Osteopathy

Visit an osteopath at the MJB Clinic today. 

Get in touch with us for amazing osteopathy treatments. Our clinic is located in Putney, South West London. 

The whole body approach

Osteopaths spend four to five years of training understanding the relationship between the body’s organs, joints and muscles and are experienced in treating disorders of the musculoskeletal structures throughout the whole body. Osteopathy is a person-centred approach that strives to provide the optimum condition for health by working with your body’s own healing mechanisms to achieve results. Osteopaths see people of all ages, including pregnant women and elite athletes.
 
The health risks associated with having osteopathic treatment are extremely low. If you have any concerns about the safety of your treatment, a member of the MJB Clinic's team will be happy to discuss these with you.

Back pain

Trouble with your back does not simply produce pain in the back. Often it may cause symptoms in other parts such as the buttocks, groin, hips, and legs (commonly called sciatica).
 
Problems in the spine and neck can also cause symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, clicking jaw, pins and needles and many more. Research has shown that problems related to the back may affect over 60% of the UK’s population at some stage in their lives.
 
Osteopaths are trained professionals who are skilled in diagnosing problems, including those which may require further investigation if necessary. Around 30,000 people currently consult osteopaths every working day with more than seven million consultations carried out every year (General Osteopathic Council).
 
NICE (the National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines recommend manipulative therapies including osteopathy for the treatment of lower back pain.

Keeping a healthy spine and joints

When young, the body can adapt easily to the stress and strain it is put under. As it grows older (over 25 years!) it begins to lose some of the elasticity which gives the body the flexibility to cope and adapt. In particular this applies to the discs between the vertebrae and the joint cartilage. These require regular movement to ensure their maximum range and thereby increase local circulation and nutrition to the surrounding fluids and tissues.

Osteopathy and getting older

Retirement can bring time for leisure, travel opportunities and other interests. This is the chance to take up those sports and activities that you never had time for whilst working and bringing up your family, e.g. golf, gardening, badminton, fitness classes etc. The body, however, has changed. It has lost some of its elasticity and ability to adapt. It has also experienced injuries and postural stress during those years, often resulting in repetitive strain injuries, stiffness and degenerative changes.
 
The onset of health issues such as high blood pressure, digestive and circulatory disorders and arthritis have all begun to have a noticeable effect on the body’s energy and ability to perform. Many grandparents also help working parents by caring for their grandchildren – a pleasure for many but also a strain on the older body.
 
Quality of life is especially important for this age group when there are increasing concerns about loss of independence and mobility.

Keeping healthy

Osteopathy can help greatly during this time. An osteopath will take a full case history so they can understand how the body has been affected so far. Then, after a full examination and assessment, the osteopath will be able to offer treatment and advice to help improve mobility, circulation and immune system function, and to reduce joint stiffness so that the older person can enjoy a full and active life in retirement.
 
The treatment is usually gentle and aims to maintain health and prevent further injury. Dietary advice may also be given to help maintain healthy bones and joints.

Are you fit for work?

Occupational injuries account for many millions of working days lost each year in Britain. No matter whether your work is in the office or outside on the land you need to be able to cope with the individual demands made on your body by the style of work you do. Manual work inevitably carries the inherent risk of injury caused by heavy and often awkward lifting, over-stretching, and periods of prolonged bending causing back and disc injuries, sciatica, and muscle strains.
 
In the office where desk work is more common, there are the dangers of ‘computer hump’ and ‘mouse wrist’, whilst frequent telephone use affects the neck and shoulders causing headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome etc.
 
Those who drive for a living need to be aware of their driving position as it affects not only their back, neck and shoulders but also the hips, knees and feet. Ask our osteopaths for advice on the correct driving position for you and any exercises which may help.

For the employee

Going to an osteopath demonstrates to your boss that you are taking an active role in trying to improve your health and reduce your injury. The MJB Clinic's osteopaths will help you look at the style of work you are undertaking and help you find ways of improving the situation and how to prevent a recurrence of your injuries. You will be treated and offered advice on posture and lifting. An osteopath can also provide you with a fit note.

Professionalism and safety

To qualify, an osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree. This is similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine and includes more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. By law, osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is an offence for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered.
The assessment

Musculoskeletal problems are common and often painful and debilitating. It is natural to worry about your symptoms, and our osteopaths will always discuss your concerns as part of a routine examination and will discuss your treatment options with you.
 
At the start of your first session, our osteopaths will take time to listen to you and ask questions about your symptoms, diet, general health, activities and lifestyle. This will help them to make an accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment(s) that you can consider.
 
They will then examine the area(s) of your body causing discomfort, which might include tests such as taking your blood pressure or testing your reflexes. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, so they may examine your whole body. Our osteopaths will feel for changes in your muscles and joints and examine these areas to identify problems. They may also assess your posture and the way you move.

Most osteopaths will begin your treatment at your first appointment, but sometimes they may suggest that you seek further tests first, for example blood tests or scans. Occasionally they may suggest that you consult your GP or another appropriate healthcare professional if osteopathy is not suitable for you.
 
Your treatment

Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle hands-on techniques. Treatment varies between patients depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis, but often focuses on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising joints. Before you receive treatment your osteopath and you will jointly decide on an appropriate and suitable treatment plan. Occasionally osteopathic techniques can result in an audible ‘click’, this is perfectly normal.
 
Research evidence shows that these manipulations can have beneficial effects, especially in the back, helping you to return to normal activity.

Who recognises osteopathy?

The General Osteopathic Council regulates the practice of osteopathy in the UK, promoting patient safety by setting and monitoring standards of osteopathic conduct. By law, an osteopath must be registered and comply with strict regulatory requirements. This gives patients the same guarantees and protection as those given by doctors and dentists.

You're in the safest of hands with us

Biomechanical assessments

Maybe you keep getting injured, or you are spending increasing amounts of time sitting at a desk, and are worried what effect this is having upon your body. A biomechanical assessment can help put your mind at rest, and identify any areas of dysfunction, and or asymmetry you may have. We will provide a report on our findings along with advice and recommendations to help prevent you from suffering an injury, or detrimental effects later on in life.

Sports specific

Biomechanical assessments can be great for athletes. Perhaps you are trying to get that extra 5 yards on your golf swing, or have begun training for a marathon and want to avoid injury. By carrying out a biomechanical assessment we can identify whether you have asymmetry in your anatomical structure, which may predispose you to injury, or is preventing you reaching your maximum potential in your chosen sport. A biomechanical assessment can help identify this, and give advice and recommendations on how you can improve this, to maximise your game's potential. Regardless of the sport, or what area you wish to improve, contact us and we can prepare a biomechanical assessment to suit your requirements.

How does it work?

The biomechanical assessments are conducted in sessions of 45 minutes and they include a comprehensive assessment of the structure, alignment and functioning of your body. Each assessment is tailored to you, so if you are a golfer and wish to maximise the potential of your golf swing, we will assess the areas which are important to do this. This will involve putting your body through a range of active movements, flexibility testing, strength testing and a comprehensive osteopathic examination.
 
If you are suffering from pain, we recommend that you book in for osteopathy at our sports injury clinic first, as this service is for those who are not currently suffering pain, and does not include any treatment.
Call MJB Clinic for osteopathy treatments. 
020 8226 2104

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