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The Centre of Osteopathy & Complementary Health

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The Centre of Osteopathy & Complementary Health

Osteopathy Clinic
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Osteopathy
GOsC registered Osteopaths who are available for consultations and treatment of a wide range of muscular/skeletal complaints at The Centre six days a week. We also run a ‘Free Spinal Check’ Service, a 20 min Consultation for patients to meet the Osteopath and to discuss their needs. We advocate that prevention is better than cure and that frequent maintenance or ‘an MOT’ is just as important as care for acute episodes.

Research has shown that problems related to the back may affect over 60% of the UK's population at some stage of their lives. Back pain may also cause symptoms in more remote areas such as the buttocks, groin, hips and legs (commonly called Sciatica). Problems in the spine and neck can also cause symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, clicking jaw, pins and needles and many more.

New Patient   Adult  (60 mins) - £52
Follow up   Adult  (40 mins) - £48
New Patient   Child/Student (60 mins) - £42
Follow up   Child/Student (40 mins) - £38

Commonly Seen Muscular Skeletal Complaints

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Neck Pain
  • Whiplash
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Broken/Cracked Ribs
  • Spinal Curve
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Pelvic Imbalance
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Wrist Pain (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
  • Ankle Pain
  • Shoulder Strain
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Occupational
Occupational injuries account for many millions of working days lost each year in Britain. Whether your work is in the office or outside on the land, you need to be able to cope with the individual demands made on your body by the style of the work you do.
In the office where desk work is more common, there are the dangers of 'computer hump' and 'mouse wrist', whilst frequent telephone use affects the neck and shoulders causing headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome etc.
If your occupation involves a lot of driving, the correct setting of your seat is imperative. A bad driving position can affect not only your back, neck and shoulders, but can also affect hips, knees and feet.

Here are a few top tips to help you look after your back & protect it against occupational stress

  • 1. Frequent short breaks away from the desk and computer will help avoid back, neck and eye strain.
  • 2. Make sure if you are driving that you make time to stop, get out and do some brisk exercise for a few minutes every so often on a long journey.
  • 3. When lifting at work, judge whether you can do this safely or whether you need help. Never be afraid to ask for assistance.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Sports Osteopathy
Osteopathy is increasingly playing an important role in the medical teams for many sports clubs and associations. Not only this, but more and more sports people are consulting osteopaths to aid performance, help with injury prevention and as part of rehabilitation after an injury. An osteopath will use a wide range of techniques in the treatment of minor sports injuries.

The rehabilitation process:
Rehabilitation continues with the possible use of strapping and the prescription of stretching and resistance exercises, according to the nature of the injury. Part of the overall management includes relaxation techniques, and advice on contrast bathing (hot and cold), anti-inflammatory drugs, nutrition and the motivation to regain full fitness. Communication with a coach or team manager is encouraged throughout the recovery period.

What can it help?

  • Muscle spasms
  • Neck ache
  • Back pain/ache
  • Joint pains
  • Posture
  • Cramp
  • General reduction in flexibility & movement
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Pre & Post Natal
Pregnancy is a very physical experience. The mother has to adapt to carrying up to 20lb of amniotic fluid, placenta and baby. 

Poor posture, a history of back pain or, if the mother had suffered any significant trauma to her body before falling pregnant, can have a dramatic effect on how her body will cope with the postural changes required during pregnancy. A back that is already under strain from any pre-existing limitations, will struggle to accommodate the growing uterus. This can cause a variety of problems, from lower back pain, shoulder tightness, neck pain, headaches, aching of the legs and undue fatigue.

Osteopathic treatment may help relieve the stresses and strains on your body during pregnancy and after birth. Pregnancy can cause general aches and pains including joint and back pain and osteopathy can help.

After the baby is born, it is important for both mother and child to be checked to ensure that any variations that may have been created by either pregnancy or labour can be assessed. These re-assessments are recommended in an attempt to avoid unnecessary complications in later pregnancies. 

What can it help?

Enter the name for this tabbed section: Children
Each child has their own unique story to tell of their short life. They would have been influenced by an enormous amount of factors. Starting with the health of their parents before birth and the wide range of physical, chemical, nutritional and emotional influences during the nine months in the womb. Many people believe that babies and children are too young and pliable to suffer from structural stresses and strains, but in reality they do. Birth itself can be a very stressful time for the baby, both physically and emotionally. If there are difficulties and complications with the birth, this can put immense strain on certain structure within the baby's body. Left untreated, these can cause problems in later life.

Osteopathy is a gentle treatment suitable for children and babies at all stages of development, involving gentle manipulation that could soothe and relax your baby or child. Our Osteopaths can assess your baby or child to see how they might help.
A number of types of Osteopathic treatment are suitable which might range from extremely gentle techniques to address a specific problem to a more different approach in the case of a sports injury. Only those techniques deemed appropriate at the time will be applied and each treatment plan will be discussed with the parent in advance.
New patient (60 mins) £40
Follow up    (40 mins) £36 

What can it help?

Enter the name for this tabbed section: As We Age
Retirement can bring time for leisure, travel opportunities and interests to the older person. This is the chance to take up those sports and activities that you never had time for whilst working and bringing up a family. The body however, has changed! It has lost some of its elasticity and ability to adapt. It has also experienced injuries and postural stress during those years, often resulting in repetitive strain injury, stiffness and degenerative changes.
Many grandparents also help the working parent by caring for the children - a pleasure for many but also a strain on the older body!

Of course, if you need to, come down for your free spinal check to see how your body is coping with the ageing process. Even if you feel fine, with no aches and pains yet, lets make it a preventative measure!

Here are a few top tips to help ease those niggling aches & pains

  • 1. Gentle stretching daily to maintain tissue elasticity and joint mobility.
  • 2. Walk as much as possible to keep the circulation healthy and maintain muscle tone.
  • 3. A daily rest - to recover energy for the remainder of the days activities.
  • 4. The use of trainers or similar footwear can help to reduce wear and tear to the knee and hip joints, and can also help reduce back pain when walking on hard pavements.
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