Don't Let Arthritis Stop You In Your Tracks

It is World Arthritis Day.

The slogan this year is

'Don't Delay, Connect Today'.

Early diagnosis is important for the management of Rheumatoid and Musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) as it can help to prevent the progression of some forms of these disorders.

Osteopaths are really well placed to be able to diagnose and support patients with RMDs using gentle osteopathic treatment as well as lifestyle and exercise advice. 

Knowing the symptoms and talking to your Osteopath can help you get the right treatment and management of your condition. We can also refer you to the correct specialist if necessary.

Symptoms include:

Inflammation of the joints

Persistent muscle pain

Tenderness

Extreme fatigue, lack of energy and weakness

Stiffness and restricted mobility

Gut symptoms (bloating, IBS)

Invisible symptoms including anxiety and depression.

 

Very often improving the mobility of the joints and releasing the tension in the soft tissues, can ease the symptoms and slow the speed of the progression. You are, of course, an individual so we cannot predict exactly how you will respond until after being introduced to your tissues. We are blessed with having the time to spend assessing you and formulating an individual treatment plan so if you feel you have any of these symptoms or have already been diagnosed with arthritis and would like our help, then please do contact us for more information. 

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BACKS To The Future - protecting the backs of the next generation

It is Back Care Awareness Week in the UK this week and the focus is on taking care of our children's backs with a view to help prevent them having ongoing back problems in adulthood.

Children and young people, especially teenagers, live in the moment and they are rarely able to see what the the long term effects, of their current actions, will be in the future. To be honest, us adults are not always that good at it either!

We have to take responsibility for ensuring good spinal health in our children. 1 in 4 young people or children are suffering with regular or daily back pain. Heavy backpacks are contributing to pain and imbalances in children's spines and sitting is not only causing poor posture and discomfort but the lack of movement can affect bone density in later life. 

 

It is time to act NOW. 

 

All our Osteopaths have training in paediatric osteopathy and are well placed to help treat any pain or discomfort your child might be experiencing as well as using gentle osteopathic techniques to help to correct any postural problems.  We are able to offer advice on exercises and postural advice and Kinesio Taping if it is appropriate.

 

Children's bodies are much more pliable than those of an adult so nipping any problems or pain in the bud is much more effective and prevents the pattern becoming ingrained.  They will probably not thank you now, but maybe in their 30's! 

 

On our website there are links to some exercises for boys and girls to do to help look after theirs backs www.osteopathyforall.co.uk/children-s-back-care-advice/

 

We've got your back.

We have always got your back, but we can also support the rest of you too.

Osteopaths are trained to treat all parts of the body and are also trained in being able to give advice on maintaining your general well-being. 

At Osteopathy For All all our Osteopaths can treat your back, your knees, your shoulders and your neck etc, I won't go on but you get the picture. We are all also trained to treat children from birth onward.  However, each of us also has an area of specialist interest. 

Pippa has a special interest in treating trauma within the body. Whether this be physical or psychological in origin. Once the body is traumatised it can manifest as tension within the muscles and the other soft tissues of the body which in turn can cause pain or dysfunction (that feeling that you are just a bit off). The importance of the MindBody link has become significantly more recognised across the medical world in the last couple of years.

Louise, as well as treating the practice's equine patients, is fabulous at creating exercise protocols for you to aid you recovery between treatments. Regular exercises accompanied by treatment and lifestyle advice will improve your well being as well as speed up pain reduction. The latest NICE guidelines recommend physical therapy, such as Osteopathy, and exercise as more effective than painkillers for back pain.

Becca has a special interest in the front of the body and its relationship to the back. Visceral Osteopathy encompasses the treatment of the organs as well as the musculoskeletal system. Our organs, such as the gut, are made up of smooth muscle and are supported by our bodies framework by an amazing tissue called fascia. Fascia is a little bit like 'clingfilm'. Ask about it when you are next in, if you are interested.  By influencing the tension in the front of the body it can have a marked effect on the back of the body. 

