Osteopathy at Northallerton Osteopaths
Our Osteopaths are highly skilled in their sense of touch (palpation) and they use these skills to observe imbalances and dysfunction in the joints and soft tissue structures of the musculo-skeletal system (muscles, ligaments, capsules, fascia and tendons). Once the inter-relationship of these neighbouring structures is understood, they use a range of highly skilled techniques to treat the patient.
Treatments vary from patient to patient but may include
- Soft tissue massage
- Joint articulation with varying degrees of subtlety
- Rhythmic stretching
- Joint manipulation
- High-Velocity-Thrust manipulation (HVT)
- Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
- Exercise prescription
Mrs L Mapp, Northallerton
What Can It Help
Muscle tension and inability to relax
Headaches arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
Hip Pain and Knee Pain from Osteoarthritis
Generalised Aches and Pains
To Aid Relaxation
During a consultation and examination, all areas of symptoms are taken into account, and the osteopath works with structural imbalances that are present in the body to restore a state of physical balance. Patients often report improvement in many areas of their health, not just the symptomatic area.
What to Expect
Your Osteopath will take a comprehensive case history, covering your current area of concern as well as a full medical history.
Relevant observations of posture and movement patterns will then take place, and may observe clinical and orthopaedic tests to ascertain a diagnosis.
If appropriate, treatment will then take place and may include techniques such as soft tissue massage, joint articulation & mobilisation, stretching, joint manipulation and exercise prescription. Where treatment is not appropriate your Osteopath will discuss your options with you, in some cases it may involve referral to your GP or an alternative practitioner.
Very few issues resolve in 1 session. In a recent audit of the clinic over 60% of our patients have their problem resolved within 3 visits, and 90% within 6 treatments.
If you are suffering from a long term problem it may take longer to notice an improvement or for the issue to fully resolve.
Additionally, more people are recognising that certain conditions need ongoing care and they elect to attend for regular maintenance treatments to keep on top of symptoms, attending anywhere between once per month and once per year.
We have signed up to the Institute of Osteopathy Patient Charter which demonstrates our commitment to high standards of patient care. You can view the Charter here.
Mr P Leng, Northallerton
More on Osteopathy
Osteopaths are trained in therapeutic approaches that are suitable for a broad range of individuals of all ages, including pregnant women, children & babies, sports people and the elderly.
Osteopathy is a fully regulated medical profession and the title Osteopath is protected by law. Osteopaths undertake 4-5 years of university training at specialist colleges and are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council.
Osteopathic care is delivered through a range of interventions which may include health management advice, manual therapy, exercise therapy, onward referral and others.
Osteopaths adapt their therapeutic approach depending on the individual needs of the patient and their presenting complaint. Manual therapy techniques employed may include articulation and manipulation of joints and soft tissues.
Osteopaths have been regulated by statute since 1993 by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and may refer to conditions for which medical supervision should be sought if they hold convincing evidence of the efficacy of their treatments.
The British Medical Association guidance for GPs states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths. Although Osteopathy is not offered widely on the NHS under its current framework. Osteopaths are trained to screen for medical conditions and will tell you if you need to see another health professional such as your doctor or midwife
Miss E Cleary, Northallerton