What is osteopathy
Osteopathy is based on a simple understanding – that structure governs function. Your wellbeing depends on your muscles, bones, ligaments and joints functioning in harmony.
Like many osteopaths, we believe that the symptoms you present with are just the starting point. So before undertaking any physical examination, we take into account your medical history, lifestyle and personal circumstances, acknowledging that, while your condition may be similar to others, you are completely unique.
Rest assured, whoever treats you at New Body Osteopathy will be fully trained, qualified and registered. We have all studied a degree similar to a medical degree for a minimum of 4 years, but with greater emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine. In fact, by the time we qualified, we’d had more than 1,000 clinical hours. Our in-depth knowledge of anatomy and fine sense of touch ensures we are well placed to diagnose the cause of your pain.
All systems of the body are related therefore a change in one area can easily affect functioning of another system. For example neck and head pain may be caused by an old ankle injury that makes you stand awkwardly, whilst pelvic imbalance from giving birth can put pressure on your sciatic nerve. The list goes! Osteopathy is well placed to understand the body’s many complexities and find the root of pain.
Our treatments incorporate several techniques including joint mobilisation and manipulations, soft tissue massage, medical acupuncture, sports taping, rehabilitation and postural exercises, combined with self-care advice. By easing muscle tension and increasing blood supply and nerve function, we aim, with minimal medication, to dramatically reduce your pain and help you to feel human again.
When you’re suffering with injury, aches or pain, life can be a misery. The good news is that we can help.
Whether you’re a professional athlete, office worker, pregnant mum or child, our team of fully qualified and registered osteopaths and sports therapists have the knowledge, skills and resources to make you feel human again.
Osteopathy Initial Consultation 45-60min
Adult – £75
Children – £80
Follow Up Treatments 25-45min
Adult – £65
Children – £65
Massage 80min – £105
Massage 50min – £70
Massage 25min – £40
Pilates 60min – £80
Goldilocks Pillow – £69.95
Orthotics – £280
Many infants and toddlers will, understandably, struggle to describe their pain or discomfort, resorting instead to tried-and-tested means of getting attention – crying more than usual, or not sleeping or feeding well. When other medical causes of these signals are ruled out, many midwives and health visitors refer babies and young children to paediatric osteopaths.
Paediatric osteopath Zoe Mundell MOst DPO, who studied at The Osteopathic Centre for Children, approaches treatment by looking for stresses and strains acquired in early life. A child may have been cramped in the confines of the womb while even the most routine births can subject the body to strong compressive or twisted forces, distorting and straining connective tissues. Whatever the early experience, babies and toddlers can continue to feel uncomfortable.
Zoe uses very gentle techniques – moving, stretching and massaging muscles and joints – to detect and treat conditions. Rest assured, she is trained to treat even the most fragile babies, including those born prematurely.
Pain in pregnancy can usually be treated effectively. At New Body Osteopathy we tackle a variety of symptoms, including back and pelvic pain, neck pain, groin and pubic symphysis issues, rib and upper back problems, and much more. We also help you adapt to the pressure of your growing baby, and offer support following the birth to help you and your body recover.
We also teach pre-natal pilates, helping introduce gentle, stabilising exercise regimes that can make a huge difference to your body during pregnancy.
You lie on your side – you and your baby bump supported by soft pillows and cushions – and are treated to a comforting and relaxing experience. Pregnancy massage not only helps you relax but can also relieve restlessness, joint pain, neck and back pain and leg cramping – helping you enjoy your pregnancy to the full.
It’s a wonderful way to help your body thrive throughout pregnancy and into the post-natal period.
Medical acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles through the skin and briefly left in position. Two or three needless are inserted at a time and manual stimulation is applied to assist the process. Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle. Evidence has shown that it increases the body’s release of endorphin and serotonin (our natural painkillers) in the pain pathways of the spinal cord and the brain. This changes the way pain signals are received and, as a result, the level to which pain is experienced. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) specifically recommends acupuncture for lower back pain.
The foot’s primary function is to absorb impact with the ground, and then to mould to the ground to give you a stable foothold. As this happens, the arch of your foot flattens and your leg rotates inwards. Altered foot mechanics such as fallen arches or rigid big toe (hallux rigidus) can have different impacts on the body. So, for example, if you have flat feet, too much rotation can occur. This results in you adopting a ‘knock-kneed’ posture. Your legs rotate inwards, your pelvis tips forward and your back over-arches. This could cause foot, calf, knee, hip and lower back pain. Symptoms may even be felt in your upper back or neck.
Initial treatment will include manual therapy, but if your body needs more help, we also tackle foot issues with orthotic devices – shoe inserts that are very effective in providing support to the arch and rebalancing the foot. This helps the foot work more efficiently and takes the strain off the rest of the body. We offer both ‘off-the-peg’ and custom-fitted orthotics, including devices specifically designed for sports shoes or high heels.
