Charlotte Knight B.Sc (HONS) Ost, MAcuC
We may feel your pulse and check your reflexes. We may also take your blood pressure and refer you for clinical tests, such as x-rays, if we think you need them.
Once a diagnosis has been made, a treatment plan will be discussed. We may sometimes feel that Osteopathy is not appropriate for you and refer you to your GP or another specialist such as an Orthopaedic Surgeon.
Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle non invasive techniques such as soft tissue massage, joint articulation, stretching and manipulations, to help relieve pain and mobilize your joints. Treatment is different for every patient, depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis. Sometimes, when we move joints you may hear a ‘click’. This is just like the click people get when they crack their knuckles.
Charlotte uses myofascial acupuncture or ‘dry needling’ when necessary to compliment their osteopathic techniques. It can be very effective to aid pain relief as it works by inhibiting the perception of pain. It compliments osteopathic treatment extremely well.
We may discuss exercises that you can do to improve your posture and movement in your workplace and everyday life.
For older babies and children, there are books and toys for them to play with during treatment.
Osteopaths at St.James’s are keen to make you feel at ease and they will communicate what they are doing. You will be free to ask questions at anytime during your consultation if you are unsure.
We are keen to treat your symptoms to get you pain-free, but also tackle the underlying cause of the problem to prevent recurrence.
If you are unsure whether you would benefit from treatment please feel free to ring the surgery and one of our Osteopaths or reception will be happy to talk to you.