We’re pleased to offer osteopathy – a hands-on approach to pain relief and injury recovery.
Our osteopathy service is currently available at our Cobham clinic only. However, if you’d like to see the service available at a clinic near you then please get in touch to let us know!
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a hands-on treatment. It uses a plethora of techniques such as massage, stretches, spinal adjustment, acupuncture, exercise rehabilitation, vagal nerve stimulation, neural stretches, nutrition adjustment and much more.
Who is Osteopathy for?
Osteopathy is for everyone. If you have any injury ranging from lower back pain to headaches, dodgy shoulders or knees and even jaw issues – osteopathy can help. Even if you are pain free and are just curious about your posture, exercise programme or something as small as the best chair for you to use at work – an osteopath can help.
Why is Osteopathy so important?
It is a holistic way to treat many injuries and has a better long term outcome than many surgical alternatives. For example – discetomies are used to treat discal injuries surgically – but over 5 to 10 years it is more likely you will re-injure your back than if you had osteopathic treatment with a rehab program. Even cortisone injections which are used for many knee and shoulder issues actually destroy the joint over time and can lead to far more pain and decreased range of motion in the joint later in life. It is far better to invest in your health and look after the only body you have.
What's the difference between Physiotherapy and Osteopathy?
As with physiotherapy, osteopathy involves a lot of hands-on treatment. However, much of the focus is on the manipulation of the spine. It’s not uncommon for osteopaths to refer clients to a physiotherapist for their later stage rehab following initial osteopathic treatments.
Physiotherapy is a holistic end-to-end treatment for injury recovery, pain management and improved performance in sports and everyday life. While physiotherapists also provide hands-on treatments, the focus lies more heavily on exercise-based therapy which is used to improve mobility, strength and reduce your risk of further injury.
If you’re not sure which treatment is right for you, give us a call on 033 0808 7972 .
What can I expect from my appointment?
You will be asked a series of questions that will help to identify the cause of your condition or concern. You may be asked a few medical questions too, such as blood test results or family histories.
You will then be asked to perform a range of movements, bespoke to your condition or concern. Throughout this part of the assessment, the osteopath will explain what they are looking for and what they are finding – there’s nothing worse than not knowing whats going on!
Lastly, the osteopath will summarise their findings, providing you with an indication of how long it will take your body to recover. The rest of the session will be used to treat the condition with a suitable hands-on therapy which could include: massage, stretches, chiropractic adjustment, acupuncture, exercise rehabilitation, vagal nerve stimulation, neural stretches, nutrition adjustment and much more. The hands-on therapy will only ever be performed with your consent.
Is Osteopathy covered by private health insurance?
Our osteopathy assessments and treatments are covered by all major private health insurers. The number of authorised sessions available to you will depend on your insurer.