About NU Osteopathy
Osteopathy is a gentle and effective medical approach derived from the work of Dr Andrew Taylor Still, an American physician who was disillusioned with mainstream medical philosophy which prevails to this day.
His overriding holistic principle was that our health is dependent on our mind, body and spirit. Imbalance in any one area results in imbalances in the other two. As far back as the 1870’s he recognised the importance of the blood in fighting infection and maintaining cell health throughout the body. Osteopathy, through a wide range of techniques developed for over a hundred years, aims to re-establish health by ensuring optimum movement from the smallest cell to the largest organs and joints.
Modern medicine is catching up with Still’s excellent understanding of anatomy and physiology. One of his pupils Sutherland developed ‘cranial osteopathy’ which ensures the removal of restrictions in any joint of the body – from the cranium to the smallest bones in the ear using the most delicate and gentle movements to allow the body to return to harmony.
Cranial osteopathy is suitable for use on all people and particularly babies whose bodies are still forming.
We very much look forward to seeing you in our clinic to see if we can help to restore balance back to your life.
Your osteopath will need to be able to see and physically examine areas of your body contributing to your complaint. We use drapes and towels to ensure your dignity during treatment.
Patients who are uncomfortable undressing to their underwear are welcome to wear shorts, sports bra or close-fitting garments.
Young people under the age of 16 will only be treated with an accompanying adult. Everybody else is welcome to bring a trusted companion to their appointment.
During your first appointment, your osteopath will ask you about your medical history and lifestyle, as well as any symptoms you may be experiencing. This is very important as it will help them to make an accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment.
They will then examine the areas of your body causing discomfort. They will need to feel for any tightness in the soft tissues and stiffness in the joints and will need to touch these areas to identify problems.
They will explain what they are doing as they go along.
The cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, for example, pain in your lower arm is often linked to the nerves in your neck.
Treatment typically involves several sessions of manual therapy designed to release tension, stretch and relax muscles and mobilise joints. We may also use gentle visceral and cranial techniques to help return the body to optimal functioning.
If you are uncomfortable with any part of this, you have the right to ask them to stop at any stage, without prejudicing your future treatment.
Occasionally we may diagnose an illness which would better be treated by a different medical colleague. We will always seek your permission before referring you on for further investigations.
Most of the techniques we use are gentle and painless. The nature of your complaint, however, might make you more sensitive to pain and we always value your feedback if you find a particular treatment exacerbates your symptoms.
Some patients experience a ‘treatment reaction’ while their body readjusts to the effects of the treatment. If this has not improved within 48-hours please ring us for further support.
At the start of your first appointment, your osteopath will record information about your medical history and lifestyle, as well as any symptoms you may be experiencing. This is essential in helping them to make an accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment.
Your records will be treated as confidential in accordance with standards of practice set out by the General Osteopathic Council and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
If you wish, you may request a copy of your notes, but you may be charged an administration fee for this.
All osteopaths working in Britain are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council. They are required to successfully complete a Masters in Osteopathy in one of the accredited institutions. This includes over 1000 hours of successful supervised clinical practice.