Osteopathy

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 as a whole unit.

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.  The cause is commonly due to wear and tear, poor posture, injury, stress, or disease 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

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 block pain messages.

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.  

Problems with the mechanics of the joints in the feet may be treated with simple stretching and strengthening exercises, but underlying foot and lower limb structural problems 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 (AKA Counselling)

Psychotherapy and counselling are talking therapies that help people with emotional, social or mental health problems. 

Sessions with a trained psychotherapist offer an environment in which you can express your feelings and gain a deeper insight into your difficulties. Psychotherapy sessions are confidential, so you can talk about things you might not feel comfortable discussing with anyone else. The aim is to help you find better ways to cope, or to bring about changes in the way you think and behave that will improve your mental and emotional well-being.

The term ‘psychotherapy’ covers a range of approaches and methods. In this clinic we offer Person-Centred Counselling. The Person-Centred Approach, with it's focus on the whole person, offers the opportunity and potential for help with a wide range of emotional difficulties. We welcome individuals and couples alike.

 


DEXA/ Osteoporosis Screening Days

Osteoporosis Screening Days are run throughout the year dependent on referrals and  demand. 

A DEXA scan is a special type of X-ray that measures bone mineral density (BMD).  A DEXA scan is more effective than normal X-rays in identifying low bone mineral density.   DEXA stands for "dual energy X-ray absorptiometry", and is often known as DXA, bone density scan, or a bone densitometry scan.   DEXA scans are often used to diagnose osteoporosis (when the bones become weak and fragile, and are more likely to break).  They can also be used to assess the risk of osteoporosis developing in women aged over 50 and in men over 60.

A registered radiographer uses a DEXA scanner to accurately measure bone density.  Bone density directly correlates to fracture risk.  You will receive printed results, and have them explained to you. Those shown to be at risk will be asked to consult their GP with a view to starting early treatment for fracture prevention..

Who should have a DEXA scan......?   Osteoporosis will affect 1 in 3 women and one in 5 men.  In addition to age, the other major risk factor is declining hormone levels.  This includes women with low oestrogen levels as a result of early menopause or hysterectomy, or men with low testosterone levels as a result of testicular problems.  There is a hereditary risk for people with a family history of osteoporosis.  And there are other more modifiable risk factors which include people on long-term oral corticosteroids (including asthma inhalers), smoking, high alcohol intake, and low physical inactivity, especially in those with a low body weight.  If you are over 50 and have one or more of these risk factors you should probably get your bone health checked.


Not sure which one is right for you?

Please call or email us... Our reception staff are not clinicians and so cannot direct your treatment, but where necessary they will ask one of the practitioners to call you back to discuss your needs.

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.