Osteopathy is an effective and comprehensive healthcare system of manual therapy suitable for all ages.

Osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) who ensure a high standard of education, generally 4-5 years full time study is required, to reach the relevant standard in order to practice. GOsC also ensure osteopaths keep up to date with regular Continual Professional Development training courses.

With a history of over 100 years, osteopathy is well established. You can be assured that when you see a Registered Osteopath, you are safe in expert hands.

Who Can Benefit From Osteopathy?

The Whole Family

Extended family in living room smilingDifferent stages of life bring their own challenges. Often stresses put on the body in our youth, have an effect on us later when our bodies are less flexible. A good example is carrying heavy school bags around which can possibly lead to curvatures in the spine or imbalances to muscles in the shoulders. While our bodies are still growing any activity we do repeatedly can have a lasting effect if not addressed. It is a myth to think that children do not hold tension in their bodies. All the activities they take part in and even the growing up process itself, will cause tightening in muscles and general aches and pains. Allowed to carry on long term, these strains can affect joint mobility.

The good news is that young people and children respond very quickly to treatment. As we get older our flexibility often decreases and wear and tear to our joints from repeated activity begins to become apparent. There is no need to suffer in silence. While your osteopath may not be able to reverse the wear and tear, they should be able to help you improve any symptoms you have and work with you to prevent further deterioration.

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Men of all ages

all agesAlthough times are changing, most men have been at least jointly responsible as the breadwinner of the family and spent long periods of time working. Any activity we take part in regularly can lead to strain through prolonged use of the same muscles or extended time periods spent in specific positions, made worse if we have poor posture. Young boys and men who take part in regular sports may also be putting their body through activities which while benefiting their physique and health, may be having a detrimental effect to the joints and muscles.

An example is a condition such as Osgood Schlatter's Syndrome which tends to affect boys under 16 and is caused by overuse of the front thigh muscle when kicking. While men can often be the butt of jokes suggesting they are not good patients (man flu etc) it is commonly understood that men are less likely to go to the doctors about something that may be concerning them. Osteopaths have more time to spend taking a case history with each patient than a busy NHS doctor, so you may find you have the time to discuss any health concerns you may have. Your osteopath can advise you accordingly or refer you to a specialist if you require. Everything discussed is confidential.

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Physically Challenged

Wheelchair womanYou could be a wheelchair user or an amputee. You may have had your physical challenge from birth or perhaps it is something that has happened to you recently. Whatever your situation, osteopathy may be able to help you deal with the stresses and strains of every day life. It may be that you suffer from lower back pain from being in your chair all day, it could be that your shoulders are now sore from using crutches to get around after you have had a fracture, it could be that you were born with or have acquired a condition that causes spasming in your muscles, osteopathy can help you to cope with the symptoms.

We apologise that some of our clinics are not wheelchair accessible but are pleased to inform you we are happy to come to you and provide treatment in the comfort of your own home. For the hearing impaired, while we do not currently have practitioners who can communicate with sign language, we can spend time with you and communicate in writing or via an interpreter if you have one. We do intend to have staff trained in sign language in the near future.

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Stressed Out

stressedWhen stressed we often hold tension in our bodies. For many of us it might be in the shoulder area which can result in pain and discomfort and even lead to postural problems through imbalances caused by tight muscles. Osteopathy can help realign the body into a more neutral position and relieve the tension in your muscles, allowing your body to relax and recuperate. Osteopathy can also help improve your circulation which is a great benefit when you are seriously under pressure as you will have stress hormones in your bloodstream and these can be eliminated more efficiently with better circulation. Just feel the tension drain from your body!

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Young people & children

youngAs children grow up, their body has to cope with many changes. Osteopaths can help the body adjust to these changes and the postural demands placed upon it. If problems are left undiagnosed or untreated it could lead to problems later in life. Your osteopath has the skills to analyse, treat and manage problems associated with growth. On occasions it may be necessary to refer to another specialist .

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Pregnant Women

pregnantDid you know you can get a grant for £190 towards helping you prepare for the baby from H.M. Customs & Excise?

You can find out more from this website: http://campaigns2.direct.gov.uk/money4mum2be/en/ Why not spend some of that money on easing any aches and pains you may have from your body's changing shape by booking an osteopathy session? Osteopathy is safe to be used in pregnancy and your practitioner will select only the most appropriate, gentle techniques.

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Sports/ Dance Injuries

sportsAt Pivotal we understand the needs of the sports person or dancer who has to continue working even with an injury. Osteopathy can help by encouraging your body back into a more neutral position and relieving muscular tension. Your practitioner will be able to advise you on exercises and stretches which will help your complaint. We can travel to your dressing room with our couch to give you treatment to ease any aches and pains, (as long as within reasonable travel distance).

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High Performance Athletes

B&W_Ana_&_IPivotal's founder has a special interest in contact sport and especially fighting sports such as boxing and MMA. Having boxed competitively and worked in a professional boxing gym for over five years as a fitness instructor, technique & conditioning coach, performance strategist and manager, Pauline is well aware of the difficulties facing high performing athletes and the pressure they put their mind and body through in fight preparation.

If you compete in sport to a high level, you will know how tired your body can become and how it benefits from manual therapies such as massage. Osteopathy can help keep your body in balance from all the hard work and also rehabilitate any injuries too. We can work with you and your coach to ensure you can continue to train by suggesting modifications to your training and prescription of exercises and stretches to help with any strain you may have. Treatments can be carried out in one of our clinics or at your gym, whichever is preferable.

Musicians/ Guitarists

guitarits musiciansDue to holding instruments for long periods of time during practice and when performing too, musicians can develop tension and strain in various parts of their bodies. The repeated small movements required to play many instruments can lead to a variety of Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI's). It is worth seeking advice as soon as possible so that a treatment plan can be developed for you to include stretches and exercises which will help with the problem. more >>


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