Osteopath: Osteopathy at home or at our Osteopathy Clinics in London, Moorgate Monument, Clapham, Belgravia

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a holistic technique, which works on the integral structure of your body. Osteopaths are looking at how bones, muscles and connective tissues work together in order to restore the correct balance of tension in the body. It is drug-free and non-invasive and it works towards fixing the root causes of your condition instead of just treating the symptoms. Osteopathy is a painless but efficient treatment that can relieve you from pains that you might have had for years.

Osteopaths in London

Excellence Physiotherapy only hires highly trained osteopaths. Each of our osteopaths has his own specialty (General & back osteopathy, Paediatric Osteopathy, Women’s health osteopathy, Pregnancy osteopathy as well as Cranial Osteopathy), many years of experience in osteopathy ( in London or internationally) and each of our osteopaths is doing regular post-diploma training in order to keep the quality of their treatment to its best.

When you book an osteopathy appointment with us, we will book you with our osteopath who has the most experience and knowledge in the pathology you wish to be treated for.

What Do Osteopaths Help with?

The main goal of Osteopaths is to rebalance the different muscular, cranial and fascial tensions in your body and remove any unwanted tensions that you may have carried until now. Once the tension has been removed or rebalanced, your body will start healing itself, the pain will reduce and you will feel re-energised. Osteopathy can help with a large variety of conditions and at different stages of your life.

Whether you have back pain, pelvic pain, neck pain, that your baby has reflux (cranial osteopathy), sleeping issues, or if you have pain during your pregnancy, our osteopath can provide fast, efficient, and long-lasting treatment.

You can see below the list of the different conditions that our osteopaths can help with.

If you are an Axa or Bupa patient, you cannot book online. Please call our office with your authorisation number.

If you cannot find an appointment that suits you or would like a home visit, call us or send us a message: we will do our best to find you a slot.

Osteopath in London, We have 4 Osteopathy Clinic

Our osteopath in London offer osteopathy treatment at our 4 locations in London:

  • Our clinic in Monument near Bank, Moorgate and London Bridge
  • Our clinic in Belgravia Westminster near Victoria, Knightsbridge and Sloane Square
  • Our clinics in Clapham near Battersea and Balham

Home Visit Osteopathy, Osteopath offering treatment at home

For patients who have difficulty taking the transports to come to our osteopathy clinic, our osteo in London offers home visit osteopathy treatment in central London. Note that you cannot book online for a home visit osteo treatment, please give us a call to arrange the day and time.

Osteo Covered by UK Health Insurances

Our physiotherapy and osteopathy treatments are covered by most health insurances and are Bupa registered & recognised (BUPA Global and BUPA UK), Axa registered & recognised (AXA International, AXA ppp), Cigna registered & recognised and WPA registered & recognised.

NOTE THAT: Bupa UK doesn’t cover osteopathy

For an appointment with our osteopath in London call: 0207 125 0262 – 07824 553765

Osteopathy, how osteopath works? All you need to know about osteopathy and Osteopaths

What is an osteopath?

An Osteopath is a therapist who is a licensed and recognized therapist by the GOSC and whose goal is to treat the overall health and body of patients in order to relieve them from pains. The osteopath is not just treating conditions or diseases, it treats patients in their globality

They use a wild range of techniques such as manipulative medicine ( Manual therapy), which included stretching, massage, and mobilization of the musculoskeletal system. They also use visceral techniques to treat organs as well as cranial osteopathy.

Our osteopaths at Excellence Physiotherapy are also training in structural osteopathy.

How does Osteopathy work?

Osteopathy is a holistic approach to the human body. Osteopaths take into consideration all the connective tissues of the body from head to toe (fascia, joints, tendons…) and not only where the pain is. The Osteopath looks principally at whether those tissues are in the right place, whether or not they’re moving freely and without tensions on other organs or parts of the body. The osteopath looks firstly at the above as connective tissues and tensions can restrain movement of organs and bone which often are the source of the pain.

A good body balance is the key to a pain-free and healthy body. This is the reason why a good osteopath will always look and treat your condition by take care of the body in globality and not only at where the pain is.

By removing tensions and increasing the freedom of movement in joints and tissue, the osteopath will allow the body to recover by itself and will give you long-lasting relief.

What is the Biomechanic behind Osteopathy?