The beauty of the Osteopathic approach to the body is that there is no specific recipe. We treat each patient as an individual and work with our knowledge and your body's requirements to set you on a pain-free path to well-being.

September Special Offer

Is Osteopathy what your body is crying out for?

 

Have you got pain or stiffness or an injury that won't heal?

Do you have headaches or shoulder pain? 

Arthritis or tennis elbow?

 

We are fully trained to treat all of the above and more...

Why not take advantage of our September special offer and come and see how we can help you?

 

 Check Out our New Patient Offer page for more details

What is...??????

Why do we have question marks in our window?

Well we are sponsoring and supporting the

Nearly Secret Art Sale

in East Hoathly on 16th and 17th September 2017. It will be a fabulous event with lots of great art but you won't know who each piece is by until after the piece has been successfully bid on and won, as the artists will be signing them on the back. 

There will be a list of contributors which will include 2 of our Osteopaths. Both Pippa and our new Osteopath, Becca, will be exhibiting. So why not come along and enjoy the pop up gallery, have a drink or a cuppa, meet our Osteopaths and bid on some really great art.

 

So back to the question marks?

Do you have any questions about Osteopathy? Are you wondering whether it wold be good for you or family? What conditions can it treat? Is it good for babies? Will it help my horse's performance? How does it work? How long will it take?...

If you have any questions then please contact us so we can help answer them for you. 

Don't Let Arthritis Stop You In Your Tracks

It is World Arthritis Day.

The slogan this year is

'Don't Delay, Connect Today'.

Early diagnosis is important for the management of Rheumatoid and Musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) as it can help to prevent the progression of some forms of these disorders.

Osteopaths are really well placed to be able to diagnose and support patients with RMDs using gentle osteopathic treatment as well as lifestyle and exercise advice. 

Knowing the symptoms and talking to your Osteopath can help you get the right treatment and management of your condition. We can also refer you to the correct specialist if necessary.

Symptoms include:

Inflammation of the joints

Persistent muscle pain

Tenderness

Extreme fatigue, lack of energy and weakness

Stiffness and restricted mobility

Gut symptoms (bloating, IBS)

Invisible symptoms including anxiety and depression.

 

Very often improving the mobility of the joints and releasing the tension in the soft tissues, can ease the symptoms and slow the speed of the progression. You are, of course, an individual so we cannot predict exactly how you will respond until after being introduced to your tissues. We are blessed with having the time to spend assessing you and formulating an individual treatment plan so if you feel you have any of these symptoms or have already been diagnosed with arthritis and would like our help, then please do contact us for more information. 

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BACKS To The Future - protecting the backs of the next generation

It is Back Care Awareness Week in the UK this week and the focus is on taking care of our children's backs with a view to help prevent them having ongoing back problems in adulthood.

Children and young people, especially teenagers, live in the moment and they are rarely able to see what the the long term effects, of their current actions, will be in the future. To be honest, us adults are not always that good at it either!

We have to take responsibility for ensuring good spinal health in our children. 1 in 4 young people or children are suffering with regular or daily back pain. Heavy backpacks are contributing to pain and imbalances in children's spines and sitting is not only causing poor posture and discomfort but the lack of movement can affect bone density in later life. 

 

It is time to act NOW. 

 

All our Osteopaths have training in paediatric osteopathy and are well placed to help treat any pain or discomfort your child might be experiencing as well as using gentle osteopathic techniques to help to correct any postural problems.  We are able to offer advice on exercises and postural advice and Kinesio Taping if it is appropriate.

 

Children's bodies are much more pliable than those of an adult so nipping any problems or pain in the bud is much more effective and prevents the pattern becoming ingrained.  They will probably not thank you now, but maybe in their 30's! 

 

On our website there are links to some exercises for boys and girls to do to help look after theirs backs www.osteopathyforall.co.uk/children-s-back-care-advice/

 

We've got your back.

We have always got your back, but we can also support the rest of you too.

Osteopaths are trained to treat all parts of the body and are also trained in being able to give advice on maintaining your general well-being. 

