Treatment & fees
Treatment & fees
YOUR FIRST VISIT TO THE Purbeck Practice will consist of a thorough medical case history which will include a full medical screening and an examination of your existing complaint. This is followed by a full examination to unearth any possible underlying problems and then treatment.
Treatment consists of soft tissue massage, manipulation, joint articulation, exercise and rehabilitation. The type of treatment will vary according to the type and degree of condition and the age and fitness of the subject. Osteopathy can treat a wide range of conditions:
Arthritis is generally divided into two basic conditions:
i) OSTEOARTHRITIS, or ‘degenerative arthritis’ is the most common type and is linked with ‘wear and tear’ of the joints resulting from excessive stress and strain put on an area through poor posture, heavy manual work and old injuries. The joints involved become worn, painful, and stiff. This type of arthritis is commonly seen and treated effectively by Osteopaths.
ii) Inflammatory arthritis such as RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS not only produces painful, swollen, and stiff joints, but affects the whole body including a breakdown in the immune system. Whilst this type of arthritis is more difficult to treat, Osteopathic approaches are able to relieve the musculo-skeletal symptoms.
Osteoarthritis is principally associated with old age. Most cases of Primary Osteoarthritis develops in previously healthy joints in people over 50. At least half of the UK population over the age of 65 will have some Osteoarthritis in some joint(s). Most cases are mild, but about 1 in 10 people over 65 have a major disability due to Osteoarthritis, usually when it affects the hip or knee.
Secondary Osteoarthritis develops in joints previously abnormal for a variety of reasons. For example, it may develop in injured or deformed joints. This can occur in younger people.
Many arthritis sufferers are told that their condition is untreatable and that they must learn to live with their condition by using pain killers or anti-inflammatory drugs. Osteopathy doesn’t aim to reverse the damage already done to the joints but professional treatment can certainly ease the pain, improve stiffness, reduce the swelling, and restore some joint mobility. This can usually lead to less of a reliance on medication and consequently less problems with the complicated side effects of the drugs, such as digestive and blood disorders.
Osteopathy aims to optimise the mobility of arthritic joints as far as possible. Neighbouring joints and tissues may also benefit from treatment to ensure that they are functioning well enough to take the extra strain and compensate for the damaged joint(s), thus maintaining an improved mobility.
In chronic cases, the cause of pain not be the arthritic joints themselves. The body often naturally tries to protect the joint by ‘splinting’ it with muscle spasm and it is the muscles and soft tissues that are the source of the aches and pains. Osteopathic treatment can reduce this excessive muscle tension, ease the pain and improve movement.
Osteopathy is often an ideal treatment for most sports injuries, and whether you’re an enthusiastic amateur or an elite professional, an osteopath can help with the prevention and treatment of common sporting injuries:
Pains and strains
• low back pain (including sciatica).
• muscle and ligament injuries.
• knee pain (including mobility and degeneration).
• shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries.
• foot and ankle complaints.
• reduced joint flexibility (e.g. golfers’ immobility).
• mechanical limitations (e.g. gymnastic manœuvres).
Injuries caused by overuse
• tennis and golfer’s elbow.
• jumper’s knee.
• tenosynovitis and tendonitis.
Osteopathy recognises that much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in our body’s structure and function. Diagnosis and treatment deals with problems with muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints to help the body’s natural healing ability.
Most treatment involves gentle, manual techniques: easing pain, reducing swelling and improving mobility. Often, this involves manipulation which can result in an audible ‘crack’ which is simply the sound of gas bubbles popping in the fluid of the joints. Osteopathic treatment does not involve the use of drugs or surgery.
The constantly changing stresses and strains of pregnancy, along with the influence of changing hormonal balances on ligaments and joints, can highlight old physical weaknesses. Finding new ways to become comfortable because of the changes in size and shape will often introduce new aches and pains.
Despite wide-held beliefs, backache, sciatica and hip pain are not an inevitable part of pregnancy. In actual fact, this is generally is a time when women are usually more responsive to the benefits of Osteopathic treatment. Using massage techniques, mobilisation and stretching of joints, together with simple exercise regimes and sensible back care advice, Osteopathy can certainly help ease the discomfort.