If you’d like to know more about orthotics and how they can alleviate foot-related pain and discomfort, book a consultation with our osteopath Paul Costin.
With sports massage, the pressure we apply is generally deeper and combines stretching of specific muscles and surrounding areas. Our sports massage therapists have gone through extensive training in anatomy and physiology and understand the physical demands of competitive sports. They will assess the state of your muscles and design treatment plans to help prevent injury and aid performance and recovery. Alongside more advanced massage techniques, they may also give advice to improve your flexibility, boost performance and recovery.
If your issue is not sports-related but due to a sedentary occupation, we can help tackle those postural imbalances that often lead to muscular strains – stretching short, tight muscles and advising you how to strengthen weak areas.
Led by Zoe Mundell, M.Ost, DPO, DO, ND, who trained with Polestar, the sessions help you get stronger, preventing future lower back issues, while improving core strength and mobility. Zoe also offers specially adapted sessions for pregnant women, helping you develop strength and stability, while easing aches and strains to help you enjoy pregnancy to the full.
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Our osteopaths are medically trained to diagnose and treat the cause of your pain, not just the symptoms. Rather than following a set protocol, your treatment will be completely unique to you. Despite many people’s perceptions, we treat a lot more than bad backs. In fact, we tackle a huge range of issues, including:
Migraine leaves 90 per cent of sufferers unable to perform even the most simple of tasks, disrupting work and family life. It’s also an emotional burden. Unless you’ve had one yourself, you can never understand what it’s like to experience a headache on this scale. Problems in the neck can often exacerbate these debilitating headaches.
The neck is key to other common headaches. Cervicogenic headaches (when pain specifically originates from the neck) often result from years of poor posture or postural strain from sitting at a desk. These headaches tend to present initially as pain around the ‘suboccipital region’, which is around the top of the neck and base of the skull. From here the headaches can be on one or both sides of the head, and commonly travel up towards the eyes, over the top or sides of the head. The headaches often appear on a daily basis, getting worse through the day or with sudden neck movements.
If you’re living with chronic headaches, get in touch and we can assess whether osteopathy is a viable treatment.
Usually, sports injuries are a result of severe trauma. However, they can also be caused by inadequate training practices, faulty equipment, poor posture and not warming up or stretching adequately. You can also be predisposed to injury because of poor flexibility, or muscular weakness and fatigue.
Mechanical compensation can also cause sport injury. A good example is a golfer who is predisposed to a back injury because they have poor hip rotation. This lack of mobility will lead to altered force transference through the tissues of the body, resulting in the greatest amount of torque occurring in the lower back and placing inordinate strain on that area. By the same token, runners typically get Achilles tendon injuries because their calf muscles are too tight, or foot mechanics are poor.
Most sports injuries manifest themselves in limited movements and sharp pain in the affected area, although some might not be as apparent as others, or may only surface during sport and exercise (a mechanical compensation, for example).
Very often, patients experience long-standing niggles that they do nothing about. These issues go on to become something more significant and patients find they can no longer enjoy sport or a favourite exercise class. It’s far better to catch these problems early, before they become more serious. But whenever you seek treatment, osteopathy can make a significant difference. As our patients have discovered, it not only reduces the pain of injuries, but improves performance and prevents further problems arising.
Shoulder pain tends to be worse at night, during activities that involve your arm being above shoulder level – for example, when brushing your hair – or when you move your arm in an arc away from your body.
We also see repetitive strain injuries (RSI), which manifest themselves in pain, aches or tenderness in the shoulders that you notice when carrying out a particular repetitive action. Pain usually occurs on the front and side of your shoulder and may refer down towards the elbow. Without treatment, the symptoms of RSI may eventually become constant and cause longer periods of pain. You may also get swelling in the affected area, which can last for several months.
An accurate diagnosis for shoulder pain is important, so you should book an assessment if the discomfort persists or worsens. If it’s appropriate, we can refer patients directly for MRI or ultrasound scan.
Neck pain is usually caused by posture-related muscular strain or inflammation of the small joints in your neck. However it can also be brought on by a number of other conditions such as damage to the discs, trapped nerves, ‘wear and tear’ that occurs in the joints of the neck (a type of arthritis called cervical spondylosis), and “whiplash”-type injuries that can be triggered by a sudden movement of the neck.
It’s always important to seek a professional assessment of your pain, particularly if it’s worsening or persistent. If your neck pain turns out to be musculoskeletal (the most common cause), it can be treated effectively with osteopathy.
The symptoms can include any or all of the following: back pain on one side, pain in the buttock and the back of the leg, pain in the lower leg and into the foot, and tingling or numbness in the lower leg. There can sometimes be a burning pain in the lower leg and foot. Pain is often made worse by sitting or standing still for long periods of time. Usually leg or buttock pain is worse than the back and sometimes there can even be no back pain at all.
