Osteopathy in Lewes
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of manual diagnosis and treatment based on the relationship between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths use a range of manual techniques tohelp restore normal function. These might include physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase mobility within joints, reduce muscular tension and pain, and enhance blood supply to tissues.
They also offer advice on posture and exercises to promote recovery and help to prevent symptoms recurring.
What conditions are osteopaths able to treat?
Osteopathic treatment maybe helpful in the treatment of a range of musculo-skeletal conditions, including
Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
General, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)
Generalised aches and pains
Inability to relax
Low back pain
Minor sports injuries and tensions
Inability to relax
Is Osteopathy Regulated?
Osteopaths are state registered and regulated by The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).
For more information, see the GOsC website www.osteopathy.org.uk.
What happens at your first visit?
At a first consultation, the osteopath will take a detailed case history relating to the presenting complaint and more general health issues. We are keen to know what matters to you, and what your own concerns and expectations are. We will discuss the process with you, and if you are happy to proceed, we will conduct an assessment.
This will involve examining the area concerned, as well as a more global assessment of the musculoskeletal system (your muscles and joints), posture and balance. Sometimes we will check the cardiovascular or respiratory systems (heart and breathing), or check the abdomen.
We will often undertake a neurological examination – which means checking the function of your nerves – by taking reflexes and testing for muscle strength or sensitivity. Once we have reached a working diagnosis, we’ll discuss this with you, and talk through the treatment options and recommendations. We’ll answer any questions you have, and, if you’re happy to go ahead, will proceed with the treatment.
For some aspects of examination and treatment, you maybe asked to remove some items of clothing. Its often easier if you wear loose fitting clothes, or bring some shorts to change into. We’ll always manage this sensitively.
£50 for a new patient
£45 for a continuing patient
£45 for a new patient 10 years and under
£40 for a continuing patient 10 years and under