Back pain is one of the main conditions for which people seek help from an osteopath. But if you have other pain that’s causing significant problems or isn’t getting better, it could be worth seeing an osteopath.
Osteopaths use a wide variety of gentle hands-on techniques to try to reduce your pain and prevent it from coming back. During this manual therap your practitioner skillfully uses calculated hand movements to manipulate and move your joints and soft tissues with the aim to release tension and improve how your body moves.
An osteopath can offer this type of treatment for short-term or long-term pain. They can also help with neurological pain - an example of which is pain that spreads from your back down your legs or from your neck down your arms.
In addition to the above osteopaths often suggest some self-help measures that you can take and advise on exercises to alleviate pain.
How to arrange treatment with an osteopath
Most people directly arrange treatment with an osteopath by booking a private appointment.
What happens when you see an osteopath?
Finding the problem
Before any treatment can commence, the problem has to be identifed. This is done during the first appointment which usually takes around 45 minutes to an hour. During this appointment, your osteopath will talk to you about your pain, your overall health, and any other treatment you’re having.
There will most likely be a physical examination during which your osteopath will look at the structure of your whole body in relation to any pain. This may require you to remove some clothing so that the movement of bones and joints can be observed. Also, you will probably be asked to do some simple movements and stretches your osteopath will feels around joints, ligaments and tissues with their hands.
Treatment and informed consent
Your osteopath will talk to you about what they’ve found from their examination before they go ahead with any treatment. They’ll explain what treatment they recommend, and the benefits and risks involved.
Be sure to ask your osteopath any questions you might have. It’s important that you fully understand what is involved in your treatment because you’ll be asked to give your consent for it to go ahead.
Your osteopath will use manual techniques to try to reduce your back pain increase the movement in your joints and relieve muscle tension.
The main techniques your osteopath may use include the following.
Massage This is when your osteopath directly applies pressure to the soft tissues of your back. It aims to reduce tension in your back and relieve your pain.
Manipulation In manipulation, your osteopath will make a quicker thrusting action with their hands at a particular point of your spine. You might hear a ‘pop’ sound when they do this.
Muscle energy technique This is a technique in which your osteopath will ask you to push against them, while they apply force back. This aims to increase the range of motion in the affected joint.
Functional technique In this technique, your osteopath will gently move your joints into positions that reduce your tension and pain, before gradually working them back to the original position.
Counterstrain This involves your osteopath slowly moving you into the position that causes you least pain. They’ll hold you in this position for a short time while they monitor ‘tender points’ – areas on your body that are causing your pain.
Myofascial release therapy This is a type of deep massage technique, in which your osteopath aims to release tension and tightness in your muscles.
Lymphatic pump techniques These techniques aim to help the movement of the fluid known as lymph around your body and to correct any blockages. They’re based on the theory that a build-up of lymph in your tissues can lead to health problems.
Your osteopath may also give you advice on improving your posture, and what types of exercise you can do to help with your pain.
What to expect after osteopathy
You may feel a little sore for the first few days after your treatment.
You may need more than one treatment. Your osteopath will assess you at each session and discuss and agree with you any changes needed to your treatment plan.
Manual therapies such as those offered by an osteopath are usually only one part of your treatment for back pain. It’s important that you also follow any advice your osteopath or other healthcare professional gives you on looking after yourself and doing exercises. This will give you the best chance of a quick recovery, and will help to stop your pain returning.
How can osteopathy help me?
The manual techniques used in osteopathy can help to relieve pain and improve how your back works. The aim is for you to get moving again and start getting back to your normal activities. Keeping active, rather than resting is the best thing for back pain.
Studies looking into how well manipulation works have found that it’s just as good as other treatments for back pain. These include exercise therapy and medical treatment.
Regenerative Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a new non-surgical procedure for soft tissue that is offered by WINHealth Clinic.
During this process, a shockwave therapy machines pass short, intense energy sound waves, travelling faster than the speed of sound, into affected tissues. This causes microtrauma, increases blood flow and stimulates an acute inflammatory response which aids the healing process.
This technique is widely used in orthopaedics and sports medicine, it is recognised as a treatment for a number of musculoskeletal conditions such as:
ESWT is increasingly used as a treatment for health problems such as erectile dysfunction, slow-healing wounds, cellulite and neurological conditions. It oﬀers advantages over surgery as it is non-invasive with fewer potential complications and a faster return to normal activity.
Five treatments are performed at weekly intervals. Each treatment is simple, with no injections used. Your aﬀected area is positioned against the head of the ESWT machine and a shockwave is delivered to the area. The sensation is felt as a pulse.
Shockwave therapy has both NICE guidance and FDA approval for a large number of indications. If delivered by qualified therapists, the treatment is largely risk and side-effect-free, making it a safe treatment choice for musculoskeletal conditions and chronic pain. Shockwave therapy is a highly trusted treatment modality.
The Many Benefits Of Shockwave Therapy:
* Fast recovery
* Fewer potential complications
* No anesthesia
* Non invasive
* No medication
* Fast treatment: 20 minutes per session
* Significant clinical benefit: often seen 6 to 8 weeks after treatment
Shockwaves stimulate the regeneration of skeletal muscle tissue and accelerate repair processes.