Assessing the cause is the first priority but, in most cases, your sciatic pain can be managed and improved with osteopathy, possibly complemented by lifestyle modifications.
The treatment required depends on the cause of the lower back pain but, if it’s due to mechanical strain, osteopathy can make a huge difference. Get in touch and we will assess whether we can help with a course of treatment.
The condition mostly affects parts of the upper body, such as the hands, wrists, forearms, elbows, neck and shoulders.
RSI pain can be anything from mild to severe and symptoms tend to develop gradually, rather than overnight. People complain of aching, throbbing or tenderness, as well as a tingling, numbing or cramping sensation.
At first, you might only notice symptoms when you’re carrying out a particular repetitive action. But without treatment, the symptoms of RSI may eventually become constant and cause longer periods of pain. You may also get swelling in the affected area, which can last for several months. If symptoms persist, book an initial assessment with us.
By easing muscle tension and increasing blood supply and nerve function, we aim, with minimal medication, to dramatically reduce your pain and help you to feel human again.
Meet the team
M.Ost, DPO, ND
Zoë gained a Masters in Osteopathy at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) where she graduated with distinction. As a former personal trainer and pilates teacher, Zoe has a natural desire to optimize health, nutrition and fitness. She is also a qualified Naturopath. Whilst a large majority of her patients have sporting injuries, her interest has shifted more towards pre and post-partum care and paediatrics. This has resulted in her post graduate training at the Osteopathic Centre for Children. Zoe understands the physical strains placed upon mother and baby during pregnancy and child birth and most importantly she knows how to help women enjoy a pain free, relaxed pregnancy. Zoe uses a variety of osteopathic techniques to treat women and babies, including cranial osteopathy.
BSc (Hons) Ost Med, DO, ND
Paul initially trained as a professional violinist, traveling and performing extensively in the UK and abroad. In 1999 Paul decided to re-train as a massage therapist which he practiced alongside his music career, before graduating from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) in 2005 with a BSc in Osteopathic and Naturopathic Medicine. Paul has since trained in cranial osteopathy, modern acupuncture (also known as dry needling), ultrasound therapy and orthotic prescription. His special interest is foot mechanics, posture and ergonomics (workstation assessments). With such a wide skills base, Paul believes that he is able to provide truly holistic healthcare ‘from head to toe’! In his spare time Paul is a professional violinist, plays badminton, swims, runs, frequents the gym, and loves to ski whenever possible!
BSc (Hons), AOR
Sioned gained her science degree as a Complementary Therapist at University of Wales Institute Cardiff in 2008. Qualifications in advanced massage, pregnancy massage and reflexology have ensured she is a well-rounded therapist. Sioned has developed a particular interest in treating women during pregnancy. Her specialized skills have granted her the privilege of following mothers through this wonderful journey from conception to post-partum treatment. These treatments provide support during this physiological change and help with the common aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Sioned has also completed the ITEC level 4 in sports massage, further developing her knowledge in the treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries and helping towards optimizing performance.
We ask about your symptoms and the history of events that led up to your problem. We also want to work out if a specific activity/lack of activity, or possibly a vitamin deficiency, has contributed to the issue. We will record your full medical history as well as any other medical care or medication you’re receiving, before we carry out a thorough physical examination.
You will be asked to disrobe down to your underwear/swimwear/shorts (or to a level with which you feel comfortable – you may prefer to bring gym wear or loose, comfortable clothing) so that we can examine the full spine and see how your body is moving.
We first make a visual examination to look at the alignment of your spine, hips and ribs etc. We then ask you to do some simple movements to see how your muscles, joints and body move. We may also need to check your blood pressure, pulse, listen to your breathing to check your cardiovascular and respiratory system, or check your reflexes to test how your nerves are functioning. We may possibly refer you for blood tests or imaging if we feel you need them.
It may be necessary to conduct some orthopaedic tests to help us diagnose or rule out a disc prolapse or shoulder impingements. Finally, we carry out passive movements, gently moving your limbs to check for joint issues.
We will then be able to discuss whether osteopathy can help treat the problem and, if so, what the treatment programme should involve. Treatment is different for every patient but may include techniques such as different types of soft tissue massage (in which a cream or oil may be used) and joint articulation, stretches, and joint manipulations. Of course, this is dependent on the type of treatment you will be receiving, and your diagnosis. Home care advice may be given to help you continue to improve your condition independently.
An initial consultation (which includes treatment) lasts 45 minutes and costs £75 Follow up treatments last 25 minutes and are £65.
Child consultations (which include treatment) last 60mins and cost £80. Follow up treatments last 45 minutes and are £65. For details regarding home visits for babies, please contact us directly at email@example.com
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