"... for over 15 years I have been treating a wide range of musculoskeletal aches and pains, but my passion lies in pregnancy, post partum & paediatrics. I am now training to become a FEDANT registered feeding coach"
Celia Crook BSc. (Hons)
Bachelor of Osteopathy
Member of SCCO
During the current pandemic I am following all recommended guidelines. This means:
I will be wearing full PPE and using stringent cleaning proceedures before and after every patient. I am using an air purifier with a HEPA filter before and during clinics. I will take your temperature on entering the clinic
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Osteopathy During Pregnancy
Paediatric & Cranial Osteopathy
Osteopathic medicine, founded well over a hundred years ago, understands that if your bones, muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons are in all good structural balance, then your nervous system, circulation and therefore your whole body will function well. Osteopathic treatment does not target the symptoms only (although this is the basis of short term pain relief) but treats the underlying, abnormal structural pattern that has resulted in the symptoms in the first place.
In Britain, complementary medicine is defined as a group of diverse medical approaches, using non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical techniques to treat disease. Osteopaths are under the same rigorous government regulations as doctors, and have the same diagnostic responsibilities as a doctor- and therefore sit somewhere between conventional and complementary, and are probably best termed Primary Health Care Physicians. In 1993 Osteopathy became the first complementary health care profession to obtain statutory recognition. This means it is a criminal offence to use the title without proper training and that the Osteopath is bound by a similar responsibility for their patients’ welfare as a medical doctor.
Osteopathic training is a five year under-graduate degree course, similar in structure to the medical degree. More emphasis is based on anatomy and musculo-skeletal medicine but training does include x-ray and MRI diagnosis, orthopaedics and pharmacology, alongside several thousand hours training in osteopathic techniques on both students and ‘real’ patients. The UK is the only country in the world that decided it would not take the title ‘doctor. This was purely a decision by the governing body.
Millions of people visit their GP every year with some 70% complaining of musculo-skeletal related problems. These might consist of, neck; back; wrist; joint; sciatic or arthritic pain whiplash injuries; headaches (including migraine type pain); pelvic dysfunction and sports injuries which are all conditions seen regularly by Osteopaths. Last year, more than 10 million patients were seen by Osteopaths and many thousands of hours were lost due to back pain alone.
Osteopaths use a wide range of techniques, from massage to joint manipulation, cranial osteopathy, exercise rehabilitation, dietary advice, ergonomics and self-management. Their patients range from the newly-born to the elderly and include such diverse groups as pregnant women and athletes.
Excerpts taken from Osteopathic Medicine by Gavin Burt. Other source: the General Osteopathic Council.
What is osteopathy & how can it help?
Osteopaths are experts in the treatment and management of musculoskeletal pain (pain from the muscles, bones, and joints) and seek to treat the underlying cause as well as the symptoms of pain and discomfort.
Ultimately, it is the goal of the osteopath to get you out of pain and guide you back to optimum health so that you can continue to function as normal in your daily life.
Treatment is tailored to you as an individual and involves a combination of soft tissue massage, mobilisations, joint manipulations, muscle stretching, postural assessment, lymphatic drainage and exercise prescription.
What to Expect at your First Appointment
1. Take a detailed case history
At the start of your first session, your osteopath will ask you to tell them about your problem. They will ask questions about your medical history and lifestyle as well as your symptoms. This is very important as it will help them to make an accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment.
2. Complete a thorough examination including observation of posture, movements, orthopaedic tests and examination of the joints, muscles and ligaments.
The osteopath will need to examine the area(s) of your body causing discomfort. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, so they may need to examine your whole body. They will need to feel for tightness in the muscles and stiffness in the joints.
They will explain what they are doing as they go along. If you are uncomfortable with any part of this, you have the right to ask them to stop at any stage. In order to examine you effectively, it may be necessary for you to remove some clothing as appropriate for the condition, which might mean undressing down to your underwear. If this is a problem for you, make your osteopath aware of this. Please wear something you are comfortable in – you are welcome to bring shorts and a strap t-shirt.
Your osteopath will then give you a clear explanation of what they find (their diagnosis) and suggest a course of treatment. Average recovery time will be discussed including factors that might hasten or slow your recovery. They will ask for your permission to provide treatment and you may be asked to sign a consent form. Usually treatment will begin at your first appointment; however, occasionally tests may be required prior to commencement (e.g blood tests or scans undertaken by your G.P).
Treatment is tailored to you as an individual. A combination of massage, stretching and physical manipulation are used 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. Postural advice and exercise prescription will also be provided to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
You may experience mild discomfort with some of the treatment techniques used, but osteopathic treatment is usually a very gentle process. Your osteopath will let you know if any discomfort is likely and it can be helpful to let them know what you are feeling.
Some patients can experience side effects following osteopathic treatment. You may experience tenderness for 24-48 hours after your treatment before symptoms begin to improve. Other mild side effects include stiffness, headache, tiredness and lightheadedness.
After the initial consultation subsequent treatments last 45 minutes. The number of treatments depends on your condition and each individual patient. We aim to keep your appointments to a minimum.
You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to accompany you throughout your treatment. Children should always be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
If you have any other questions please get in touch.
"... for over 15 years I have been treating a wide range of musculoskeletal aches and pains, but my passion lies in pregnancy & paediatrics"
Celia Crook BSc. (Hons)
Bachelor of Osteopathy