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COVID-19 Update for Lockdown 3
Face to face appointments are available for Osteopathy +/- Acupuncture with Andrew
(Asyra Screening and Fire Cupping with osteopathy may also be arranged)
If you are self isolating, in a high risk group, unable to travel or just don't feel confident to venture out
Telephone & Video Consultations are also Now Available.
With the exception of one week when we closed as a precaution Andrew has continued to work throughout the crisis for those in need. Sometimes just attending for one or 2 patients, we had the appropriate PPE & hygiene measures in place from the outset. As recognised primary healthcare practitioners, osteopaths were given exemption to work throughout 'lock down'. So yes you can consult and be treated (if appropriate) by an osteopath, even when you may not be able to get to see your GP. If it is considered that your problem does require further attention from elsewhere, then we can advise as such and write an appropriate referral letter if needed.
To request an appointment or enquire about a health problem & suitability for treatment
Please email via the Contact page in the menu.
Alternatively you can call the Holistic Centre 0151 336 6222 between the following times;
Tuesday 9.00- 17.00
Wed - none
However if you are a new patient or haven't attended since the first 'Lockdown', then you will still need to email the above address to enable us to send you our Guidelines for attending.
Osteopathy +/- Acupuncture
New Adult £50, Follow-up Adult £43
New Child £40, Follow-up Child £33
Telephone & Video Consultations
New Person £43
NB I will still need to take a full case history remotely for new people and will allow up to 45 mins & 30 mins respectively.
Why Osteopathy & Acupuncture Combined?
(Acupuncture is optional & no extra cost)
Osteopathy is performed immediately after the acupuncture to take advantage of the otherwise short term effect of the needles, maximising on the benefits of both treatments.
A simple example of low back pain & stiffness. - The local excessively tight lumbar muscles are needled to reduce the spasm, stimulate the release of pain relieving & 'feel good' hormones, as well as stimulating the local circulation to help clear away inflammation (cause of pain) and assist tissue healing. This then gives a greater chance of being able to release the stiff/locked joints underlying the problem with osteopathic manipulation, while reducing risk of 'flare up', recurrence and number of treatments needed.
Is a safe and natural approach to health care, treating individuals for health problems from birth to the pain of arthritis of 'the third age'. From the cradle to the rocking chair, as it were.
Osteopaths consider the body as the physical aspect of the whole person, rather than merely a structure to protect and support the vital organs. It is a 'hands on' approach using a highly trained sense of touch to examine and identify minor dysfunctions within the body. Treatment is focussed on the underlying dysfunction (where possible), rather than just treating the symptoms. Just rubbing the sore bit rarely works! Improving the function of the dysfunctional areas, optimises the body's ability to heal itself and relief from the symptoms usually follows.
A wide range of approaches may be used including:- soft tissue massage & stretch, passive joint movement and manipulation techniques. For the treatment of the new born and young children cranial osteopathy is usually the treatment of choice. This approach is also referred to as cranio-sacral osteopathy or craniosacral therapy.
Osteopathy is not a quick fix, despite often giving some immediate relief of acute symptoms. If advised, it is wise to have some further treatments to address the underlying problems and reduce the risk of the problem returning.
Everyone is treated as an individual and it is the person that is treated, rather than a condition. This is keeping with the holistic way of the original classical osteopaths of old. The very young or old would be treated using the cranial osteopathic approach & the more robust & younger may be offered the choice of the use of manipulation, as appropriate. This involves the releasing or 'clicking' of joints for which osteopaths are known. 'Clicks' from the spine are from the separation of the 2 surfaces of the small synovial joints called facet joints at the rear of the spine. Mechanically this is similar to pulling on a finger and the knuckle joint releasing with a click.
Legal Status of UK Registered Osteopaths
Since the Osteopath's Act '93 osteopaths have been recognised as Primary Health Care Practitioners. That means that Osteopaths are educated to and on a medico-legal par with doctors & dentists.
This also means that;
- Osteopathy is recognised as a discrete discipline by the British Medical Association.
- Osteopaths asses & diagnose according to osteopathic principles, although any medical tests (i.e. X-ray, MRI reports, bone density, blood test results, etc.) you may have had or medication you are taking will be important information for your best care. Please bring these with you!
- You do not need to be referred by your doctor you can simply call to make an appointment. If you have private health insurance, then check with them first as a few still insist on a GP referral/consent.
- In some areas you can be referred for osteopathic treatment on the NHS, so check with your GP.
- Osteopaths can provide a 'sick note' if considered to be appropriate.
- An osteopath can provide a detailed osteopathic report i.e. in cases of litigation due to a whiplash incident in a road traffic accident, work related injury, i.e. RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), etc.
- Your doctor should not 'officially' disapprove of osteopathic treatment, but we're all entitled to our own opinion.
- If your osteopath considers that you would be better helped by orthodox medicine then they will refer you to your GP or elsewhere for further medical tests/investigations.
- All osteopaths are now registered with the General Osteopathic Council, as it is now a mandatory requirement in the UK. If someone is not registered with the GOsC it is a legal offence to use the title osteopath, to practice osteopathy or claim to use osteopathic techniques.