Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment that is suitable for people of all ages. From children to grandparents, pregnant women to sportsman, trades people to IT specialists, osteopathic treatment can help to rectify many conditions which may be adversely affecting your quality of life.
Based around a combination of touch, massage, stretching and manipulation to treat the muscles, bones, joints, ligaments and connective tissue that make up the musculo-skeletal system, we work with our hands to provide a wide variety of treatment techniques. These can include soft tissue techniques, rhythmic passive joint mobilisation or the high velocity thrust techniques designed to improve mobility and the range of movement of a joint.
Low back pain (Lumbago) is one of the most common conditions that I treat, often very painful and limiting range of motion, there are many causes to this:
Neck pain is incredibly common, lots of patients get issues here related to poor posture, such as overuse of smart phones and too much time at a computer!
Shoulder pain is incredibly common, overuse of the arm through all walks of life! Sports people in particular but not limited to that. Many people get pain in the shoulder due to some of these factors:
Lots of patients get pain in these areas for many reasons, some of the main ones are listed below;
Shockwave works by applying impulses of energy to targeted areas where there may be abnormal or damaged tissue. Radial waves spread inside the tissue and provoke a natural inflammation response, increasing blood flow to the area. By improving circulation, local metabolism speeds up; stimulating cell regeneration and decreasing oxidative stress. The shockwaves are also effective by decreasing nerve-sensitivity in the affected area. The outcome is faster recovery from injury and short-term pain relief for a number of chronic conditions.
Typically a ESWT treatment programme at The Raj Osteo Clinic will take six sessions over six weeks. With clinical reports showing that 69% of 149 randomly selected patients reported “excellent” results (no pain), this treatment is perfect for those suffering from painful issues. ESWT can be used on a number of different areas, from the Achilles’ tendon to back and shoulder pain and everything inbetween.
Shockwave is recommended for those with chronic conditions not adequately resolved by more conservative methods over a significant period. Evidence supports the use of ESWT for conditions such as tendinopathy, Plantar Fasciitis and Greater trochanteric pain syndrome. There is a growing literature suggesting that ESWT may also be effective for promoting bone healing e.g. for injury of the metatarsals and osteoporosis.
An average treatment will last up to 15 minutes inclusive of assessment and review. Shockwaves are administered for approximately 5 minutes. A typical dose will be 2000 shocks.
Shockwave can be painful, however, your osteopath will work with you to determine your pain tolerance. If the pain is too much, we’ll turn the power down. Generally we attempt to use the Shockwave on a high power setting which has been shown to provide effective and immediate pain-relief post-treatment.
A full assessment will be taken by your osteopath before you start treatment. This may include an MRI or ultrasound scan to confirm a diagnosis. On average, patients attend 6 sessions, however, this may need to be reviewed 8-10 weeks post-treatment to ensure long-lasting results.
Although there may be some immediate pain relief, it is important to remember that this does not mean the injury or condition is fully healed. Shockwave works best as part of a rehabilitation and treatment plan which may include other exercises or changes to help manage your condition. It is important to review progress regularly with your physician to ensure long-term results.
You may experience a slight reddening, swelling or bruising of the affected area post-treatment, however, for most people, this is accompanied by a reduction in pain.
Consisting of a range of deep tissue massage techniques which stretch, mobilise and manipulate the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the body, it is important to note that despite the name, sports massage isn’t just for athletes! These remedial massage techniques are ideal for both sports people and non-athletes alike and can help muscle aches and pains in each and every one of us.
By combining general massage techniques with deep tissue work, the therapeutic effect of sports massages can often eradicate the need for symptom-masking painkillers and work towards restoring movement and functionality. Despite these positive qualities, this type of treatment is often overlooked by orthodox medicine and regularly mistaken for a pampering treat.
Sports and deep tissues massages also improve the vascular and lymphatic circulation by soothing the nervous system. This can prove to be very helpful when treating forms of anxiety and can also help to relieve the symptoms of headaches and stress related problems, especially those found in the upper part of the body.
There is no denying that on occasion, a sports massage can be a little uncomfortable. It is important to remember that it is only ever a ‘good’ pain though and you will instinctively know it is doing positive work.
Please remember though that you are always in charge, so if you’re uncomfortable in anyway please say and we will be happy to try a different approach!
A successful treatment will not only deal with the immediate source and symptom of discomfort, but aim to slow down and eventually banish its re-occurrence.