At Osteopathy For All all our Osteopaths can treat your back, your knees, your shoulders and your neck etc, I won't go on but you get the picture. We are all also trained to treat children from birth onward.  However, each of us also has an area of specialist interest. 

Pippa has a special interest in treating trauma within the body. Whether this be physical or psychological in origin. Once the body is traumatised it can manifest as tension within the muscles and the other soft tissues of the body which in turn can cause pain or dysfunction (that feeling that you are just a bit off). The importance of the MindBody link has become significantly more recognised across the medical world in the last couple of years.

Louise, as well as treating the practice's equine patients, is fabulous at creating exercise protocols for you to aid you recovery between treatments. Regular exercises accompanied by treatment and lifestyle advice will improve your well being as well as speed up pain reduction. The latest NICE guidelines recommend physical therapy, such as Osteopathy, and exercise as more effective than painkillers for back pain.

Becca has a special interest in the front of the body and its relationship to the back. Visceral Osteopathy encompasses the treatment of the organs as well as the musculoskeletal system. Our organs, such as the gut, are made up of smooth muscle and are supported by our bodies framework by an amazing tissue called fascia. Fascia is a little bit like 'clingfilm'. Ask about it when you are next in, if you are interested.  By influencing the tension in the front of the body it can have a marked effect on the back of the body. 

The beauty of the Osteopathic approach to the body is that there is no specific recipe. We treat each patient as an individual and work with our knowledge and your body's requirements to set you on a pain-free path to well-being.

September Special Offer

Is Osteopathy what your body is crying out for?

 

Have you got pain or stiffness or an injury that won't heal?

Do you have headaches or shoulder pain? 

Arthritis or tennis elbow?

 

We are fully trained to treat all of the above and more...

Why not take advantage of our September special offer and come and see how we can help you?

 

 Check Out our New Patient Offer page for more details

What is...??????

Why do we have question marks in our window?

Well we are sponsoring and supporting the

Nearly Secret Art Sale

in East Hoathly on 16th and 17th September 2017. It will be a fabulous event with lots of great art but you won't know who each piece is by until after the piece has been successfully bid on and won, as the artists will be signing them on the back. 

There will be a list of contributors which will include 2 of our Osteopaths. Both Pippa and our new Osteopath, Becca, will be exhibiting. So why not come along and enjoy the pop up gallery, have a drink or a cuppa, meet our Osteopaths and bid on some really great art.

 

So back to the question marks?

Do you have any questions about Osteopathy? Are you wondering whether it wold be good for you or family? What conditions can it treat? Is it good for babies? Will it help my horse's performance? How does it work? How long will it take?...

If you have any questions then please contact us so we can help answer them for you. 

Swim, Dance, Garden or Sing your pain away...

This blog title isn't meant to sound flippant. As a chronic pain/fatigue sufferer I really know what it is like to be in so much pain, so much of the time, that you never think that you will be able to do anything again, let alone something you used to love. It feels overwhelming and unmanageable. 

However, if you can find something that you love and manage to do it even a couple of times a week, or every day for a short time it will help your body to feel better and reduce your pain. When we are more relaxed and happy our Cortisol (the stress hormone) levels reduce and this in turn can help to reduce our pain.

When my pain was really bad and my energy levels were really low I, initially, survived on a diet of Netflix. It meant I rested and was distracted from the pain. If that is all you can manage and you enjoy films and box sets it is well worth the subscription. 

But what makes you tick...

I sing...some of you may have seen The Singing Osteopath video that was our Friday Funny last week on our Facebook page. There is a link below for anyone who missed it . Singing is something that I could do that didn't cause me too much discomfort or use up too much energy and the benefits of the joy it brings are huge. It sets me up for the week.

What brings you joy? 

Walk...to the end of the garden and back...Dance...even if it is just on the spot in your kitchen.

