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Osteopathy

Our practice aims to provide osteopathy for the whole family.

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment designed to provide pain relief for the body’s structural and mechanical problems. A gentle form of treatment, osteopathy can benefit most types of aches, pains and strains in people of every age. It is a natural therapy which combines manual ‘hands-on’ techniques with exercise and advice.

An osteopath works to restore your body to a state of balance without using drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage techniques to increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscular tension, enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help a person’s own healing mechanisms.

An osteopath may treat many conditions, although a common myth is that most people think of us as ‘back specialists’. However osteopathic treatment can benefit all parts of the skeleton. It does not just target your symptoms but treats the parts of the body that have caused these symptoms.

Osteopaths assess and treat people of all types and ages: from the very elderly to the newborn, and from pregnant women to elite sports people. For more information about osteopathy please go to:
www.osteopathy.org.uk or www.chhabraosteopathy.co.uk

For more information or to make an appointment to see one of our osteopaths, please call reception on 020 8545 0965

Prices: Wimbledon £47
Woking £42
Hinchley Wood £42

What can an osteopath treat?

Not just your back!

Osteopathy may be synonymous with back pain but that is truly limiting. Osteopathy can be used to treat many other muscul0-skeletal dysfunctions and help to ease many pregnancy related problems.

These include:

  • Minor sports injuries
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neck and arm pain
  • Shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand problems
  • Hip, knee and foot problems
  • Whiplash
  • Postural problems experienced during pregnancy
  • Childhood muscular/joint aches and pains

As well as the conventional structural approach, some people, especially babies and young children respond especially well to the subtle approach of Cranial Osteopathy (link to cranial page)

What to expect
On your first visit to us, a thorough case history will be taken. You will be asked questions relating to your specific complaint, plus other more general health questions, to ensure that it is safe and appropriate to treat you using osteopathic techniques. If you wish, you may have a friend or relative present during the appointment. All patients under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The interview will help the osteopath to gain a better understanding of you as an individual. You will then be asked to undress to your underwear for a full postural assessment to be carried out. You may also be asked to perform some movements to help the osteopath reach a diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan. Sometimes other tests are also carried out, e.g. taking blood pressure, checking reflexes, etc.

Like all things (such as taking medication) there may be a small risk of an adverse reaction to certain techniques used in your treatment. The incidence of this is so small that there are no actual statistics, but it is likely to be a fraction of 1%. Never-the-less we are legally obliged to inform you that treatment may, in rare circumstances, cause an adverse effect, with potential side effects ranging from a muscular ache to vascular thrombi or partial weakness/ loss of sensation.

Please be aware of this and ask your osteopath to explain more fully if you wish. We will assume you are happy to give us you ongoing consent to treatment, knowing the potential risks, unless you tell us otherwise.

Cranial osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy is a very gentle specialty within Osteopathy which is particularly useful for the treatment of children. It can be helpful if a child has had a difficult birth or for those “unsettled” babies and children. Cranial Osteopathy works with the body’s involuntary mechanisms, helping to restore a calming balance to natural biorhythms by means of gentle massage of the child’s skull.

It has always been a major part of the conceptual basis of osteopathy that the body functions as a whole, and that all states of health, are mirrored by the rest of the body. In this, osteopathy falls within the holistic paradigm of health, a way of looking at health, which is rapidly regaining a foothold within the scientific world. Although osteopathy does not claim to cure illnesses, it may help in trying to alleviate a range of health problems.

For more information or to make an appointment to see one of our cranial osteopaths, please call reception on 020 8545 0965