Osteopathy & Pilates in Maidstone, Kent

Osteopathy Treatment

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What is Osteopathy and Osteopathy Treatment?

Osteopathy is a method of assessing, treating and preventing a wide range of health problems. As a registered Osteopath, I use a combination of movement, stretching, targeted deep tissue massage and manipulation of a person’s muscles and joints to improve function, relieve pain and aid recovery.

The body has the natural ability to maintain itself and, by helping this process, I can promote the restoration of normal function. The principle of osteopathy is that the wellbeing of an individual relies on the way that bones, muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and internal structures work with each other.

I always take the time to understand my patient’s unique combination of symptoms, medical history and lifestyle. This helps me to make an accurate diagnosis of the causes of the pain or lack of function (rather than just addressing the site of the condition), and from that, I formulate a treatment plan that will achieve the best outcome.

I frequently work alongside other health professionals, such as GPs, nurses and midwives as well as alternative medical practitioners. Osteopathy works well to complement other medical interventions including surgery and prescribed medication.

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) advises that GPs can safely refer patients to an Osteopath for treatment. Osteopathy is available on the NHS in some areas of the UK.

What does Osteopathy Treatment help with?

The most common problems that can be helped by Osteopathy include:

  • Lower back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Disc injuries, including sciatica

  • Knee pain

  • Arthritic pain

  • Sports injuries

  • Post-traumatic injuries – whiplash

  • Shoulder conditions – rotator cuff syndrome

  • Muscle tension and tears

What Osteopathic techniques are there?

The techniques I might commonly use include:

  • Soft tissue techniques

  • Mobilisation and manipulation of joints

  • Medical Acupuncture

  • Specific exercise prescription for the prevention and rehabilitation of injury and chronic pain

  • Taping to protect joints and injured tissues

  • Assessment and treatment of postural, pelvic and spinal alignment

I also use a range of therapy tools to optimise your Osteopathy treatment. You can find out more information about our Cupping and Dry Needling Therapies.

Your First Appointment

Your first appointment will involve a detailed case history, allowing me to gain a good understanding of your presentation as well as your health and general well-being. Next, is the examination, where I will ask you to do various movements, to allow me to see the restricted and mobile areas in your body. An explanation of findings and diagnosis will follow, ensuring that you understand what is causing the problems and how I will address them. This will then be followed by the treatment which will be tailored to your specific presentation, helping to alleviate the problem. 

What to Wear

In order for a thorough examination, you may be asked to undress to your undergarments, some people prefer to wear shorts which is absolutely fine as long as they are not too tight to restrict movement. Ladies can often wear a vest if preferred, although looking at the spine can be difficult with too many layers on. I aim to maintain your modesty so will always have a cover/blanket for your comfort. If you would feel more comfortable with a chaperone, please feel free bring someone else along to the appointment with you, which is absolutely fine. 

Safety and Regulation

Osteopaths are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is against the law to call yourself an osteopath unless you are qualified and registered with the GOsC. The minimum qualification for an osteopath is completion of a four or five year degree, which includes at least 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice. Osteopaths must continue to update and expand their knowledge by logging a minimum of 30 hours per year of continuing professional development. GOsC can remove an osteopath from the register if they fail to maintain a strict code of professional practice. I am registered with the GOsC, you can find me on their register here: www.osteopathy.org.uk

Osteopathy is very safe. It is estimated that between 1 in 50,000 and 1 in 100,000 patients will suffer a reaction to osteopathic treatment that is serious enough to require further medical treatment or does not resolve within 48 hours.

Paediatric Osteopathy - Babies

I love treating babies as a Paediatric Osteopath. Cranial Osteopathy is the most well-known osteopathic treatment for babies, but very gentle paediatric osteopathy techniques can also help release and balance other areas of physical tension.

More information can be found on my Paediatric Osteopathy page here.

Customer Testimonials

Read recent reviews from some of our previous Osteopathy customers

5 Star Google Business Reviews

Professional, smart, clean, approachable, considerate.

Sandra listened to me, asked several questions, was interested in the history of myself and my wider family (it all contributes!) and then proceeded to assess what was required and what she recommends we do as a course of treatment.

Cannot recommend Sandra enough, she is fantastic, she has extensive knowledge, and fixed the issue that I had.
I have also attended one of the reformer pilates classes which was so much fun, I will definitely be back!

I was suffering with severe tennis elbow from crocheting, I could barely use my arm to write, crochet or use a knife. Sandra treated me using massage and acupuncture. This did the trick, the twinges have stopped and the severe pain has not returned. I am back to crocheting, writing and day to day activities comfortably.

Very thankful for the treatment, I would HIGHLY recommend.

I’ve been treated by Sandra for around 7 years & she somehow puts my broken body back together on every visit.
She’s a magician as well as a bloody good osteopath

Thank you very much for your professional osteopathy treatment. I felt very comfortable and pleased to have taken this course of action. See you again next week.

The clinic was bright, very clean and thankfully nice and cool. Super friendly, kind and understanding of the situation. My treatment was very thorough and I feel she did everything she could to release the tension in my neck. There was some soreness afterwards which was expected but I noticed in the evening that it felt so much better. I even got some sleep for the first time in nearly a week. I will be going back for follow ups as my problem is definitely not a quick fix but I’m amazed at how much better it feels to be honest! Huge thank you to the clinic and I highly recommend!

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