Osteopathy is a complementary therapy using hands-on techniques to move, stretch and adjust the muscles and joints of the body, so that it can perform at its maximum efficiency.
It is a system of healthcare that promotes structural well-being within the body by gentle manipulation of muscles, bones and joints. The body gets subjected to stress and strains in everyday life, and occasionally, the body malfunctions when these stresses prove too much.
Osteopathy is a manual therapy that treats all structural and mechanical parts of the body. It was introduced to the UK in the early 1900s and developed ever since it is widely accepted as a very effective treatment for most musculoskeletal disorders.
At St Mary's Practice, we have been providing musculoskeletal healthcare for over 30 years and consider every patient's needs to be an individual one.
Because of the physical nature of the treatment, it is not unusual to feel stiff or sore in the first 24-48 hours after treatment. If you have concerns about your discomfort following treatment, please contact the clinic.
Osteopaths specialise in diagnosing, treating, managing, and preventing musculoskeletal related disorders.
You will be given a clear explanation of the diagnosis and discuss treatment to suit your condition explaining the benefits and possible side effects, if any involved.
The number and frequency of sessions for a successful treatment will vary depending on the condition. The severity and age of the condition, as well as individual lifestyles will also have a bearing, as chronic disorders will often require an extended period of treatment.
Osteopathy is a hands-on treatment involving massage of soft tissues and the manipulation of the spine and joints. You will be asked for permission to be treated (known as consent) before proceeding with the first treatment. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.
Self-preservation measures and exercises may be recommended to assist your recovery and prevent recurrence or worsening of symptoms.
During your first consultation, a comprehensive history will be taken, including the Onset of the problem, lifestyle, previous medical history and issues relating to your presenting problem. This information is handled in confidence in the therapy room with your clinician.
Following this, you may be asked to undress to your underwear (not always necessary) so that movement and posture can be assessed by your osteopath. You will then be treated.
Treatment is gentle and should not be painful. You will then be reassessed and advised on preventing future reoccurrence, or a follow-up appointment will be made. Each appointment time takes approximately 30 mins.
David Keyte B.Ost is the owner and principal osteopath at St Mary's Practice. With a career in the fitness industry and teaching Martial Arts, David was introduced to Osteopathy after being treated following an injury; this inspired him to train at the British School of Osteopathy, qualifying in 2005. It's been musculoskeletal ever since.
"It's important to me that St Marys Practice is a friendly and caring environment for anyone visiting us. " David Keyte