With spring coming, if you are a passionate gardener, but are frustrated because you cannot get stuck in due to pain and stiffness, could you plant up some pots and put them outside the window to enjoy whilst you are resting. If someone can help you by putting everything on a table so you don't need to bend to garden you may still find pleasure in it. If you are not quite up to this, even sitting out in the sun at midday for 10 minutes will help elevate your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D deficiency can cause pain and stiffness and is very common in Britain today in all area of the population.

As I started to improve I was able to start swimming and then walking my dogs again. As we move our bodies not only does it allow our muscles to stretch but it also improves the blood supply and the lymphatic drainage which in turn boosts the health of our bodies so that gradually we start to recover. It can be a long process but each baby step we take is worth it. 

At Osteopathy For All we are also here to help support your body and to help get it moving.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCgKo04Q9Jc

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We don't treat conditions, we treat people...

We treat people...

I was updating the website this week and was writing a section about what osteopaths treat. We are allowed, by the advertising standards agency, to say we treat a number of conditions. These include back pain, tennis elbow and osteoarthritis, to name just a few.

However, what we really treat is people...big people(adults) and small people (children). In our case we also treat their horses, but I will save that for another day.

What is important is the whole person and the stresses and strains that have led them to the osteopath. Everybody's story is different and we, as osteopaths, have the greatest luxury of being able to spend time finding out our patient's story. Rarely are they not many chapters. Some people have just strained something, but it is rarely in isolation. It may be related to an occupational postural problem or to ongoing stress causing a raised tension in the tissues that has predisposed them to injury. It may be that they had a previous injury or illness that has taken its toll on the body and this is just the final insult.

What always amazes me still, even after over 20 years in practice, is how one person can have a impact, physical or emotional, and respond so differently to another individual in a similar situation. Some people just sail through, whilst others can have a minor injury that rocks their world. That is why we treat people, not conditions.

The Teenage Brain....

I am looking forward to  a magical mystery tour next weekend....The Teenage Brain. I will be on a course exploring all aspects of the teenage brain, from the neurological development to social anxiety disorders and how to support and treat them osteopathically. Good stuff, can't wait. Pippa

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'Do Osteopaths have any training?'

'Do Osteopaths have any training?' was something I read recently on Facebook. It had been asked when an osteopath had asked to put some leaflets out in a psychologists practice.

 

Yes, we do. 

 

In the UK Osteopaths complete a 4 year full time course or a 5 year part time course which results in a BSc Hons, a BOst or BOstMed or a masters degree MOst. Those of us who qualified before 1995 have a DO. This is a Diploma in Osteopathy in the UK and a Doctor of Osteopathy in the USA. In the USA, DO's are medical practitioners. However, what many people don't know about Osteopathic training in the UK is that it covers many aspects of medicine in the training.

Osteopathic training not only includes high levels of anatomy , physiology, bio-mechanics, osteopathic principles and technique it also includes a full understanding of the body from a medical prospective. We learn, in depth, for instance, about the cardiovascular system, the gastrointestinal system, the endocrine system as well as the musculoskeletal system. We have courses in neurology, pathology, pharmacology, nutrition, radiology and orthopaedics as well as paediatrics. We also complete a 1000 hours of clinical training prior to graduating.

 

Why, you might ask? Well, if a patient comes into our clinic and pain in their back we need to know what is the cause of that pain and whether it is safe to treat. Is it a muscle, is it a nerve, is it a referred pain from a kidney? Our medical knowledge helps us to take a full case history, to ask to right questions to therefore perform the correct examination to make a diagnosis. Sometimes the most important knowledge is when not to treat the patient and when to refer them back to their GP for further examination and tests.

 

We have to complete Continuing Professional Development (CPD) each year encompassing the Osteopathic Professional Standards to ensure we are up to date and able to provide the best care to our patients.

 

From the General Osteopathic Council's website:

The title 'osteopath' is protected by law (Protection of title) and you have to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) to practise in the UK, Isle of Man and Gibraltar. It is a criminal offence, liable to prosecution, for anyone to claim explicitly or by implication to be any kind of osteopath unless they are on the GOsC Register. In order to be registered, you must have completed a course of training that is recognised by the GOsC.

 

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