WHAT I TREAT

Arthritic Pain

Circulatory Problems

Cramp

Fibromyalgia

Frozen shoulder/shoulder and elbow pain/tennis

elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from

associated musculoskeletal conditions of the

back and neck, but not isolated occurrences

Headache arising from the neck

Rheumatic pain

General, acute &

chronic backache, back pain

 

General aches and pains

Lumbago

Migraine prevention

Minor sports injuries

Muscle spasms

Neuralgia

Tension and inability to relax

Joint pains including hip and knee pain from

osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core osteoarthritis

treatments and exercise

Sciatica

Uncomplicated mechanical

neck pain

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FIRST SESSION?

In the first session, I will ask you a lot of questions about why you need help as well as general health questions. Some questions may not seem relevant to your presenting complaint however, it is necessary to get a full picture of your health and lifestyle to find the route cause of the pain.

After an in-depth discussion, you will be asked to undress down to your underwear (you may wear shorts and a sports bra if more comfortable) so that I can carry out a physical examination. The examination may include assessing posture, movements of the body and neurological testing.

After testing is complete I will explain what I have found to be the problem and discuss with you the treatment plan and self-care advice, which will include exercises, pain relief techniques and lifestyle advice.

I will then complete a session of treatment.

WHAT HAPPENS IN TREATMENT?

Within treatments I will use a range of techniques depending on your needs this may include:

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MOBILISATION

Moving the body part repetitively through its movable range. This encourages a restricted joint to naturally move through the range more freely.

SOFT TISSUE OR DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

This helps relax muscles and remove trigger points within the body. It also helps improve the flow of fluids in the body improving blood flow, reduce inflammation/swelling.

MANIPULATION

Manipulation also know as HVT. During this technique, I will use my hands to apply a short burst of pressure through the joints. This helps to relieve pressure and pain, increase range of movement and improve nerve function. During this technique you may hear a ‘popping, clicking or cracking’ sound. It is still yet to be proven what this noise is but it is thought it is the release of gases between the joint. This is the same as when you ‘click your knuckles’ or if you move and get a slight clicking or popping.

DRY NEEDLING

A small fine, solid needle is placed into a muscle which creates a healing response. The muscles may twitch whilst the needle is in the muscle, this causes the muscles to relax and improve blood flow to the area which then reduces pain and inflammation.

Dry needling usually isn’t felt by the patient but you can sometimes feel a small prick as the needle goes in and you may feel the twitching of the muscle after.

All dry needles are medical-grade, sanitised, one-use needles. Dry needling is a very safe way to treat muscular injuries.

K TAPE

What is Kinesiology Tape?

Kinesiology Tape, or K Tape for short, is a therapeutic tool designed to support your muscles and joints during recovery and activity. The tape is lightweight, stretchy, and can eye-catching patterns, making it not only effective but also a fun accessory! 

How Does K Tape Work? 

The secret lies in its application. When expertly placed on specific areas, K Tape gently lifts the skin, creating a space that promotes improved blood flow and lymphatic drainage. 

How can it help?

Lifts the skin, promoting better blood flow and drainage.

Aids in reducing swelling and inflammation.
Alleviates muscle and joint pain.
Enhances posture and alignment.
Supports weak or overused muscles.
Suitable for athletes and everyday use.

BABIES & CHILDREN

All ages can be treated with Osteopathy; this starts with newborn babies! Children are treated slightly different by using gentle, non-manipulative techniques. This can include delicate articulations, soft tissue work and often a form of Osteopathy called Cranial Osteopathy.

Treatment for babies and children can be good to soothe any aches and pains they may be experiencing, sports injuries and conditions similar to adults. Osteopathy helps aid the body’s structure and function and allows it to regain balance.

I completed a course in infant feeding coaching/ counselling in 2021. This course allows me to help both mum and baby, supporting them from pre-natal preparations for feeding and through breast or bottle feeding post-natal.

For any questions on how Osteopathy can help your little one please get in touch. 

Infant Feeding

An infant feeding consultation can be helpful for all parents, pre or post-natal. Relax in a welcoming, supportive, friendly environment whilst getting the support you need. 

Together we can look at and give support on:

  • Pre-natal preparations (importance of skin crawl/ ‘the golden hour’, hand expressing/colostrum collection, birthing feeding plans, feeding positions)
  • Importance of continued skin-to-skin contact 
  • Feeding cues
  • Latching problems 
  • Pain when breastfeeding 
  • Feeding positions 
  • Breast vs bottle vs combi feeding 
  • Concerns about flow 

During our first consultation, we will discuss the concerns you are having. During this time, don’t be afraid to tell us how you feel (tears are welcomed) so that I can fully support you. After, I will get you to feed the baby as you usually would so I can assess the positioning and latch. Once we have seen any issues, I will show you and encourage you to adjust your feeding positioning so that you and your baby can get the best feed you can. 

After the first consultation, I will send you home with advice and how to continue at home. We will schedule a follow-up appointment to assess the progress and make any adaptions needed. 

Sometimes a poor latch or feeding could be due to tightness within the baby’s body; for this, I may suggest some follow-up Osteopathy sessions.

 

For some advice on positioning, click here for advice sheets.