Osteopaths look at the movement of the fascia, which happens when you breathe and when somebody’s blood is moving properly through the tissue. Osteopaths also look at things like the movement of the sutures of the cranial bones. In addition to that, they will check the movements in the location and position of each organ and will match that back to the actual symptoms that the patient came in with. Once the osteopath has determined the root cause and the way that the pain takes (Study of the biomechanics). He will be able to determine his treatment plan and to remove tension from the root to the site of the pain.

How do Osteopaths do their Assessment?

The osteopathy assessment always starts by taking your medical history. A good history taking can take up to half an hour in some cases as the osteopath must be careful to take all your background into consideration to build a solid treatment plan. This history is incredibly thorough; when we want to know about injuries and about small ligaments that have been torn, the osteopath wants to know about possible large traumas and surgeries, scars, and even possibly medications that a patient is on, as this might alter the treatment that they’re about to provide or to look at after they have finished a history taking.

After our osteopath has finished the history of the patient and has a good understanding of what the patient has been through, the osteo wants to understand how your body is when you see him, he will check the different tensions and limitations to have a global vision of your actual condition.

With your history and the current assessment to understand your condition and its cause, the osteopath will be able to decide which osteopatic technique would be more appropriat for your body and to relieve you from your pain.

Some of the assessment techniques that an osteopath can use are:

  • The osteopath will look at a patient to see where they’re standing in gravity, if they’re standing over to one side (to the left or to the right)
  • The osteopath will look if light pushes will change the amount of weight into one leg or the other. The osteopath will want to know about that because it will affect his treatment and affect what the patient’s body is able to absorb.
  • The osteopath will also check to see if patients can move freely by doing simple tests, by having them bend forward or having them bend to the side, having them drop to one knee to them breathe in and breathe out.

All of the above will allow the osteopathy practitioner to gain the correct information.

Osteopathy assessment and specificity

Once our osteopath has finished with their observation and with their mechanical tests, they will do tests on different parts of the body that are more specific. For example, looking at a facet joint in the spine. This will allow the osteopath to determine whether or not one of the bones of the spine is moving properly.

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The Different Types of Osteopathy

What is Digestive osteopathy? How does it works?

The osteopath will also do an assessment of the movement of the organs (digestive osteopathy). He will test if both a passive movement and an active movement can occurs. The osteopath will be taking in organ and putting their hands on it and just listening without moving their hands to see if they can feel a passive movement. A passive movement means without any sort of energy added to it.

He will also take that organ and will physically move the organ left and right, up and down and rotate it to see if it actually moves along the axis that it’s supposed to. This is true for not only the organs but also for each of the joints. It is also true for the muscles. In doing this, it can take quite a while to do an assessment and can generally take up to an hour. But the assessment of the patient’s body will be precise and the osteopathy treatment will then be very efficient and targeted to treat the symptoms and the cause of the condition.

What is Cranial Osteopathy, Cranio-sacral osteopathy?

Through the assessment taken, the osteopath gains all the required information. After those active tests are done, a patient will lie down on their back and the osteo will actually check their cranium to see if the different bones that compose the skull are in rhythm with the blood circulation and if there is no tension that could impact the patient’s health. This is the actual touch of the head of the patient that determines normal movement of those bones of the cranium. This will also tell us about whether the liquid is moving properly in their head. The osteopath, will then do the same kind of assessment in different parts of the body like the sacrum, which is in the lower back.

Cranial osteopathy for babies : Cranial osteopath love to use this technique on baby as it is one of the softess.

Osteopathy for women during pregnancy

Osteopathy during pregnancy can also be very beneficial for pregnant women. Osteopathy during pregnancy can alleviate pain and discomfort in joints, bones and ligaments and it can also help prepare for an easier and less painful delivery. After giving birth it can aid recovery and restore balance from any joint or postural issues caused during pregnancy.

Osteopath treatments

From all the information, the osteopath will then determine the causes, which part of the body is tense, unbalanced, tight, or painful. They will then target this area one by one to release all negative tension and give back to the body its natural pain-free balance that will allow to remove the pain of the patient and avoid the condition to come back.

As osteopathy is mainly helping the body find its own correct balance, it can take a few days before the body understands that it can relax and come back to normal tension.

If you are an Axa or Bupa patient, you cannot book online. Please call our office with your authorisation number.

If you cannot find an appointment that suits you or would like a home visit, call us or send us a message: we will do our best to find you a slot.

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