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osteopathy in Southfields | back pain

Your local osteopathy clinic for back and neck pain in Southfields, Earlsfields, Balham, Wimbledon Park & Wimbledon, London SW14, SW15, SW17, SW18, SW19, SW20

Tel: 02088751101
We are open on Sunday
Osteopathy in Southfields with Steve Byrne
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a primary healthcare profession, focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders, and the effects of these conditions on patients' general health.
Using many of the diagnostic procedures applied in conventional medical assessment, osteopaths seek to restore the optimal functioning of the body, without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopathy uses the principle that the body works as a single unit of interconnected systems, with a built-in ability to heal itself. The manual treatment methods are used to realign the body, restore muscle balance and improve mobility of the joints, relieving pain and allowing the body to heal and to prevent further illness or injury.
As well as treating the symptoms, the principle of osteopathy is to also treat the underlying cause of the problem. This may involve treatment of nearby joints and muscles, or even rebalancing the whole body. Where appropriate, exercises may be given to strengthen the problem area, or to improve posture.
Many people believe that we only treat backs, but injuries to muscles and joints anywhere in the body can often be helped with osteopathy.

Osteopaths use a variety of techniques including massage, articulation (movement of joints to ease stiffness and increase range of movement), stretching muscles and joint manipulation. When joints are mobilised, they can make quite a loud cracking noise, which is the same noise you may have heard when your knuckles or knees crack. This is not the noise of bones hitting each other, but the effect of a sudden increase in pressure creating a gas bubble in the joint.
Osteopaths' patient-centred approach to health and well-being means they consider symptoms in the context of the patient's full medical history, as well as their lifestyle and personal circumstances. This holistic approach ensures that treatment can be personalised to the individual patient.

Around 30,000 people currently consult osteopaths every working day. (General Osteopathic Council)
Osteopathy is an established, recognised system of diagnosis and treatment that focuses on the structure and balance of the body. Osteopathy uses many diagnostic procedures used in conventional medicine.
Osteopaths specialise in identifying variations from the normal mechanical and postural function of the body structure, which can cause pain, injury and disability. Once these problems have been detected, we can help to repair damage caused by injury or disease. The same principle is used to help prevent further injury or pain by using manual methods of treatment to improve balance and muscle tone, and exercises may also be recommended.
Osteopaths are trained to examine areas of the body using a highly-developed sense of touch, known as palpation, to determine conditions and identify the body's points of weakness or excessive strain.  Osteopathy is a 'package' of care that includes skilled mobilising and manipulative techniques, reinforced by guidance on lifestyle and exercise.
The osteopath will discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan.  If the osteopath thinks that your condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment, you will be advised about how to seek further care, or maybe referred to your GP.
What can I expect on my first visit to an osteopath?
Your first appointment will be 45 minutes to 1 hour – this allows extra time to ask questions about your symptoms, as well as your medical history, lifestyle and occupation. Some of the questions may seem irrelevant to your current problem, but it all helps to build a picture of what your body has been through, and how your past may have affected your current posture and health.

Subsequent appointments will be 30 to 45 minutes.
You will then be asked to remove some clothing to allow me to examine the problem before starting treatment. If you are uncomfortable being seen in your underwear, I am happy for you to wear shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms, provided I can still examine and treat the area in question, and they do not restrict your movements. Loose, stretchy fabrics are ideal. It is important that I can see the problem area, and if you have neck, shoulder, arm, leg or back pain, I will probably also need to see your back. It is also just as important that you are comfortable, and able to relax.

You will be asked to perform some simple movements, before sitting or lying down, when I will ask you to relax so that I can move the problem area without your muscles being used, as well performing other relevant tests. I will also ask you to give me feedback on how these movements/tests feel, and if you experience any pain or change in symptoms.
All of this helps me to make a diagnosis, before starting on your treatment.
Many patients ask similar questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked:

How long do osteopathic appointments usually last?
In general, the first treatment lasts about 45 minutes to an hour, and subsequent treatments around half an hour to 40 minutes.
Your first appointment is longer to allow a full case history to be taken.

How much does treatment cost?
£50 for initial consultation and £45 for follow up sessions.

Can I claim on my private medical insurance?
Many private health insurance policies provide cover for osteopathic treatment.
It may be possible to claim for a course of treatment, but you should check in advance with your insurance company before arranging treatment, in order to confirm the available level of cover and whether you will need to have a referral from your GP or a specialist.

Does my GP need to know I am seeing an osteopath?
Most patients 'self refer' to an osteopath for treatment.
Patients are encouraged to keep both their GP and osteopath fully informed, so that their medical records are current and complete and the patient receives the best possible care from both healthcare practitioners.