Physiotherapy & Osteopathy

We are dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal (bone, muscle, nerve, disc, tendon, ligament) problems and sporting/ traumatic injuries.

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a profession dedicated to restoring and maintaining optimal function of the joints, bones, muscles and nerves of the body. It’s a hands on therapy that involves observing, testing and feeling how your body moves to determine what is causing your injury/pain.

It uses a variety of techniques such as:

  • Joint Manipulation
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Exercises
  • Taping
  • Joint Mobilisation
  • Stretching
  • Taping
  • Clinical Pilates
  • Ultrasound

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy, similar to physiotherapy, is a system of complementary medicine involving the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal complaints via a range of hands on manipulative therapies.

In many senses it is very similar to Physiotherapy, however the philosophy of Osteopathy sets it apart from other medical disciplines. The key principles of Osteopathic practise are based on all parts of the body functioning together in an integrated manner. If one part of the body is not functioning properly, then the rest of the body must adapt and compensate for this, eventually leading to common problems such as joint stiffness, muscular tension, inflammation, pain and other health conditions. Osteopathy aims to free the body of restrictions. When your body moves freely and forces are balanced, it is given an opportunity to heal itself therefore decreasing the likelihood of pain.

Osteopaths use a similar range of techniques to Physiotherapists including soft tissue stretching, deep tactile pressure, and mobilisation or manipulation of joints.

Osteopathy is a five-year university course, which includes a degree and masters qualification. Osteopaths are highly regulated by the general Osteopathic Council and work closely with GPs and other allied health professionals.

What to expect from your first appointment

Becky will…

  • Talk to you about your problem and discuss your medical history (please bring any relevant letters, scans, x-ray reports and a list of current medication).
  • Assess your problem by watching you move and using diagnostic tests. This is a hands on therapy so the area in question and adjacent areas will also be assessed.
  • Give you a working diagnosis – i.e. what they think the problem is. Sometimes this is not completely clear initially but becomes more apparent through the treatment process.
  • Will give you a short treatment or some exercises dependant on the time left after assessment.
Your initial appointment should last 40 minutes. If you have more than one area that needs assessing please request a longer 55 minute initial assessment.

Follow up appointments are either 25 or 40 minutes in length depending on how many body areas are being treated. These sessions are predominantly treatment or exercise based.

For our EXISTING clients

  • 1st Appointment – Understanding and assessing the problem

  • Duration: 30 minutes

  • • In depth discussion of current problem area (we can only cover 1 problem in this time frame – please tell us in advance if you need longer)
  • • Review of medical history including all existing health conditions & medications
  • • Observation and dynamic assessment of your problem area
  • • Diagnosis
  • • Provision setting of ‘self-help homework’
  • • Discussion of plan ahead
  • After this appointment, you will be sent further information/homework within 1-2 working days of your appointment.
  • This may include:

  • • Filming yourself doing the activity that causes discomfort e.g walking or running
  • • Filming/photos of your work station set-up
  • • Watching a video r.e certain movements we need you to do for assessment purposes and then filming yourself doing them
  • • Watching a video of exercises and then practicing them
  • 2nd Appointment – Consolidation of diagnosis, review of ‘self-help homework’ & plan ahead

  • Duration: 15 minutes

  • • Review of diagnosis & answering your queries
  • • Discussion/review of ‘self-help homework’
  • • Agree & discuss a treatment plan/pathway going forward

How to Book

If you need to cancel or reschedule, let us know no less than 24 hours before your appointment and we will reschedule you or refund you in full.