Osteopathy

Are you new to treatment and not sure if osteopathy is the right treatment for you?

Answer these quick questions …

 

  • Is this a problem that you’ve had for a while or have you recently injured yourself?

  • Would you think of contacting your GP for your particular problem?

  • Is the probelm stopping you from doing your daily activities?

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then OSTEOPATHY is probably the best option for you.

Osteopath examining patient's shoulder

Michelle (osteopath) examining a patient’s shoulder through it’s range of motion.

 

“Before I came to Zest Health I was a bit sceptical about Osteopathy. But after my first session with Michelle, I felt immediate relief of my shoulder blade pain. The pins and needles in my right fingers were relieved after a few sessions.
The home based clinic atmosphere creates feelings of comfort and security. Michelle’s ways and techniques to find the reason of pain helped me to recover quickly and effectively from my illness. Many thanks Michelle!”

Oksana, 37, Office Worker 

What do osteopaths do?

Osteopaths focus on the body’s skeleton and joint structure as well as the underlying muscle, soft tissue and internal organs and work to re-align it back into balance.

 

What are the benefits to you?

The goal of treatment is to ascertain and treat the underlying cause of your problem and not simply the pain itself. Utilising a highly developed sense of touch, Michelle will identify any problems with in your body, especially when looking at muscles, joints, bones and ligaments. Once this framework is in balance the body as a whole will function better, recover from injury more quickly, and the initial complaint may not recur at all if postural changes are made and regular exercises are undertaken.

 

What makes osteopathy different to having a massage?

Firstly, Michelle believes that you are unique and osteopathy allows the flexibility to use a variety of treatment modalities to personalise a treatment plan just for you (Personalised-treatment-plan: PTP).

Your first osteopathy session involves an in-depth consultation to understand you and your presentation, a full orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal assessment, and a hand-on assessment of your tissues and posture. Michelle has a full tool-box of techniques including massage techniques, joint mobilisations, joint manipulation (HVT), cranial osteopathy, neuromuscular treatment, visceral osteopathy, as well as many elements of naturopathy (diet, nutrition, exercise, stretching, stress management). The main goal is to reach tissue change, alongside patient education to allow for longer-lasting results.

Massage treatments are not as in depth and are often based on time, rather than treatment outcome. They can be used as stand-alone sessions, rather than a course of treatment. Both have their place – it depends on your needs at the time of appointment.