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Osteopathy

How they treat

To make sure that you are treated correctly, we will ask you about your medical history and make a full medical assessment. We take time to listen to you and ask questions to make sure that we fully understand your medical history and your day-to-day routine. We will ask you about your diet, exercise and activities of daily living, as these may provide clues to help with our diagnosis.

We may feel your pulse and check your reflexes. We may also take your blood pressure and refer you for clinical tests, such as X-rays, if we think you need them. We usually look at your posture and how you move your body. We may also assess what happens when we move it for you and see what hurts, where and when. Physical examination is key and we use gentle touch to find the areas that are sensitive or tight and this helps us to identify what's going on.

When we have done this, we can diagnose your condition. We may sometimes feel that Osteopathy is not appropriate for you and refer you to another specialist, such as one of our specialist Back Pain Doctors or Sports Injury Doctors.

Your treatment
Osteopaths
use a wide range of gentle manipulations, depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis. Treatment is different for every patient but may include techniques such as soft tissue massages and joint articulation to release tension, stretch muscles, help relieve pain and mobilise your joints. Sometimes, when we move joints you may hear a 'click', similar to the click some people get when they crack their knuckles.

Treatment Costs

At the Blackberry Clinic our Osteopaths accept both self-referral and private referrals, including self-funded and insured patients. To check that your insurance company will cover your treatments, please discuss with the receptionist who may suggest that you call your insurance company to check your cover. At the Clinic, we strive to keep costs down while providing an excellent service.

Osteopathic treatment is available from our clinics in Milton Keynes and Croydon. For addresses and opening times, please visit the Our Clinics page.

Our treatment charges are £45 per appointment, for self-funding patients. Appointments are scheduled at half-hourly intervals. To book an appointment please call 01908 604 666 or book online via our Contact Us form.

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of treatment based on the principle that the health of an individual is dependent upon the body's systems working in unison. This means treatment is focused on balancing all structures of the body, the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues to enable optimal functioning of the body. It is a safe form of manual treatment which uses gentle techniques to restore the body's structure to a state of balance and harmony. As a result osteopathy is a perfect treatment from the very young to the elderly, including pregnant women, office professionals, manual workers and athletes.

Treatment
The treatment you are given is totally individual to you. No two treatments are ever really the same as your posture and symptoms may have changed since the last visit and so it is important to constantly reassess and treat accordingly.

Conditions we treat
It is a common misconception to think that Osteopathy is just a treatment for back pain. Below is a brief list of the most common conditions that we treat:

Regulation of Osteopathy
In the UK, Osteopaths are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GosC). It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an Osteopath unless they are registered with the GosC. Before visiting an Osteopath, you should ensure that they are fully registered and insured with the correct governing bodies. All Osteopaths at the Blackberry Clinic adhere to these professional guidelines.

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What do Osteopaths treat?

Although Osteopaths treat many conditions, most people think of us as 'back specialists'. Back pain is what many Osteopaths treat a lot of the time. Osteopathic treatment does not target symptoms only, but treats the parts of the body that have caused the symptoms. Osteopaths take an holistic approach and believe that the whole body will work well if the body is in good structural balance.

Imagine, for example, a car that has one of its front wheels not quite aligned. It may run well for a while, but after a few thousand miles, the tyre will wear out. You can apply this example to the human body, which is why it is so important to keep the body in good balance. We use a wide range of techniques including massage, cranial techniques (sometimes referred to as Cranial Osteopathy) and joint mobilization. This breadth of approach allows us to focus on every patient's precise needs.

Osteopaths assess and treat people of any age from the elderly to the newborn and from pregnant women to sports enthusiasts. The most common conditions that we treat are:

However, patients have found Osteopathy to be helpful for many other conditions. If you want to find out more, any one of our Osteopaths will be happy to talk to you. Use our Contact form to supply your details and one of them will give you a call.