What do we do?
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis that treats and prevents a wide range of health issues. These include, but are not limited to joint pain, neuromuscular conditions, digestive conditions, headaches and migraines.
Osteopathic practice is a safe and effective form of treatment, which may consist of a combination of movement, stretching, targeted deep tissue massage and manipulation of muscles and joints.
How do we do it?
Your treatment plan will be based on what you as an individual need to improve function, relieve pain and aid recovery.
Your osteopath will ask about your current symptoms and medical history. Your osteopath will examine you to reach an osteopathic diagnosis. Your osteopath will also assess range of movement and feel for changes in your muscles and joints. You may be asked to dress down the area(s) of your body causing concern for examination and some clinical tests which may cardiovascular and neurological screening. If you are uncomfortable undressing to your underwear for the examination then we ask that you bring clothing such as shorts and t-shirt along.
Our state of the art clinic, is run by third and fourth year student osteopaths and students in other years may observe as part of their training. Our qualified tutors supervise the student osteopaths to ensure that diagnosis and treatment is safe and effective. You can see the same student osteopath, for continuity, up to a maximum of 6 times. This is to ensure our students see a variety of patients and conditions during their clinical training.
Your treatment plan will be discussed with you and recommendations made; referrals to other health-care professionals such as your GP may be made at this time.
Osteopathic treatment is usually very gentle, however, you may experience mild discomfort afterwards, but in most cases this will pass within 24 hours. If you have any concerns about your treatment you are encouraged to discuss them further with your osteopath.
• Initial consultations last approx. 90mins
• Follow-up consultations last approx. 45mins
Your treatment may begin at your first appointment. You may also be given exercise and stretch advice to be done as part of your treatment plan outside of your visit(s) to the clinic.
We treat patients with arthritic pain, circulatory problems, cramp, digestion problems, fibromyalgia, frozen shoulder, shoulder and elbow pain, tennis elbow arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck (but not isolated occurrences), headache arising from the neck , joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise, general, acute & chronic backache, generalised aches and pains, lumbago, migraine prevention, minor sports injuries, muscle spasms, neuralgia, tension and inability to relax, rheumatic pain, sciatica and uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash).
Hello and welcome to Marjon Osteopathic Clinic. We're open from 9:30 to 5:30 Monday to Friday. We're offering appointments for anybody between the ages of four and when they're great, great grandparents. So we cover a vast range of ages available for you. And we treat a variety of conditions.
We've decided to not charge for any of our osteopathic appointments currently. We figured that this would be really quite useful and it might help reduce the burden on the NHS by taking some of the stress away from them from the musculoskeletal complaints or problems that people might have. What would you expect to see when you come to the osteopathy clinic? You'd expect a third or fourth year Master's student to be looking after you. And they are overseen by our fully qualified clinical supervisors. These are osteopaths fully registered and insured with the General Osteopathic Council.
When you arrive at Marjon, we'd expect you to, well, we'd hope you'd arrive at the sports center where there is ample free parking for you. One thing you must remember is to let the reception to know your registration for your car so that they can add you to the system. Once you're at reception, your student will come down and get you and they'll walk you through to the clinic. All the students will be wearing full PPE, which means a visor, a face mask, gloves, and an apron. They will all change their clothes when they come in into their clinic attire and then change before they leave. University have also invested in something called quick rooms, which are these lovely little rooms that we put up, which give us much more space and a much easier to clean down. This with our enhanced cleaning and antiviral fogging, which goes on during campus, can make sure that we are giving everything, taking as many precautions as we can and making sure everything is working as it should be.
Your initial consultation will last about an hour and a half. So about 90 minutes, okay. Which is the amount of time you get for free parking outside. So that works very nicely. And what will happen in this 90 minutes is you'll have a case history taken. So your case history will be all about the pain, the presenting problems, everything that's going on with you at the moment. So it might be all the way through to your diet, exercise routine, all of those things, your lifestyle. The student will also ask you questions about any systemic issues. So systemic health, has there been any problems with your heart or anything like that? This is really valuable information for us because we need to be able to make a clear and clean diagnosis of what's going on in order to make a good management plan.
Once the student's got all the information that they feel is necessary, they'll leave you in the consultation room and they'll pop outside to go and have a chat to the clinic supervisor. Together, they'll review the information and come up with a list of differential diagnosis. So this is basically a couple of the things that it could be and the student will then look at how they will task and work out what is going to go on. So when they've had this conversation, the student will come back in, we'll ask you to undress to whatever is appropriate. So currently at the moment, if it's a knee, it may just be roll your shorts up so we can look at the knee. Okay? If it's your lower back, then we may need to take your top off. But we do ask all patients to bring in a pair of shorts and a t-shirt that they can move around easily for their comfort and for their modesty.
Once you've done this, what we would do is the student will be going through some examinations. So this may be sort of active movements, bending forwards, bending backwards, straightening the leg, bending the leg, and also orthopedic testing. So specific testing for certain conditions. Depending on what's going on, they may do a full neurological screen, or they may do some systemic screening. That would depend on what your condition is. And once the student is happy that they've completed all the testing they need, they will pop out again and go and have a chat to the tutor. This is when they'll form a clinical diagnosis, or a working diagnosis, which they will come back in, discuss with you, discuss the treatment and the management plan of that. And then once you're happy with that, start to treat and advise, and hopefully make you feel a lot better in the shortest possible time available.
Thank you for watching this video. I hope it's been informative for you. Don't forget, you can book by the link and we look forward to seeing you and helping you soon.
John Evans is a qualified Osteopath and is a qualified Acupuncturist, Sonographer, Nutritionist, Strength and Conditioning Coach and advanced rehabilitation specialist.
Stephanie is a qualified Osteopath who supports a varied patient base, her areas of expertise include technique, physiology, pharmacology of common drugs, a best practice approach to treating babies and woman’s health.
Kieron Kerr is a qualified Osteopath who has worked in established clinics and has run his own successful clinic; he has special interests in biomechanics and working with patients with chronic pain.
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