A regulated field of healthcare devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of problems in the body's bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, nerves and connective tissues. Osteopaths are concerned with how well all these parts function together.
Osteopaths use highly refined observation and palpation skills to diagnose the problem and, importantly, also try to identify the cause of the dysfunction to try to prevent it recurring.
Often there is no major pathology but the system is not working well because of an imbalance of stiffness or laxity. Some joints may be stiff, or overlying muscles become shorter or too toned. In other places there may be too much movement because of strained joint ligaments, or overlying muscles weakening or having poor tone. The cause is commonly due to degeneration, postural adaptations, injury, stress, or trapped nerves to name a few.
Treatment restores normal movement and function using a combination of gentle massage, muscle stretching, joint mobilisations, and joint manipulations as appropriate. We may also suggest exercises, or changes to lifestyle and body use to prevent the problem recurring.
Medical Acupuncture is a treatment technique involving the insertion of fine needles. It is an adaptation of Chinese Acupuncture using modern knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology and the principles of evidence based medicine.
In this clinic we use Medical Acupuncture soley to reduce muscle spasm and to desensitise the system to pain.
Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle and this causes effects locally in the muscle, in the spinal cord, and in the brain too. In the muscle it causes the release of locally acting hormones which reduce muscle tone and increase blood flow. In the spinal cord and brain it increases the body's release of natural painkillers (Endorphin, Dynorphin, and Serotonin) in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. Endorphin, Dynorphin and Serotonin change the way that pain messages are perceived in the brain and also bring a sense of wellbeing.
During treatment fine needles are inserted through the skin and left in place for a short time. This is normally painless and not unpleasant.
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Podiatry (AKA Chiropody)
A regulated field of healthcare devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of foot and lower-limb disorders. Podiatrists are concerned with the overall health of the feet which includes the joint mechanics, nerves, and blood circulation, as well as the skin and nails.
Using highly refined observation and palpation skills, our podiatrist can identify the dysfunction, which is often due to wear and tear, poor shoeing, running technique, injury, diabetes or other disease to name a few. Poor mechanics of the bones and joints in the feet can cause pain in the feet and sometimes in the knees, hips and lower back too. Our specialist aims to resolve these underlying foot problems.
Treatments may vary from simple corn and callous removal, to the management of complex problems like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. Our podiatrist can also perform minor surgical procedures such as nail surgery with local anaesthetics.
Mechanical problems in the foot and lower limb may be treated with simple stretching and strengthening exercises, but are often more effectively treated by using orthotics. Orthotics are prescription insoles which support or correct foot function. They work by aligning the bones in the foot to reduce stress on ligaments and muscles, and to improve gait and posture in the body as a whole.
Psychotherapy and counselling are talking therapies that help people with emotional, social or mental health problems.
Not sure which one is right for you?
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We also offer free screening... This means that you can come and discuss your condition with us free of charge. We will examine you, reach a diagnosis and then suggest the most appropriate action. This may be treatment at the clinic, or if treatment is not appropriate we may refer you for further investigation, or back to your GP. You will only pay if you decide to start treatment in that session.