AMERICAN JOURNAL FOR SPORTS MEDICINE
Whilst traditional acupuncture is based on the belief that an energy, or “life force”, flows through the body in channels called meridians. Medical Acupuncture is based on scientific evidence that shows that it can stimulate nerves under the skin and in the muscle tissue results in the body producing pain relieving substances, such as endorphins.
Medical Acupuncture involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle to stimulate the healing process of soft tissues (muscle “trigger points”, fascia, tendons and ligaments, etc). The aim is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain and increase blood flow to the area of pain or discomfort resulting in pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology. For chronic pain of neuropathic origin, Medical Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment with very few side effects. Research suggests it improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor endplates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.
● Athletic Performance
● Fascial adhesions or scar tissue.
● Trigger Points have been identified in numerous diagnoses, such as radiculopathies
● Joint dysfunction
● Disc pathology
● Tension-type headaches
● ergonomic-related disorders
● Whiplash associated disorders
● Spinal dysfunction
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
In between your spinal vertebrae there are intervertebral discs that act as cushions. They exist to absorb shock, act as spacers, and allow the nerves to leave your spinal cord safely. Commonly the discs in the neck or lower back can become injured or damaged in a variety of ways. Spinal decompression is an excellent, non-invasive way to help recovery from such injuries that works by taking pressure off of the injured, slipped, bulging or degenerating spinal disc.
Based on widely published research, spinal decompression is the single most successful, non-invasive approach to treating disc related symptoms. It is safe, effective, and targets the root cause of the symptoms as opposed to injections which can give fast relief, but merely provide temporary relief.
Some Of The Conditions & Symptoms That Spinal Decompression Can Help
Disc Injuries can be very painful and in their early stages the pain experienced can be quite severe. In the more chronic and degenerative conditions the pain can become more of a constant ache without relief. Disc injuries in general have the ability to produce local pain in the spine, or pain down the leg or arm, which can be caused by nerve involvement.
Below are a few conditions spinal decompression is perfect for:
* Slipped & Bulging Discs - by decreasing the pressure on the disc reducing the bulge or slip.
* Degenerative Disc Disease - by helping provide hydration and nutrition to degenerate discs.
* Herniated Disc - by decreasing the pressure on the disc helping the healing process.
* Trapped Nerves & Sciatica - by reducing disc pressure, the nerves become free to move again without compression.
The four goals of Decompression Therapy are as follows:
• Improve the health of the intervertebral disc • Rehabilitate supporting muscles and ligaments
• Realign spinal structures
• Release pressure on nerves
Why choose Decompression Therapy?
* Current treatment is not working
* Want to stop taking painkillers
* Seeking long-term pain relief
* Want to return to normal daily activities
What is vacuum therapy?
Vacuum therapy is a method that uses negative pressure generated inside a therapeutic device which is applied to the body.
The vacuum created at the site of application causes blood vessels to widen which in turn causes their permeability to increase resulting in an improvement in tissue blood supply. This improved circulation allows a greater supply of nutrients and oxygen to reach the area being treated whilst simultaneously enabling the waste products of metabolism to be processed and discharged more easily and more efficiently.
Vacuum therapy facilitates
*Local improvement of circulation
*Increased removal of metabolic products from the therapy site
*Stimulation of collagen and elastin production
*Local extravasation (removal of blood from intravascular spaces)
As a result of these processes, we achieve improvement in the treatment of:
*Inflammation of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and joints
K Laser therapy
Laser therapy uses specific wavelengths of light to stimulate key molecules in human tissues. Years of medical research have identified the wavelengths, energy level and frequencies that induce changes in cellular metabolism (Photobiostimulation), for instance melanin absorbing sunlight that changes skins pigmentation.
K-Laser delivers specific energy from superficial to deep tissues activating a cascade of photochemical reactions that promotes cell function, enabling treated tissues to accelerate the stages of the healing process and reduce pain sensation. This is considered a safe and non-invasive treatment that uses the body’s own regenerative processes.
The K-Laser penetrates into soft tissues, joints and bones, it provides energy to the cells enhancing the natural regenerative processes. This leads to accelerating tissue metabolism and microcirculation, cells assimilate nutrients, divide and get rid of waste and inflammatory products more efficiently. Which then as a result, tendons, ligaments and muscles repair faster, with less scarring and reduced pain and inflammation.
• Repetitive strain injuries
• Neck and back pain
• Osteoarthritic joint pain
• Acute and sport injuries
• Tendinopathies and Ligament injuries
• Musculoskeletal conditions during pregnancy
• Post-surgical rehabilitation
What is Acoustic Wave Therapy (AWT)
Acoustic Wave Therapy (AWT) works by passing pressure waves or sound waves through the skin with enough power to activate fat cells and increase blood flow. This technology allows the body to stimulate fat breakdown, collagen synthesis and lymphatic drainage within the patient’s targeted areas. AWT has a regenerative effect on cellular metabolism that lasts over time. It is used to combat cellulite, stretch marks, wrinkles and more
Applications for the face and body
When applied to the body, AWT improves blood flow to the skin.