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD), diagnosed as pain or pressure in the groin or lower abdomen, can make walking and even moving extremely difficult. The majority of patients with these (often misdiagnosed) symptoms respond very well to Osteopathy.
Osteopathy can also provide space for the growing foetus to move within the womb by releasing areas of tightness or restriction and thus helping with foetal positioning as the pregnancy develops. Both mother and baby can duly be better prepared for labour and delivery.
After nine months of pregnancy and the experience of labour, you now have a growing baby to lift, carry, feed, and comfort. Osteopathy can also have postnatal benefits, helping to get you back in shape more quickly and to help you deal with the stresses and strains of early motherhood.
Statistics suggest that there are over 3 million asthma sufferers in the UK, and the number of people who are being diagnosed with the condition are increasing. It is a complex problem with many possible aggravating factors, but there is an ever-increasing reliance on medication aimed at relieving or controlling asthma symptoms, rather than addressing the causes.
Osteopathic treatment will not cure asthma but it can help to improve the breathing mechanism. By improving these mechanics, as well as correcting problems with posture that are commonly associated with asthma, the body is more able to overcome any problems associated with breathing restrictions. This should improve breathing generally and also reduce the need for medication.
Asthma sufferers generally breathe more shallowly and at a faster rate; rather than spreading the breathing process across the whole chest, patients characteristically employ just the upper chest area. Osteopathic treatment can provide improved movement within the rib cage and upper back as well as encouraging the diaphragm and lower chest to become more involved in the breathing process.
Attempts by chronic asthma sufferers to make breathing easier during an attack by using additional respiratory muscles often results in a habitual rounding of the shoulders. This posture actually hinders the whole process of breathing and creates abnormal muscular tension patterns. Osteopathic treatment can encourage the shoulders to fall back and allow the chest cavity to expand more freely so improving the breathing technique.
Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation
Marcus Davis is a qualified practitioner of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation (DNS), a manual and rehabilitative approach to optimise the movement system based upon the scientific principles of developmental kinesiology (infant or primitive reflexes). DNS was developed by Professor Pavel Kolar, a Czech physiotherapist, and it is rapidly gaining attention and acceptance in the sports rehabilitation and performance arena for both the recovery from musculoskeletal overuse injuries and in injury prevention.
Dynamic neuromuscular (core) stability is necessary for optimal athletic performance and is not achieved purely by adequate strength of abdominals, spinal extensors, gluteals or any other musculature; rather, core stabilisation is accomplished through precise coordination of these muscles and intra‐abdominal pressure regulation by the central nervous system. Understanding primitive core movements and reflexes provides a framework to appreciate the regional interdependence and the inter‐linking of the skeleton, joints, musculature during movement and the importance of training both the dynamic and stabilising function of the muscles.
The basis for the theories that are included in DK is that development of human motor function in early childhood is genetically pre‐determined and follows a predictable pattern. These motor patterns or programs are formed as the central nervous system matures, enabling the infant to control posture, achieve erect posture against gravity, and to move purposefully via muscular activity. These central movement patterns that are inborn or ‘hard‐wired’; for example, an infant does not need to be taught when and how to lift its head up, grasp a toy, roll over, creep, or crawl. All these movement patterns or muscular synergies occur automatically in a specific developmental sequence throughout the course of childhood development.
There is also a strong synchrony between the development of the central nervous system and structural or anatomical development of bones, muscles, and other soft tissues. In short, growth of the brain influences development of motor patterns, which in turn, influences structural development.
The ultimate strategy of DNS is to ‘train the brain’ to maintain central control, joint stability and ideal quality of movement that is achieved through guidance from your osteopath. Eventually, through repetition of the exercises, the central control establishes an automatic model that becomes a fundamental part of everyday movement and skills. Integration of an ideal pattern of stabilisation in sport activities would not only reduce the risk of injuries and secondary pain syndromes resulting from overloading, but may also improve sport performance.
New Consultation £48.00
Follow-up Treatments £38.00
Outcall (home visits) £70.00
All that is required is space to erect a portable treatment couch for massage & manipulation.
Most insurance companies now provide cover for Osteopathic Treatment; please check the details of your policy.