Clinic Opening Times

Mon - Frid 9.00am - 1.00pm

Tues and Thurs afternoons 3.00pm - 7.00pm

To make an appointment please call the clinic during opening hours.

Clinic fees

Consultation Fee £35
Extended Treatment Fee £50
CBT Consultation (50 minute session) £50
The Osteopathic Consultation

During the consultation a full case history is taken, including details of past and present ailments. This is followed by the appropriate physical examination in order to make a diagnosis. Relevant treatment and advice is then offered to the patient.

The consultation gives an opportunity to examine various aspects of health and lasts approximately 30minutes. In assessing posture there is not only the consideration of the way the spinal column is functioning, but also that of the whole musculoskeletal system. Osteopathic examination helps to diagnose and treat structural or mechanical weakness within the the body.

Imbalances are felt as symptoms such as pain and stiffness. The
interrelationships and the way the various parts of the body function with each other is central to good osteopathic diagnosis.

Osteopathic philosophy understands that every part of the human body has evolved in such a way that each part can effect other areas. Adaptation is the ongoing result of this process. An individual patient is seen in this context, the present state of movement and flexibility being the ongoing adaption to their past. In turn, the way they view their present level of physical health will effect their future levels.

Individual symptoms are clearly important, but are considered as part of the whole problem and not necessarily as a separate issue. The key to a successful outcome results when the patient works with their practitioner to achieve the best possible outcome. The consultation begins the learning process with individual patients learning at their own pace.

Common Causes of Backpain

  • Poor lumbar function: due to tight or weak structural muscles. This is often brought about by poor general posture, bad manual handling activity at work or during other physical activities.
  • Pelvic asymmetry where there is excessive tightening or shortening of one muscle group to produce a difference in leg length, and a mild curvature of the spine or scoliosis. This association with asymmetric muscle function is likely to involve the muscles central to the lower limbs including quadriceps, hamstrings and calf muscles. There may also be poor diaphramatic function and neck weakness with hypertonic (tense and tight) support muscles which bring about chronic pattern recurrent back pain.
  • Weak plantar arches with foot and knee disorders can be a contributory factor in mechanical back pain. Weak arches reduce loading strain capacity on the lower limb and lumbar spine, and their ability to carry the spine is compromised. The tarsal and metatarsal bones from a platform to help propel and balance gait.
  • Abnormal muscle patterns are always seen in patients suffering from acute or chronic back pain. Acute spasm is present as a protective reflex witht receptor cells embedded in muscle recognizing a problem and acting to prevent further damage. Chronic shortening of the muscle can result when the acute phase is over, and this compensation pattern requires treatment to ensure it doesn't become a permanent part of the posture.
  • Poor muscle tone with shortening of the spinal muscles, in particular latissimus dorsi, quadratus lumborum and trapezius is often a problem in chronic back pain. Also involved frequently are the abdominal muscles, hamstrings and calf muscles. Recent research also suggests that the diaphragm may also be involved in chronic pain problems, and with this the possibility of breathing pattern disorder.

Other factors involved in back pain

Psychological and emotional factors are a recognized to be a contributory aspects of chronic pain and need to be addressed. Stress and anxiety affect the nervous system and when in excess can seriously affect us physically, by producing hormones which trigger muscle pain and other effects such as high blood pressure, digestive, sleep and energy problems.
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