WIN Health Clinic uses Storz Medical devices. These help cells flush away unwanted fat through the body’s natural waste elimination process.
AWT has been shown to reduce the effects of cellulite and reduce circumference around legs, hips and arms, with improvements seen within as little as two to three weeks.
It is an excellent alternative to surgical liposuction and can get rid of clients unwanted lumps, bumps and cellulite and to achieve a smoother silhouette.
Applied to the face, AWT can also stimulate fibroblasts deep within the skin to promote collagen and elastin production and cell renewal, resulting in a firmer and smoother complexion with reduced wrinkle depth after only one treatment. The waves enhance micro-circulation and oxygen supply to the affected areas, this results in an increased blood supply and removal of excess fluid.
AWT is a non-invasive and painless technology that acts by stimulating physiological responses within the body that generates lasting results with no side effects.
"AWT is suitable for everyone. It acts by stimulating blood circulation, improving cell wall permeability, eliminate waste products from the body and, last but not least, they allow the reduction of fat cells and the relaxation of connective tissue that cause cellulite."
Nutriotion and naturopathy
Is relying on drugs causing side effects from the conditions you suffer from? Are you looking for help with digestion problems, allergies, headaches, sleeping problems, PMS, anxiety or fatigue?
Have you been suffering for years with a medical diagnosis (e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Hypothyroidism) and tried conventional treatments with limited success?
Naturopathic medicine is a form of treatment that supports and encourages the body’s innate ability to heal itself. It is a holistic form of care that promotes a general state of well being through dietary principles, lifestyle and exercise to manage our physiological systems.
The body’s ability to function at its optimum will depend on the nutrients it receives. This is to help protect against diseases and to restore health. This is important because in some individuals and in certain cases diet can be a risk factor for numerous diseases.
Naturopathic nutrition may help with the following:
● Men’s health
● Blood sugar management
● Skin health
● Sinus problems
● Women’s health / menopause / hormone imbalance
Practitioners of Naturopathic nutrition consider each individual to be unique and recommend a tailor made nutrition programme to each client. We often work alongside other medical and healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided. However, this therapy is not intended to replace medical advice. For this reason, any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms are always advised to seek help from their medical professional.
Osteopathy for Pregnancy
During pregnancy the body undergoes an enormous amount of change to accommodate the growing fetus. These changes require the body to find ways to adapt to the additional weight of the baby. As a result, there will be notable changes to the body’s posture – including the way an individual sits and walks. Additionally, organs are misaligned to make room for the baby and, due to the extra pressure, joints, ligaments and tissues structure are also affected.
Common pregnancy issues include:
* Lower back pain
* Neck injuries
* Joint injuries
* Knee pain
* Rib discomfort
* Strain on the pelvis
Osteopathy can aid in the pregnancy process by encouraging some normality to the body’s structure enabling it to function in the most efficient, pain free way possible. All techniques used within the treatments are safe and natural allowing the mother and baby to be safe and comfortable during the process.
After pregnancy, some mothers can experience a variety of problems as the body is slowly trying to restore, restructure and realign itself. There may be pain and discomfort during this time. Osteopathic techniques can aid with this transitional process by treating the areas of discomfort to ease pain during this time.
Microblading is a form of cosmetic tattooing that uses a small blade to create hair-like strokes in the skin, resulting in fuller, more defined brows. Practitioner Jas takes a personalised approach to each client, ensuring that their unique facial features and desired aesthetic are taken into consideration when creating their perfect brows.
At our clinic, we prioritise safety and cleanliness by using only sterile, single-use tools and adhering to strict sanitation protocols. We also use high-quality pigments that are carefully selected to match each client's skin tone and hair colour, resulting in a natural and long-lasting look.
Our goal is to empower our clients by giving them the confidence that comes with perfectly shaped and filled-in eyebrows. We believe that every person deserves to feel beautiful and confident in their own skin, and we are committed to helping our clients achieve that.
WIN health clinic provides a comprehensive orthotic service for adults and children.
Orthotics is a specialist medical discipline in which external orthoses or braces/supports are designed and fitted to an individual to provide one or more of the following:
● Support to the arches of the feet
● Correction of leg length imbalances
● Decrease the risk of injury to the feet
● Prevent and correct physical deformities
● Provide stability to the joints of the feet
● Decrease foot pain
● Improving foot function and mobility
Orthotics we use:
Here at WIN health clinic we have had great success in prescribing Dual Density Orthotics. These orthotics provide not only greater control and support by using a higher density EVA Foam but also comfort by combining it with a softer mid density EVA foam.
The EVA provides greater support for both the longitudinal arch and calcaneus, midtarsal joint and metatarsal shaft comfort. They are specifically designed for active patients involved in high performance sporting activities and for general use when the patient requires more support in the heel and arch.
These orthotics are custom moulded for our patients during the orthotic consultation to provide an accurate fit to your foot to ensure greater support and comfort. This ensures better support to your feet when walking and they will remain in place within your shoe.
This custom service could help you with any of the problems mentioned or can be used as a preventative measure to ensure good foot and back health.