Osteopath in Hornchurch
Based in Hornchurch we can easily assist patients from Upminster, Gidea Park, Emerson Park, Romford, Cranham and other surrounding areas
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions.
It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle
that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments
and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
For your body to work well, its structure must also work well. Osteopaths therefore
work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of
drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage
to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood
and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They
may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and
prevent symptoms recurring.
Who can benefit from Osteopathy?
Osteopathy can benefit a wide variety of patients including the young, elderly, manual
workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people. Patients
seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, repetitive
strain injury, changes to posture in pregnancy, babies with colic or sleeplessness,
postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and sports
injuries of all kinds.
Osteopathy can help with the following conditions:
Back pain and disc problems
Frozen or stiff shoulders
Wrist and arm pain including tennis elbow
Incontinence and bladder problems
Hip, thigh and knee problems
Calf, shin and foot problems
Neck ache and jaw problems
Aches and pains in pregnancy
Arthritic pain and stiffness
What to expect
Osteopaths consider each person as an individual. On your first visit the osteopath
will spend time taking a detailed medical history, including information about your
lifestyle and diet. You will normally be asked to undress to your underwear and
perform a series of simple movements.
Osteopaths use their hands to identify abnormalities in the structure and function
of a body, and to assess areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction or strain. By
this means, your osteopath will make a full diagnosis and discuss with you the most
appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat
your condition effectively. They will usually start any treatment by releasing and
relaxing muscles and stretching stiff joints, using gentle massage and rhythmic joint
The first treatment generally lasts about 40 minutes to one hour (to allow for case
history taking and diagnosis) and subsequent treatments tend to last around 40 minutes.
Call our clinic in Hornchurch today to arrange an appointment on 01708 476677.