Getting you back to a life you love! 

Jane Allen, Osteopath

How many treatments will it take?

Treatment lengths vary and can depend on the nature of the presenting complaint, whether it is acute or chronic, whether there is tissue injury and how well your body responds to treatment.

Between 2 to 6 treatments is common, initially with treatment at weekly intervals to see some improvement, then gradually spacing out appointments to wider intervals. 

Conditions which have been present for more than 3 months, or where there is a history of recurrence, may take longer to resolve. 

There may also be long-term benefit in having 'maintenance' treatments to ensure that structural issues don't result in a recurrence of the problem or that stresses and strains that you can't avoid don't have any lasting effect. These are typically 4-6 weeks apart.

Visiting for the first time 

Your first visit will generally take about an hour

A detailed medical history will be taken followed by a physical examination, for which you will normally be asked to undress to your underwear and to perform a series of simple movements so that the mobility of your body can be evaluated. Then, using a developed sense of touch, I will identify any abnormalities in the structure and function of your body, including areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction or strain. This enables me to make a diagnosis and I will then discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan for you. 

If you don't want to dress down to your underwear then please feel free to bring some loose shorts and a vest-type top. Your comfort is my key concern! 

Once your 
examination is complete and the diagnosis explained, appropriate hands-on treatment can begin. 
Treatment will normally involve gentle soft tissue (muscles, tendons etc.) mobilisation and stretching techniques coupled with the precise articulation and manipulation of specific joints. I have lots of different techniques to use so if there's anything you've tried before and don't like or have concerns about just let me know and we can always use an acceptable alternative.

I will also generally give you advice on how to help yourself including exercises or stretches as well as how you may need to modify your work or home life whilst you recover.
After treatment some patients can feel tired or their symptoms may be a little worse for 24-48 hours. This is a perfectly normal part of the healing process. If you have any concerns at all after treatment don't hesitate to get in touch. 

My Training

In addition to the 5-year degree in osteopathy I completed, osteopaths are required to participate in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) as part of their ongoing registration. I attend a number of these sessions each year to keep me up to date with developments and to learn new techniques. Below is a selection of some of the training I have completed:

Western Medical Acupuncture - used in conjunction with Osteopathy (details HERE)
Sports Massage
Kinesiotaping - used in conjunction with osteopathy (details HERE)
The Perrin Technique
Minimally Invasive Manipulation

I also have an  interest in chronic pain and particularly the psychological component of long-term pain. As part of this I have completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of East London. If you are interested in exploring how your pain may be affected by psychological difficulties please visit ONE LIFE counselling & coaching

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