“Treating the individual”
In line with guidance from the General Osteopathic Council and the Institute of Osteopathy, we will be continuing to operate with PPE and infection controls in place.
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What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is system of medical treatment founded by Dr Andrew Taylor Still in the early 20th century, when conventional medicine of the time had failed to prevent the untimely deaths of his three children. Although often referred to as alternative medicine, osteopathy is grounded in a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The relationship between these – often referred to as structure and function – is a fundamental principle of osteopathy. If the structure is improved, then improved function is inevitable! Treatment focuses on optimising this relationship.
During an osteopathic treatment, manual therapy is applied to joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons etc. Osteopaths use a variety of techniques which can assist and support the body in relaxing tense and inflamed tissues and improving circulation and fluid movement. Such treatment can reduce pain, improve range of movement and be of general benefit to the patient’s wellbeing.
Problems that can be helped by osteopathic treatment:
- Back, neck, shoulder pain, etc
- Joint pain
- Tension headaches
- Reduction of arthritic pain
- Pain relief during pregnancy
- Sports injuries
- Relief from some of the symptoms of IBS, Parkinson’s disease, and other progressive or chronic conditions, ie fibromyalgia.
In light of the current pandemic, and with guidance from the Institute of Osteopathy and The General Osteopathic Council, Staplehurst Osteopathy has introduced the following:-
For your comfort, please bring a large towel with you to put over the freshly disinfected couch.
Please arrive on time as we cannot allow you to wait inside the clinic at this time. We would ask everyone entering the clinic to make use of the hand sanitiser provided. On arrival you will be screened for Covid 19 again, and your temperature will be taken remotely. During treatment we would request that you wear a mask if possible (available on request).
The treatment couch, door handles, etc will be cleaned between treatments and the clinic aired out . Your osteopath will wear fresh PPE (mask and apron) for each patient.