What is Osteopathy
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of Muscle and Skeletal conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues, as well as the nervous and circulatory system, functioning smoothly together.
Our Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, using an individualised treatment plan for you. Techniques can include, physical manipulation, stretching and massage with aim being to reduce pain, increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. Osteopaths work by treating the cause of the complaint, rather than just the symptoms. We will generally also provide advice on posture and prescribe exercises to aid recovery, promote health and to prevent symptoms recurring.
As a regulated profession, all Osteopaths that practice in the UK have to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council a statutory regulated body that ensure high standards of professionalism, are appropriately qualified (a 4-5 year full time degree), undertake a minimum amount of CPD and are insured to practice. Osteopaths are primary health care practitioners and have attained Allied HealthCare Practitioner (AHP) Status. The term Osteopath is a protected Title.
Osteopathy is increasingly recognised by the allopathic medical profession, with guidance having been given to GP's with regards to referrals to osteopaths by the General Medical Council, following decisions by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).
New patients 60 -70 mins - £55
30 mins - £50
45 mins - £65 (if more time is required)
60 mins - £75 (a treatment combined with massage)
Corporate concessions are available for companies with a physical presence in Croydon or Carshalton, when agreed in advance, subject to our terms and conditions.
What to Expect
On your first appointment, our Osteopaths will take a thorough consultation, perform an examination and provide appropriate treatment all with your consent and in partnership with you. We allow an hour for this as we believe it is very important to have a full picture and allow time to discuss our diagnosis & treatment options without you feeling rushed and to allow you to ask as many questions as you need to.
The information we take during the consultation itself will include your personal details, details of your presenting complaint(s), lifestyle, medical history and a system check. This is to ensure we direct the examination correctly and that it is safe to proceed.
For the examination itself, we may ask you to undress to your underwear (during which time we leave the room), so you may wish to bring a pair of shorts (although a towel is provided to protect your modesty, if you require one). This enables us to perform a full thorough examination and ensures that abherant movements are postural imbalances are not hidden by clothing.
It is likely the examination will include a postural observation, followed by palpation of the area(s) of complaint as well as surrounding and connected structures. Following this we may ask you to perform movements of the body that relate to the site of your complaint(s), then we will ask you to lay or sit on the couch, so that we can then replicate these movements for you. In the videos section there are some examples of what these tests may involve.
Further testing may then be carried out if deemed necessary, such as active resisted muscle testing, muscle strength testing, muscle length testing, gait analysis, Orthopaedic tests and Neurological tests.
When we have finished, we will explain our diagnosis and discuss the options for treatment and possible side or adverse effects of treatment with you, so that you can make an informed choice in your recovery back to full health
If after our examination, we require further information or we are not able to treat you for medical reasons, we may need to refer you to your Gp or a specialist for further assessment.
The treatment itself may include some, or all of the techniques / treatments below:
Soft Tissue Treatment (Massage), including Myofascial Release.
Articulations (Gentle Movement of joints)
Oscillations / rocking
Mobilsations / High Velocity Low Amplitude Thrusts (a safe and painless technique that involves gapping a joint, normally with a characteristic cracking sound).
As we are all individuals, comprised of a variety of tissues, such as muscles, ligaments, nerves, blood, fascia and bone, our osteopaths do more than just a five minute spinal adjustment (crack) all the time (although at times this may be appropriate), as unlike some practitioners, we believe and our patients know, that this has a longer lasting and more profound effect.
Following treatment, we will often give some exercises foy you to do at home, as we believe (and research has shown) that this helps to consolidate the treatment and improve your prognosis.
Finally, if you want to bring a chaperone for support or assistance, you are welcome to do so.