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Osteopathy

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Osteopathy

OSTEOPATHY

With over seven million patients receiving treatments in Britain every year, osteopathy is widely recognised as an effective and natural way to provide pain relief. As well as spinal pain, we can treat a wide range of musculoskeletal problems from head to foot in people of all ages using a wide range of techniques.

Osteopaths undergo four years training resulting in the award of BSc (Hons) Ost or BSc (Hons) Ost Med. Many of the osteopathic educational institutions have recently begun an extended training programme resulting in the award of Master of Osteopathy (MOst). An increasing number of osteopaths are also undergoing postgraduate training for MSc, MRes and PhD awards

Osteopathic care contains over 100 different techniques or procedures. Most common used technique’s are as follows

  • High velocity low amplitude (also called thrust or manipulation techniques). This involves a quick movement within a joints normal range of movement and does not exceed the anatomic barrier of the joint. Movement can be targeted to specific spinal segments and, with appropriate positioning of the patient, requires very little force. The goal of the technique is to restore joint play. The technique is frequently characterised by a clicking sound whose source has been investigated by a number of researchers. This technique most closely resembles chiropractic manipulation and is subject to most contraindications.
  • Soft tissue/massage techniques
  • Articulation involving gentle repetitive movement of a joint to try and increase the range of movement.
  • Muscle energy. This involves repeated isometric contractions with passive joint movement to increase joint mobilisation and lengthen contracted muscles.
  • Counterstrain. This involves the symptomatic joint being placed in a position of least discomfort while at the same time monitoring the degree of tenderness at a nearby tender point until the tenderness reduces. The only contraindication is patient unwillingness or inability to cooperate.
  • Myofascial release techniques. These techniques are similar to deep massage techniques and are designed to stretch muscle and reduce tension.
  • Lymphatic pump techniques. These techniques attempt to mechanically assist lymphatic drainage. There are a small number of contraindications to this technique.

The wide range of techniques ensures that care of the patient is tailored to their general health and wellbeing, their age, presenting symptoms and any comorbidities they currently possess. A wide range of symptoms are treated in clinical practise; low back pain is the most common but pain to the cervical spine, shoulder joint

At the Buxton Osteopathy Clinic we have three qualified osteopaths Phil Heler, Rebecca Burtt and Chris Hanson who between them share forty years of service and experience.  All three of us are registered and strictly regulated by the General Osteopathic Council in order to promote your safety. This gives patients the same sort of guarantees and protection as those given by doctors and dentists. Quite literally when you consult with us you really are safe in our hands.

As well as our proven osteopathic skills we also offer cutting edge medical technology in order to deal with more severe spinal issues that may require more than just manual therapy. Our IDD Therapy programme is unique to just 30 clinics in the UK and we are the only clinic in Derbyshire to offer such as service. The programme is a non-invasive alternative to surgery and is both safe and gentle. IDD targets people who have unresolved neck or lower back pain issues and who may depend on medication to control their discomfort

CONDITIONS THAT OSTEOPATHY CAN CLAIM TO TREAT USING BEST RESEARCH AVAILABLE AS SPECIFIED BY COMMITTEE OF ADVERTISING PRACTICE (CAP)

Based on evidence submitted to CAP (Committee of Advertising Practice) prior to November 2016, the ASA (Advertising Standards Agency) and CAP accept that Osteopaths can claim to treat the following: Arthritic pain

Circulatory problems

Cramp Digestion problems

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 (cervicogenic)

Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise

General, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident) Generalised aches and pains

Inability to relax

Lumbago

Migraine prevention

Minor sports injuries and tensions

Muscle spasms

Neuralgia

Rheumatic pain Sciatica

Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)

The evidence demonstrated in the three tables below was commissioned by the General Chiropractic Council in the USA and Canada

Osteopaths undergo four years training resulting in the award of BSc (Hons) Ost or BSc (Hons) Ost Med. Many of the osteopathic educational institutions have recently begun an extended training programme resulting in the award of Master of Osteopathy (MOst). An increasing number of osteopaths are also undergoing postgraduate training for MSc, MRes and PhD awards

Osteopathic care contains over 100 different techniques or procedures. Most common used technique’s are as follows

  • High velocity low amplitude (also called thrust or manipulation techniques). This involves a quick movement within a joints normal range of movement and does not exceed the anatomic barrier of the joint. Movement can be targeted to specific spinal segments and, with appropriate positioning of the patient, requires very little force. The goal of the technique is to restore joint play. The technique is frequently characterised by a clicking sound whose source has been investigated by a number of researchers. This technique most closely resembles chiropractic manipulation and is subject to most contraindications.
  • Soft tissue/massage techniques
  • Articulation involving gentle repetitive movement of a joint to try and increase the range of movement.
  • Muscle energy. This involves repeated isometric contractions with passive joint movement to increase joint mobilisation and lengthen contracted muscles.
  • Counterstrain. This involves the symptomatic joint being placed in a position of least discomfort while at the same time monitoring the degree of tenderness at a nearby tender point until the tenderness reduces. The only contraindication is patient unwillingness or inability to cooperate.
  • Myofascial release techniques. These techniques are similar to deep massage techniques and are designed to stretch muscle and reduce tension.
  • Lymphatic pump techniques. These techniques attempt to mechanically assist lymphatic drainage. There are a small number of contraindications to this technique.

The wide range of techniques ensures that care of the patient is tailored to their general health and wellbeing, their age, presenting symptoms and any comorbidities they currently possess. A wide range of symptoms are treated in clinical practise; low back pain is the most common but pain to the cervical spine, shoulder joint

At the Buxton Osteopathy Clinic we have three qualified osteopaths Phil Heler, Rebecca Burtt and Chris Hanson who between them share forty years of service and experience.  All three of us are registered and strictly regulated by the General Osteopathic Council in order to promote your safety. This gives patients the same sort of guarantees and protection as those given by doctors and dentists. Quite literally when you consult with us you really are safe in our hands.

As well as our proven osteopathic skills we also offer cutting edge medical technology in order to deal with more severe spinal issues that may require more than just manual therapy. Our IDD Therapy programme is unique to just 30 clinics in the UK and we are the only clinic in Derbyshire to offer such as service. The programme is a non-invasive alternative to surgery and is both safe and gentle. IDD targets people who have unresolved neck or lower back pain issues and who may depend on medication to control their discomfort.

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Please note: Under current legislation issued by the Advertising Standards Agency we cannot state that we treat a condition unless there is robust scientific evidence to support any given claim.

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