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Osteopathy

Osteopathy Clinic in Luton

Leagrave Therapy Clinic is a well-known osteopathy clinic in Bedfordshire. Contact me today for details on various treatments.

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a process focusing on diagnosis, rehabilitation and preventing disorders primarily of the body’s musculoskeletal system, which includes joints, muscles, nerves and ligaments. Osteopaths use a wide range of hands-on treatment techniques including massage mobilisation or manipulation of joints, reinforced with lifestyle guidance, exercise and postural advice. From circulatory problems and sports injuries to digestion problems, all can be treated at Leagrave Therapy Clinic.


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What Is Osteopathic Treatment?

Osteopathic treatment is hands-on using a wide range of treatment techniques to the spine and joints which may include:

Soft Tissue Techniques, Trigger Points and Passive Stretching Techniques.                                               
Masage, pressure to muscles to release tension and tightness.                                   

Mobilisation 
Moving joints to release stiffness and tension with the aim of
improving range and quality of movement. 

Osteopathic Manipulation
Osteopathic spinal manipulation is different from spinal manipulation due to the need of understanding the Osteopathic philosophy which is learnt over a 4 to 5 year Osteopathy degree course at university. It is therefore the application of these techniques that distinguishes osteopaths and osteopathic practice. The philosophy learnt involves the practitioner to understand when and why to apply a particular treatment technique with the aim of improving certain changes within the body in terms of its movement and function. 

Cranial Osteopathy
A very gentle technique using the hands to release tension or balance movement in the skull and body. 

Other
Other treatment methods may also include kinesiology taping, electrotherapy and prescribing home exercise advice. 

Your osteopath will explain to you the treatment methods they offer and you will have an opportunity to discuss which techniques they think best for your condition. If you are unhappy with any of these techniques being offered or used please let your practitioner know and they can plan your treatment accordingly. 
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Conditions patients Often See 
Osteopaths For:

Osteopathy can help and relieve a wide range of conditions broadly ranging from: 
  • Generalised aches and pains
  • Back pain or general acute and chronic backache (not arising from injury or accident)
  • Sciatica
  • Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury, i.e. whiplash)
  • Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic or migraine prevention)
  • Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
  • Arthritic pain
  • Frozen shoulder, shoulder and elbow pain, tennis elbow (lateral epicondilitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
  • Muscle cramp, minor sports injuries and tensions
  • Rheumatic pain, joint pains, stiff joints and lumbago
  • Circulatory problems
  • Digestion problems
  • Neuralgia and Fibromyalgia
  • Inability to relax
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What to Expect At Your First Visit?

During a patient’s first visit, time will be spent taking their full medical case history, including information about their lifestyle and daily environment. Patients will be asked to partially undress before performing a few simple movements to assess the body’s structures of discomfort. 

Should you be uncomfortable to disrobe, patients are usually covered by towels or have the option of wearing a gown or taking shorts and a sleeveless top.

A physical assessment will then be carried out using a series of neurological, orthopaedic and osteopathic tests. A full diagnosis can then be made to establish a treatment plan that is suitable for the patient’s individual needs. All treatment applications are designed to reduce symptoms and improve their condition.

Osteopaths should make the patient feel at ease and therefore any treatment intentions or techniques used will be explained before they are performed. Patients are encouraged to ask questions throughout the treatment process should they feel unsure about anything at any time.  Please do not hesitate to ask your osteopath to stop treatment and explain anything said or done at any time during your appointment.

It may take several sessions before your condition is relieved. 


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At Your Appointment

As an osteopathic patient you are entitled to the highest standard of care and you should expect your osteopath to:
  • Make your care their priority
  • Treat you with dignity and respect
  • Involve you in decisions about your care
  • Respond promptly to your concern
  • Respect and protect your private information
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Unregistered Osteopathic Practice is Illegal

The title 'osteopath' is protected by law. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the GOsC (General Osteopathic Council).
The GOsC can, and will, prosecute people who practise as osteopaths when they are not on the GOsC register.

History of Osteopathy

The therapy is recognised as a primary healthcare profession and a manual medicine based on the clinical experiences of the American founder, Andrew Taylor Still (1828 – 1917). He composed the term osteopathy, which derives from the Greek language ‘osteon’ meaning bone and ‘pathos’ which means suffering. Osteopathic medicine emphasises the relationship between the body’s structures that govern functions. Osteopaths recognise that the body has a natural self-healing mechanism and will observe the patient as a unit physically, psychologically and spiritually.

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01582 596 380 or 07890 292 987
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