Osteopaths might be famous for treating backs but osteopathy is effective for all sorts of aches and pains, from the head to the toes and everything else in between. Osteopathy can improve the health of every muscle, ligament and joint in your body by releasing tension, promoting relaxation and restoring mobility. Why not try it and see for yourself!
Common conditions we successfully treat include:
Neck pain and headaches
Shoulder pain, including frozen shoulder
Postural changes during pregnancy (click to read more!)
What To Expect
To qualify as an osteopath you must have an expert understanding of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, orthopaedics and diagnostics, which means we have a wealth of knowledge to share with you.
All new patients attend an extended appointment of 60 minutes, this allows time for us to:
Listen and ask questions about your problem, your general health, other medical care you are receiving, and to record this in your case notes. All information you share is completely confidential.
Examine you properly. It is likely you will be asked to remove some of your clothing, to allow your posture and movements to be assessed. You may bring shorts and a t-shirt with you if you wish and you can also bring a friend or relative to accompany you.
Ask you to make movements and stretches to observe your posture and mobility.
Examine the health of the joints, tissues, and ligaments using palpation – a highly developed sense of touch – and orthopaedic tests.
Develop your unique treatment plan based on the findings of the examinations.
Begin your treatment, as most patients will receive treatment during their initial appointment.
To refer you if necessary. If your symptoms require further medical investigation such as scans, you will be referred to your GP or another appropriate medical professional.
How Many Sessions Do I Need?
Most of our patients need between 3 to 6 sessions. If your symptoms have troubled you for a while, or are caused by something you cannot avoid (like heavy lifting at work), we may recommend periodic treatments to ensure you can continue to enjoy your new, pain-free health!
Will you ‘crack’ my back?
Joint manipulation (as ‘cracking’ is officially known) is a very effective way to increase the movement of a joint. The noise is simply the sound of gas bubbles popping in the fluid pocket within the joint and is not unusual. Its presence or intensity varies from person to person. Some people love the feeling of being manipulated, others will do anything to avoid it. At True Motion we will always respect your wishes, and will never manipulate your joints without your permission. There are plenty of other ways to improve your joint mobility and they are just as effective in the long run.
Will I have to do exercises at home?
We will usually recommend exercises to our patients, as what you do outside the treatment room is just as important as the treatment itself. The most common are simple stretches for the back, legs and neck. In a week we will only see you for between 45 minutes to an hour, which means for the rest of the 7 days your recovery depends on you! If you do not want to complete home exercises we cannot make you, but following your rehabilitation plan will mean you feel the benefits more quickly and won’t have to come back to us as often.
Is osteopathy safe during pregnancy?
Yes, we see a lot of pregnant patients and we have extra training in obstetrics so we’re able to provide you with the best treatment possible. Osteopathy is a gentle and effective treatment for postural problems and pain during pregnancy. Likewise, if you have an existing problem that continues during your pregnancy we will still be able to treat you. Just let us know that you are pregnant so we can adjust some of our techniques to make them most effective for you.
How are osteopaths regulated?
Osteopaths are regulated by the General Osteopathic council (GOsC). It is a criminal offence for a person to describe themselves as an osteopath if they are not properly registered. To register with the GOsC an osteopath must have completed a degree course. In the UK there are eight institutions providing osteopathic education recognised by the General Osteopathic council. All of our osteopaths trained at the British School of Osteopathy, the biggest and most prestigious osteopathic school in Europe.
What if I visit to an osteopath with a condition that would be better addressed by a doctor?
Osteopaths have extensive training in identifying conditions that would make osteopathic treatment inappropriate or unsafe. If we feel that osteopathy is not the right treatment for you, we will refer you to a GP or another medical specialist.