What Is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a type of manual therapy that diagnoses and treats a wide range of conditions. An Osteopath emphasises the restoration of the structure and function of the human body by encouraging its innate ability to heal itself. They use various techniques on muscles, joints and viscera to help relieve tensions thus improving mobility. Therefore enhancing blood circulation and promoting health. Wellthy Clinic provide Osteopathy treatments in London
Qualified Registered Osteopaths
Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners who are trained to know when it is best to treat or when to refer patients. It requires 4-6 years masters study to become an Osteopath which involves studying various topics like anatomy and physiology. There is a large practical component with osteopathic technique and treating local community members in the final 2 years at the clinics. Our team Eleonora Sansoni and Matthew Glithero both studied at the University College of Osteopathy near London Bridge. We are registered with our governing body (General Osteopathic Council) and are fully insured in our London osteopathy clinic.
How Did It Begin
Osteopathy was founded in Kirksville, America in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still who was a American physician who recognised the body’s natural ability to heal from ill health when functioning effectively. Motivated by the three deaths of his children during a pandemic he wanted to find an alternative from the medical approach medicines and surgeries offered at the time. Osteopathy came to Britain with John Martin Littlejohn (one of Still’s early students) in 1913 who returned to London to practice. He set up the first osteopathic school in the country (British School of Osteopathy) and served as Dean for 40 years. Today there are now over 5,000 Registered Osteopaths in the UK.
Is Osteopathy Considered To Be Alternative Therapy
Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners who are able to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions or refer when necessary. Osteopathy is considered to be a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) which are treatments that fall outside of mainstream healthcare. The General Osteopathic Council is the statutory regulator for Osteopathy in the UK. Their powers were awarded to them by Parliament under the Osteopaths Act in 1993. By law, Osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year. As part of this process, the GOsC checks they have the correct insurance, are meeting professional development requirements and remain in good health.
Types Of Osteopathy
There are several distinct styles of osteopathic treatment and whilst some osteopaths will draw on several, others will focus essentially on one form only.
The majority of osteopaths will practice in a structural manner which is a combination of muscular stretching, joint articulations and joint manipulations (if appropriate). The treatment is aimed to move joints and stretch muscles to have an effect on the blood circulation, nervous system and organ function to improve health.
Will always treat your whole posture, it follows a specific routine for hands on treatment but with more traditional principles. The treatment aims are to remove restrictions to give your body the best chance of finding health.
A more gentle and subtle approach involves holding and interacting with the patient’s fluid dynamics and tensions. Small movements in the bones mainly of the head and sacrum (but also other areas) are so important for health which can become restricted by trauma or injury. Cranial osteopathy focuses on removing these restrictions and encourages overall physical well being.
This approach looks at the relationship between your posture and your organs (viscera), such as the digestive tract or respiratory system. Your viscera may be treated directly to reduce stresses developed by poor posture, diet or lifestyle pressures. Visceral treatment can aid digestive tract movement, good function of abdominal organs as well as the lungs.
Diagnosis What to Expect on your First appointment
When you visit your London Osteopath your first session will be getting to know each other and your presenting issues. A case history will be taken to gather information about your history, current health and understand your goals. The Osteopath will then assess your posture and ask you to perform some active movements. After that assess your joint ranges of motion passively and maybe perform some other tests. Moreover you will be given an explanation of what is happening (diagnosis). The Osteopath will then discuss your treatment options and agree with you on the type of treatment most suitable for you. Your goals will be addressed and a plan formulated to find better health.
What is involved within an Osteopath session?
- Take a case history to find out about you and your problem. We listen to you.
- Perform assessments and necessary tests to reach a diagnosis.
- We will provide explanations and double check you understand and will not do anything without your consent.
- Always be professional and safe
- Provide hands-on treatment
- We treat the bigger picture, rather than just the sore bit
- We give exercises, nutrition and lifestyle advice to give your body the best chance of recovery
- Your goals will be addressed and a treatment plan formulated to find better health.
What Conditions Can An Osteopath Treat
Whether you have been living with chronic pain for years, or if you have experienced an injury more recently it would be worthwhile seeing an Osteopath. We are highly skilled and can treat any musculoskeletal condition. Even if you are experiencing a lot of pain we can advise on how best to make your situation a little easier. Here are some examples of what our London Osteopaths can treat
Sporting Injuries Treated by Our London Osteopaths
Sometimes we pick up an injury and we will have no idea how it happened. We often take wild guesses as to the case but unless you're a seasoned professional you probably don't understand exactly how the body operates. The human body is the most complicated system you will ever get to operate, that's where osteopathic medicine comes into play. Pain management and rehabilitation after a sports injury is what Osteopaths are trained to do.
We regularly see runners especially over the marathon training period who need some hands on help and support. Running is repetitive and demanding so injuries are common, below are a few examples how an osteopath can help with running injuries.
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Foot Pain
- Knee Pain
- Hip Pain
- Back Pain
- Ankle Sprain
- Runners Knee
- IT band syndrome
- Hamstring strain
- Calf strain
- Shin splints
- Achilles Tendonitis
Asymmetrical sports like golf, tennis and hockey can result in muscular imbalances and joint restrictions due to the repetitive one sided movements. We regularly treat athletes and find a combination of Osteopathy and Pilates exercise rehabilitation to encourage symmetry will provide the best results.
