 hours. This usually eases gradually.

The number of treatments often depends on how long the problem has been there and how bad it is. Two or three treatments may be sufficient to sort out many complaints. Other conditions may require a long term treatment plan and regular maintenance. It is best to treat recent injuries as soon as possible.

Cranial and paediatric osteopathy are specialist treatments given at the clinic.

Cranial Osteopathic treatment may be used alongside the more conventional type of osteopathic treatment of neuromuscular techniques, deep soft tissue massage, passive joint stretching, gapping and manipulation.

There are some conditions and some patients who benefit more from a purely cranial approach.

The cranial approach can also be used to treat non-musculoskeletal problems such as asthma, headaches, digestive problems and IBS and depleted immune systems resulting in recurrent colds, coughs, ear and chest infections. It is also very useful in tension and stress related problems.

The cranial approach is especially used for the treatment of infants and children, pregnant women and post partum mothers. Karen Carroll has done extensive post-graduate study in both cranial and paediatric osteopathy and uses this approach extensively alongside the more conventional structural osteopathic approach.

Please do ask us if you have any further questions about cranial osteopathy or if this approach may be suitable for you.

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LASER THERAPY

The application of light over injuries to stimulate healing is called Laser Therapy. It is similar to ultrasound but can be more effective in some cases. It helps to resolve inflammation, heal tissues and ease pain. It is used in the treatment of sports injuries, acute and chronic pain and some skin conditions. Laser Therapy aids the healing of conditions such as achilles tendinitis, hamstring strains, tennis elbow, disc injuries, knee, shoulder and neck pain and we often use it in our treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.

Karen Carroll and Taeona Hutton are the two practitioners that use Laser Therapy at the clinic.

NATUROPATHY

Naturopathy is a system of natural healthcare using nutritional therapy, stress management and natural remedies to help treat symptoms and causes of ill-health.

High blood pressure, headaches and migraines, PMT and thrush, eczema, duodenal ulcers, irritable bowel, sinusitis, anxiety, tiredness and lack of vitality may all be helped by naturopathic treatment. Karen also gives weight loss programmes.

If you want to know more about any treatment you might receive or are at all worried about treatment, please discuss it with us by phone or email.

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