Osteopathy is a natural and recognised* way of relieving pain and addressing mechanical problems for all areas of the body. It is suitable for all, from babies to the very elderly. It is a physical style of treatment and osteopaths use their highly developed palpation skills (touch) to determine the problem and the type of treatment necessary for this to be resolved. We will also advise on exercise, work ergonomics and lifestyle as appropriate.
Osteopaths are able to resolve sudden, long term and posture problems. Cranial Osteopathy is a very gentle form of Osteopathy, making it ideal for treating everyone from newborn babies to the elderly. Treatment can be to any part of the body and is aimed at reducing the restrictions and tensions that have led to the patient's symptoms.
Infantile colic, whiplash and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) respond very well to this type of treatment.
The GOsC sets strict guidelines and a Code of Conduct that all Osteopaths must adhere to, not least of which that each Osteopath has completed a minimum of four years full-time study and must provide annual evidence of continued professional development, in order to maintain their registration with the GOsC. To further protect Osteopaths and their patients, the word 'Osteopath' is protected by the government, which means that it is illegal for anyone not registered with GOsC to call themselves an Osteopath. Herbal Medicine is the use of plant remedies to treat disease. It is the oldest form of medicine known and still the most widely practised from of medicine in the world. Almost any condition a patient might take to their doctor can be supported by herbal medicine. Medical Herbalists are trained in the same diagnostic skills as orthodox doctors but, generally, take a more holistic approach to illness.
A herbalist aims to identify the underlying cause of the problem and selects herbs to help restore balance to the body; promoting the healing process and supporting all body systems. The practitioner will devise an individual treatment plan, incorporating herbal medicines and advice about diet and lifestyle. The first consultation usually takes between 1 hour and 1¼ hours and comprises of a full case history and a physical examination. If used, current medication should be brought to the session so that it can be recorded on the notes and appropriate remedies selected. Follow-up consultations normally take about 30-45 minutes and a patient will be seen every 4-8 weeks thereafter, depending on progress.
Chronic conditions may need to be treated long term. Homeopathy is a gentle, holistic system of healing, suitable for everyone, young and old. Homeopathy focuses on you as an individual, concentrating on treating your specific physical and emotional symptoms, to give long lasting benefits.