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Sprained ankles
- Shoulder Pain
- Calf strains
- Golfing Injuries
- Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis)
- Knee pain
- Rotator cuff muscular strains
- Wrist injuries
- Neck Pain
- Hip pain
Given the competitive contact nature of Football we see a range of injuries. Hands on treatment to keep your joints moving as well as possible and stretching your muscles is all important. Likewise increasing core and glute stability to support the demanding kicking and sprinting movements makes all the difference.
- Ankle sprains
- Knee injuries
- Muscular strains: Quadriceps, hamstrings and groin strains.
- Hip pain
- Lower back pain
As you can see from the above examples our Osteopaths in London can help with virtually any sporting injury. So if you are experiencing tensions but want to keep playing sport or indeed improve your sports performance then get in touch.
Osteopathy provides a non surgical drug free alternative treatment. Osteopaths can help with conditions by reducing tensions, stress and anxiety by providing relaxing treatments for your nervous systems. Can osteopaths help with headaches? Actually yes they can, especially if it is a tension type headache. A more gentle approach which works well with headaches is Cranial Osteopathy There are more types of headaches your osteopath can help with in this article.
Treatable Conditions At Our Osteopathy London Clinic
You can be referred by a doctor, private medical insurance or just come of your own accord if you are suffering from pain.
You don't have to be a sporting superstar to suffer from shoulder pain. The pain can strike anyone and at any time, such as reaching into the top cupboard and stretching too far. The shopping bag was much heavier than you thought or you experienced pain whilst drying yourself with a towel after a shower. This could be a general shoulder pain or one of the following,
- Rotator Cuff Strains & Tear
- Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
- Acromioclavicular joint pain
- Shoulder Dislocation
- Shoulder instability
Shoulder pains can be very tricky and can take a long time to resolve. We will work with you to understand the cause of your shoulder problem as there is a chance that it could be referred shoulder pain and be originating from somewhere else. We are experienced Osteopaths who specialise in treating tricky shoulders and will be able to help you.
Treatments For Back Pain
Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability in the UK and it has been this way for the last 20 years.. It's estimated that around 1 in 6 (17%) as an average across different authorities in England suffer from some form of back pain (source). The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends Osteopathy alongside exercise as a treatment option for lower back pain, with or without sciatica.
Diagnosis For Lower Back Pain
It’s not necessary to see your GP to gain a LBP diagnosis. Manual therapists (Osteopaths, physiotherapists or chiropractors) are able to diagnose low back pain more specifically. They will take a full case history and perform a physical examination with testing. Give you a diagnosis so you understand the cause of your pains and proceed with treatment. It is important to ask is it just back pain or is there another condition that is giving you discomfort? It could be that you have sciatic nerve pain , an osteopath can help with treatment once diagnosed correctly.
Pelvic Girdle Pain
Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) is more commonly experienced in pregnancy, following trauma or reactive arthritis. PGP is a common, usually a mechanical joint problem and in most cases is a treatable condition. PGP can be safely treated at any stage (during or after pregnancy) by an Osteopath who has extensive experience treating joint issues.
When should I see an Osteopath?
Whether you have been living with chronic pain for years, or if you have experienced an injury more recently it would worthwhile seeing an Osteopath. We are highly skilled and can treat any musculoskeletal condition. Even if you are experiencing a lot of pain we can advise on how best to make your situation a little easier. If you have any questions feel free to get in touch.
Do Osteopaths Crack Your Back?
Yes Osteopaths can manipulate your joints but only with your consent after taking a full case history. Only if we feel the technique is appropriate for you, at the time with your presenting problem. We are not breaking your bones and not putting joints back into place. If you do hear a click or pop when an osteopath manipulates your joints this is the sound of gas leaving the joint capsule. It is a safe technique for the right person at the right time. There is a small chance you may feel sore or feel worse the following day after a treatment but then you should feel better. This will be discussed further within treatments. There are plenty of patients that we never manipulate but articulate the joints instead which is alternative technique and still produces good results.
At Wellthy Clinic we are pain specialists who help busy professionals in their 40s and 50s who find that they have lost focus on their own health and wellbeing after decades of working and child-rearing. We can help you move more, worry less and feel stronger in your bodies. Osteopaths diagnose musculoskeletal conditions and deliver hands on treatment to relieve tensions, improve mobility, enhance blood circulation and promote health. Come and see our London Osteopath at the Wellthy Clinic.
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Finding Your Osteopath in Marylebone, City Of Westminster
The Closest tube station is Great Portland Street which is around a 7 minute walk. Oxford Circus is a similar walking distance and is under half a mile.
The closest TfL bus stop is Portland Place (Stop K) and is just 3 minute walk to the Wellthy Clinic. The buses that operate at this stop are the 88,453 and the N18
The closest car park is situated at 6 -7 Weymouth Mews W1B 1QE and is just a few minutes walk away.
Marylebone Is Famous For
Of course 221b Baker Street, where the character Sherlock Holmes resided. This is now a museum where you can step back in time. Harley St the home of the private medical practitioners, this started sometime in the 19th century. Just a few minutes walk away from us is the world famous shopping experience of Oxford Street. There is the world famous Madame Tussauds where you can see the rich and famous, well in wax.