Osteopathy is a safe and effective method of assessing, treating and preventing a wide range of health problems. Osteopaths believe both the structure and function of the human body are interrelated. This means we see the body in a unique and holistic way. At Orchard House we believe in the founding osteopathic principle of structure governing function. In practical terms this means the health of your muscles, joints, nerves, arteries, veins, bones, and ligaments “structure” will have a direct effect on your health and wellbeing or “function”. Our fundamental belief in this guiding principle helps to ensure that the osteopaths at Orchard House will consider all aspects of your health and wellbeing to help you to reach your individual goals.
At Orchard House our osteopaths will not only identify your specific symptoms but will seek to understand the cause or “trigger” of your condition. In this way our osteopaths will aim to not only eliminate your symptoms, but will also strongly focus on preventing future reoccurrence. We do not believe in never-ending treatment, we believe in helping you reach your goals in the most effective and efficient way possible.
To achieve this, we take a very integrative approach to healthcare; this includes a combination of safe and effective treatment options such as joint mobilization, stretching, deep tissue massage, joint manipulation, exercise therapy, lifestyle advice, postural advice, and many others! During your consultation our experts will discuss, in partnership with you, the most appropriate treatment options for your individual needs.
At Orchard House we promise to always take the time to understand you as a person, and your unique combination of symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. This not only helps us to make an accurate diagnosis of the causes of your pain or lack of function, but allows us to create a collaborative treatment plan that considers all your individual needs, goals, and lifestyle.
What do we treat?
As Osteopaths we are commonly known for treating back pain, neck pain, and postural problems including changes due to pregnancy, caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.
However, osteopathy can also help with a variety of common conditions such as sciatica, arthritic pain, headaches, muscle spasms, shoulder and elbow pain, digestive and circulatory issues, and many others.
At Orchard House our experts’ welcome patients of all ages and backgrounds, our patients commonly include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people.
If you are unsure whether osteopathy is right for you and your specific condition, please contact us for a free telephone consultation with our osteopaths who will be happy to advise you on the best treatment approach.
What to expect at consultation?
When you visit us for you first consultation your osteopath will spend some time taking a full medical history. This will include questions about your general health and lifestyle as well as asking you about the symptoms or injuries that you are seeking help with. With your consent your osteopath will then perform a physical examination which is likely to involve your osteopath touching the areas of your body that are experiencing pain and asking you to move around. We may also ask your permission to look at any test results, x-rays and scan reports that are available.
It may be necessary for your osteopath to ask you to remove some clothing, so that they can see and examine the areas causing concern. If you are uncomfortable undressing to your underwear your osteopath may be able to suggest clothing, such as shorts and T Shirt, or close fitting garments, that will enable them to work effectively without making you feel uncomfortable, so please do discuss this with us. You are also welcome to bring someone with you into the examination room if this puts you at ease. We strongly believe in protecting your rights as a patient and will always work around your individual needs to provide you with the best treatment possible.
Your osteopath will then discuss with you what they found, their diagnosis, and will suggest the best course of treatment. At Orchard House we will always ensure that you have a complete understanding of your condition and what treatment we can offer. We encourage all patients to take an active role in their health by asking questions about their diagnosis and treatment. We believe that the better we can help you understand your condition the more effective our treatment will be!
This may involve visiting us a few times for manual therapy, exercises that you can do by yourself and some lifestyle changes. We will discuss the likely cost of this treatment and ask for your consent to begin treatment.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
You do not need a referral to consult the osteopaths at Orchard House. Our osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic council and are qualified to diagnose and treat you independently. However, as osteopaths we frequently work alongside other health professionals, such as GPs, nurses and midwives as well as alternative medical practitioners. If your osteopath believes that your condition would not be improved with osteopathic treatment alone, they will refer you to your GP or another suitably qualified professional and may provide you with notes explaining their diagnosis and why they feel you would benefit from other treatment approaches. Osteopathy works well to complement other medical interventions including surgery and prescribed medication.
Is treatment painful?
Your osteopath will work very hard to make treatment as painless as possible, but you may experience some discomfort during and after treatment. Your osteopath will warn you if they think that the technique that they are about to use is likely to be uncomfortable and will stop if you tell them that you are feeling too much pain. Following osteopathic treatment, about half the patients report a mild soreness in the area of the body that was treated. This is similar to post exercise/massage soreness and will usually go way within the first 24 – 48hrs after treatment. If your osteopath believes you may experience some soreness after treatment, they will suggest ways of helping alleviate this. If you experience serious or unusual symptoms after treatment, you should contact us and we will provide advice to further manage and reduce pain and discomfort.
Will the NHS cover my treatments?
Although we do have a good relationship with local GP practices we are independent practitioners which means the NHS will most likely not cover the cost of your treatments. Most of our patients visit us without prior referral in a private capacity. However, some insurance companies will pay for osteopathic treatment, but may require you to be referred by a doctor first before receiving treatment. Some insurance companies will pay for a set number of osteopathic treatments so please contact us with your insurance information and we can inquire whether your insurance company will cover your osteopathic treatment.