We help relieve your pain quickly so you can stay free from painkillers, avoid surgery and future injuries. Here's what your first visit looks like:
Before starting treatment, we complete a full assessment and accurate diagnosis to understand all the details of your injury.
Based on your diagnosis we design an osteopathy treatment plan customised to your unique injury, rapidly speeding up your recovery time.
We carry out a bespoke treatment based on your treatment plan. This can include manual therapy, exercises and more.
Can’t see your question answered? Drop us a message and we’ll answer it email@example.comBook An Appointment
Depending on your presenting complaint, an Osteopath will take a full detailed medical history and will ask about your lifestyle to evaluate causes, or any predisposing factors that are causing your symptoms. A full physical examination and orthopaedic testing will be performed to identify and confirm the pain generating structures. After the physical examination your Osteopath will explain his/her findings and discuss treatment and management options before delivering the treatment. The treatment is always delivered after both patient and practitioner have discussed any risk and/or benefits associated with the treatment of choice. Also, discussing the alternatives available to the patient to allow maximum transparency. Most common treatment options: Joint articulation/manipulation, soft tissue manipulation, medical Acupuncture, exercises or a combination of the above.
If I am not comfortable with any of the treatment options and I still need help what will the Osteopath do? For us, you are the most important person in the room. When it comes to health, we understand that everyone has a different preference, belief or simply be contraindicated for certain treatment option. An Osteopath will never force those treatment options on you but instead will take the time to understand your story, assess your case and direct you the correct health care practitioner. We work very closely with a wide network of specialised consultant in Central London. This will save you time and stress. We literally have your back!
They both share similar techniques when it comes to manipulation of the joints. However, they have a different philosophy. Chiropractic believe that your nervous system is at the centre of your health and via focusing on the alignment of the spine health can be improved. Osteopathy looks at the body as a whole and does not focus necessarily solely on the spine but how all the joints work together. An Osteopath traditionally incorporate more soft tissue release technique to target inflamed muscle and treat other area of the body that can impact your recovery. Additionally, the prescription of take-home exercises and rehabilitation is used to give you full control over your health and take an active part to your recovery.
Structural Osteopathy is based on modern training where muscle and joint are treated with a variety of hands-on techniques. This involved stretching, joint articulation and manipulation that can help with injuries, joints, muscular pain or simply to sustain healthy body function. Osteopaths often use exercises prescription as part of their holistic approach. This particular approach is what we offer at West 1 Physiotherapy. Cranial Sacral Osteopathy is based on a gentle application of pressure to the bones of the skull. This is believed to affect the dynamic of the cerebral fluid within the cranium. The pressure applied is minimal and is focus on the harmonic movements of the bone of the skull or to the sacral area (a large triangular bone at the base of your lower back). The concept of cranial/sacral therapy is also based on stimulating your parasympathetic system that often is affected by high level of stress. Some people find real benefits from this particular approach.
The treatment options that we offer aim to alleviate the pain and not cause more. Despite our best intentions, occasionally some soreness can be developed from our treatment. It is all normal part of your body response to the healing processes. Pain is not always an indicator of damage. It can be a sign of your immune system reacting while attempting to heal the injured tissues.