Osteopathy

Practitioner
Diana Cheng

Osteopathy First Consultation £50
Osteopathy Follow Up £45
Pilates one-to-one £50

What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a healthcare profession that uses a patient focused and hands-on approach to restoring, maintaining and promoting health and well-being in people of all ages. Osteopathy is unique in its all-encompassing approach as it considers the mechanical and functional aspects and lifestyle factors of each individual patient. Osteopathic treatment consists of soft and deep tissue work, stretching, Cranial Osteopathic techniques, articulation and manipulation.

What to expect at your first consultation
A full case history will be taken at the outset of your first consultation which will cover your symptoms as well as your general medical history. A physical assessment will be carried out which can involve a combination of neurological tests, blood pressure monitoring, postural analysis and active and passive movements to be performed. An Osteopath will use touch to assess the body for areas that are imbalanced. A treatment plan would commence and at-home advice may be given to help maximise the benefits of Osteopathic treatment.

What happens during a follow up appointment?
A follow up appointment will include a review of your symptoms and a thorough physical examination and your Osteopathic treatment plan would continue.

What should I wear?
Like most medical examinations, you will be asked to undress to your underwear for a thorough physical assessment to be made. Gowns can be provided or feel free to bring some shorts along if you prefer.

What do Osteopaths treat?
Patients who benefit from Osteopathy range from newborn babies to the elderly. Osteopathic treatment can be beneficial for a wide variety of conditions including general acute and chronic backache and back pain, headache arising from the neck, joint pains, inability to relax and rheumatic pain.

Will Osteopathic treatment hurt?
Osteopaths use a wide range of techniques, including gentle muscle stretches, soft tissue massage, joint articulation and mobilisation. Sometimes a ‘click‘ can be heard when a joint is manipulated but this should not be painful. Occasionally, areas of tightness can be slightly tender when touched and some patients can feel a bit sore after treatment which is comparable to soreness after exercise. Some patients may feel tired after treatment, while others may feel energised.

How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required will vary from person to person. An Osteopath will be able to discuss your individual requirements with you.

Do I need to be referred by my GP?
You do not need to be referred by your GP to see an Osteopath. Osteopathy is not intended to replace the care of your GP or other medical professionals. Osteopaths encourage communication between healthcare professionals to aim to meet the needs of each individual patient.

Can I bring a friend or relative?
If you would like someone to accompany you to your appointment, please feel free to ask them to come along. Children and young adults up to and including the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cranial Osteopathy
Cranial Osteopathy is appropriate for patients of all ages. Cranial techniques are safe, gentle and subtle, making them suitable for newborn infants and young children. This gentle manipulation can help with soothing and relaxation.

Osteopathy and Pilates
Pilates can complement Osteopathic treatment and rehabilitation by helping to improve posture and body awareness. Pilates is a method of exercise that aims to strengthen and stretch the body. The main focus is placed on practicing specific movements coupled with a precise breathing pattern. Pilates one-to-one tuition ensures that each tailor-made program remains specific in meeting the needs of the patient.