OSTEOPATHY is a system of assessment and treatment of the patient as a whole individual. Considering the individual with physical (age, general health, fitness, lifestyle, job/activity demands), personal (nature and personality, mental state including stress levels etc), environmental (diet, occupation, activities, lifestyle and sport specific aspects), and emotional situations in mind, our Osteopaths will enquire into the cause or source of any ailment you bring to their clinical attention.
A full medical history and background to the presenting problem will be taken on your first attendance, followed by an examination involving a selection of observations and clinical tests seen appropriate by the Osteopath. During this examination you may be asked to perform a number of mental or physical tasks including standing, sitting and moving in particular ways to observe muscle and joint function and any pain responses. You may be requested to disrobe or uncover part of the body during this process, but your dignity will always be respected by the practitioner attending. You may wish to wear or bring shorts, vest or crop top with you and wear loose fitting or stretch fabrics to enable freedom of movement.
From consultation, to examination and throughout any treatment offered, we aim to work together with you, informing and advising to involve you fully in decision making and progression of your health and wellbeing. If addressing an injury, we will aim to treat to aid repair, recovery and rehabilitation, then advising a strategy to avoid further injury if appropriate.
If a chronic (long term) ailment is being addressed, we aim to reduce symptoms, improve function and manage the condition to reduce or prevent recurrence of the symptoms.
If referral is considered necessary for best management or optimal treatment mode (for example if further investigations are required or if surgery may be necessary) the Osteopath will, with your agreement, write to your GP or any other therapist deemed appropriate, on your behalf, informing of their clinical findings and opinion.
Babies & children
Sports injuries & musicians
Osteopathy can help with the following:
General aches and pains
Back or neck pain
Joint pain such as hip and knee
Referred arm and leg (eg. sciatic) pain
Arthritic & rheumatic pain
Muscle spasms and cramp
Headaches and migraine prevention
Inability to relax
Minor sports injuries (see Sports Therapy below)
Osteopathy has a traditional foundation which has been developed and studied with more research and evidence based practice coming through in recent years. Crucially, Osteopathy recognises the importance of the relationship between the structure of the human body and the way the skeleton and joints function along with the underlying muscles, soft tissues and internal organs.
Osteopathy uses many of the diagnostic procedures involved in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis. Its main strength lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a biomechanical, medical and functional standpoint. Treatment is aimed at improving mobility, relieving muscle tension and enhancing the blood and nerve supply to tissues by using osteopathic touch, stretching, manipulation and massage techniques on joints, muscles and ligaments.
Using gentle techniques, Babies and Children can benefit from Osteopathic treatment, please contact us for more information
Cranial or Cranio-sacral Osteopathy is a particularly gentle modality using subtle touch and positional releases of the cranium and spinal column to release and balance the nervous system and related communication mechanisms.
Cranial Osteopathy is a particularly gentle, but effective, modality of treatment. It is particularly suitable for babies and children. Very specific, skilled, light pressure is applied where necessary to assist the natural ability of the body to release stresses and tensions.
Cranial Osteopathy can also be very useful for adults, often alongside structural methods, particularly in treating neck or jaw dysfunction or when addressing somato-emotional aspects of pain.
Sports therapy is the system of treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries in sports, but may also be applied to any type of physical activity in everyday life. For example the musician, the manual worker, the farmer, the painter and decorator, or the machine operator. Repetitive strain, tendinitis, traumatic sprains or muscle tears and joint overload or muscular fatigue and overuse syndromes are just some scenarios where injury management may be required.
The aim is to diagnose or identify the injured structure; optimise the stages of healing and repair of tissue and protect or prevent further injury and infection; rehabilitate the movement, function and strength of the tissue and injured area or joint, addressing stability and muscle balance to prevent further functional strain or re- injury; re-educate the individual and muscle tissue in the specific function or opposing action to counter any recurrent problem.
Also in sports medicine, we consider different training principles, using combination training for general fitness incorporating cardiovascular, strength, stability, power and flexibility elements, but also diet and specificity in training for particular events. Psychology, physiology, biomechanics and nutrition are all areas which may be advised upon in the practice of Sports medicine.
Ambacare’s Principal Osteopath, Sports Therapist and Director is Amanda Musgrave-Wood BSc. (Hons) Ost. D.O. MSST. Amanda is assisted by Hamilton Semple B.A. (Hons) D. O. MICO and Aphrodite Hadjisocratous BSc (Hons)OstMed. To learn more about each Osteopath please click here.
Initial consultation: £65
Follow up: £45