Your Treatment

What you can expect

The variety of treatment styles and approaches within the osteopathic profession is what makes the scope of osteopathic treatment so vast. It is the reason that treatment can often be quite different from one osteopath to another and also the reason why we treat such a diverse groups of patients. For the purposes of simplicity for this website I will describe three of the most commonly used osteopathic treatment styles but it is worth mentioning that there are lots of sub-groups within these styles and also cross-overs between them. Whatever style is taken, treatment is tailored to suit each individual patient.
In my personal practice, I use all three styles of technique, sometimes combined and sometimes pure depending upon your requirements. I also use clinically based Pilates rehabilitation exercise.

Structural Osteopathy

This is a dynamic and physical form of osteopathic treatment. It will often be specific, seeking the cause of a particular pain or dysfunction and manually correcting it. Minimal lever high velocity thrust techniques (MLHVT) are a commonly used form of treatment within structural osteopathy. These techniques are well known for the clicking and popping sounds they can produce from within the manipulated joint. Applied directly, these techniques are very good at improving joint range of movement and it is this type of treatment that is recommended by the NICE for the treatment of low back pain due to the high levels of research supporting its effectiveness. It is not unusual to feel slightly uncomfortable for a couple of days after a manipulation due to the changes created in the muscle tone and range of movement in the affected joint.

Classical Osteopathy

Classical Osteopathy uses a form of treatment called "The Total Body Adjustment", in which the body is treated as a whole every time. Many people describe this type of treatment as a full body MOT and it is also called "The General Osteopathic Treatment". This treatment style aims to coordinate the activity of separate parts of the body by adjusting the body's parts to achieve physical balance. It is suitable to be used as part of a prescriptive treatment programme or purely as a therapeutic treatment used regularly to enhance a feeling of well-being.

Classical Osteopathy is particularly suitable for people wishing to try an alternative approach to managing chronic illness. In addition to helping reduce mechanical aches and pains, classical technique can be an effective form of relief for the common cold, sore throats and conditions like asthma.

Cranial Osteopathy

This is the gentlest form of osteopathic treatment. Although a lot of the techniques are for the head and face, it can be used to release stress and strain patterns throughout the body. It is a very subtle treatment that is most commonly used when treating babies, children, elderly or pregnant patients. During treatment you will most likely feel relaxed perhaps with a sensation of heat in the treated area. This treatment is more focussed on the subtle internal fluid movements of the body and is less energetic than the other styles.